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Forever and Ever, Amen [Randy Travis – Book Review]

As soon as I saw this book was about Randy Travis, I couldn’t resist. Growing up in the 90s, I remember my grandma playing his music and watching some of his movies. I also love some of his songs I hear on Spotify, and i just knew this was a memoir I needed to read!

Travis is very open and honest. Sharing his humble roots and his ascent to fame, he does not skip on details. Sometimes I was bored, learning about his life. But I realized what a gift he has to be able to share his story about what he endured, and I had a new outlook on his story. Travis gives all of his details, from working in a kitchen to becoming a huge country music star. He lived a good life doing music, and he is grateful for all of those moments he was given. I liked learning about how his hit songs came to be and all of the people he worked with. I had no idea how much work goes into country music. It was also fun to learn about his awards and all of the people he has worked with.

Ken Abraham has helped weaved this story in something very conversational and easy to read. This is like sitting down with a friend and having a long conversation. It reminds me of my grandma telling me stories about her life, one of the reasons I will be buying this book for her so she can enjoy a story about Randy Travis and because of how casual and yet approachable this story is. Also, I didn’t know his story at all so I was surprised to learn about his manager Lib and how she turned out to be not so great. I suppose loyal fans already know, but that was a big surprise for me considering the kind way he would speak about her in the start of the book. Guess it just shows what a kind and good person Travis is.

Also, I actually thought Randy Travis was dead? And the reason is because this book talks about a terrible stroke he has where he almost did die.
He was also in a coma so they didn’t know he had a stroke, and he could have died. It was such a sad part of the book, and I was so glad to be able to read he had survived through his fiancée and his personal beliefs. However, he suffered a lot and had to learn to walk again. He also can’t do music anymore. But I honestly feel with how strong and wonderful he is, there could be more music from Travis in the future. He has will and gumption, and I think there will be more stories from him someday. And I look forward to them.

All in all, this book is wonderful. I would recommend this book to fans of Travis and those who enjoy memoirs with a conversation feel. It will be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good story about survival and his music fans. Of course I’ll be buying this for my grandma, and I hope she loves it as much as I do.

4 stars.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harper Collins for the advanced reader copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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