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Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: Jimmy Wayne's Walk to Beautiful

This is definitely the best book I've selected to review this year by far. It's perhaps the only one I remember having an emotional reaction to. Jimmy Wayne has a very powerful story, and he gets very personal and real to connect with the reader. You don't have to be familiar with him as a country artist to enjoy the story either. I'm sure he is a popular musician, but since I don't listen to the genre I wasn't familiar with who he was. He does create a powerful story full of honesty, and moments that will have you on the edge though.

Summary: Jimmy Wayne begins his story in a normal home, until his mother runs away with him and his sister in the middle of the night. From then on Wayne finds his life to be a chaos of instability and insecurity. His mother moves from dangerous situation to the next, and sometimes Jimmy finds himself homeless most of his childhood years. Each story shifts gears though beginning through his kid years to teens, and then to breaking into stardom as a singer, until he decided to walk across the country to raise awareness about the situation that foster kids live in.

Writing: The book has a lot of great ways of conveying the stories that Wayne shares in a way that makes you feel you are in the story as they are happening. It might even be this book that convinced me books can just be as good on Kindle. The book is well laid out too with three divided parts in Wayne's life. The emotions feel real though, and the writing just flows past you as you are reading the words.

Did the book motivate? I have to say I've been considering mentoring kids for a while, and this book really began to move my heart deeper on that. I also understand that it is serious commitment to become someone to a child where they know they have a consistent adult in their lives regardless of whether you're their guardian. Wayne even includes a story from a woman he met at the end who was inspired by his walk to become a mentor. There are all sorts of ways to get involved, and it doesn't have to be adopting or becoming a foster parent to make  a difference, even though those are amendable ways to get involved. It could be as simple as volunteering with an organization like CASA, or donating money. Wayne though makes you want to do something especially when you see that with his life it can make a difference when someone shares their time and kindness with you.


The most touching part of the story is as Jimmy shares his experience in getting to know Bea and Russell. They probably influenced him the most in life, and without them he shows how his world might have been a huge difference if not for their guidance. It's a beautiful testament to someone showing the love difference can make. I also really liked how Jimmy shared photos at the end of the book. I felt like it brought everything I had imagined to life, and I got to know everyone on a personal level though I had never met them.

I highly encourage getting a copy of this book to read. It's inspirational, and if it doesn't move you in some way then I would be shocked! I'm not usually easily moved by books, but this one really worked on me. Maybe it's that this has already been something that is on my heart though, and that could be why I connected so much.

This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a review.

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