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Filled with never-before-told stories, Forever and Ever Amen tells Randy Travis's story as only he can. From a working-class background in North Carolina to a job as a cook and club singer in Nashville to his "overnight success" with his smash 1986 album Storms of Life--which launched the neotraditional movement in country music--Randy’s first three decades are a true rags-to-riches story.But in 2009, this seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral. His marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012.Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Randy suffered a devastating viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke which he was not expected to survive.  Yet he not only survived but also learned to walk again and in 2016 accepted his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by singing the hymn that explains his life today: "Amazing Grace."Filled with never-before-told stories, Forever and Ever, Amen is a riveting tale of unfathomable success, great joy, deep pain, and redemption that can come only from above.

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5.0 out of 5.0 by We do NOT deserve Keanu Reeves! on May 22, 2019
On May 14th I unfortunately suffered a personal tragedy that would change a lot of things and bring me down to a really low level. But on the very same day I stepped outside my door and down at my feet was this book packaged up that I’d pre-ordered months prior.At first I set the book aside in attempt to gather myself before I’d even consider trying to give a book the time of day, but I kept eyeing it until I decided to read the description, then I told myself “Just a few pages!”..Then I found myself reading this book even on quick lunch breaks from work or any time I got the chance. I just finished the book and I feel like I’ve gained a new friend. This book is excellent - especially for any person who absolutely loves classic country music and had the privilege of getting to blast Randy on their radios in the late 80’s and the 90’s.You learn a lot from this book - about Randy’s unfortunate doomed-from-the-start relationship with an older woman named Lib who I sincerely believe used Randy and dried him of his finances, an up close and personal view of his musical career, all of the wonderful people he met and some of his less proud moments. You also get a taste of what it’s been like for Randy after his stroke and his loving relationship with Mary, who has been his rock.This book is absolutely wonderful and absolutely worth the buy. Randy has made such an impact on the Country music world with his beautiful songs and unique voice and even though things have changed after his medical setback, it’s a beautiful thing that he is still here with us and is such a fighter. Randy Travis is a true inspiration and so many people love him. This book has been a great comfort to me and despite the fact that I had no desire to really read ANYTHING after my upsetting personal drawback, I just couldn’t help myself. I felt like Randy was sitting there reading it directly to me and telling me his story in that standout voice of his. This is a superb book and not only well thought out, well written and raw but a book that I personally think most people can find solace and some form of comfort in.
Inspiring Read About One of the Greatest Traditional Country Voices Ever

5.0 out of 5.0 by Alan Fahrner on May 26, 2019
I’m generally a 70s rock-and-roll kind ‘a guy, but I can appreciate music from pretty much any genre, as long I can make out a melody and someone isn’t screaming at me the whole time. :-)One genre I didn’t like as a kid, but grew to enjoy, was a country…especially traditional country. If there is anyone the last few decades who is the epitome of traditional country, it’s Randy Travis. When he announced on Twitter he had an autobiography coming out, I immediately pre-ordered it on Amazon. Boy, I am glad I did.I give Forever and Ever, Amen 5 stars based on:5 – Pay for both the electronic and paper versions4 – Pay for the electronic or paper version (whichever is your preference)3 – Pay for it if it is heavily discounted2 – Read it if it is free1 – Unless you need a cure for insomnia, skip itI’m more of a non-fiction technology or leadership book reader, but Forever and Ever, Amen, was a tremendous, inspiring break. Within its pages you learn how one of the greatest country voices ever grew up, how his career took off, and how he battled back from a debilitating stroke (a battle he is still fighting). It is an honest work, admitting his humanity while still “telling it as it is” when he was wronged (in a diplomatic way).Perhaps what was most inspiring character trait obvious from the autobiography was Randy’s humility. This is my favorite passage in its pages:“L.D. and I were talking one night after a show about another artist we had recently seen. The artist seemed almost rude and uncaring about the fans and so arrogant. I was certain I must have gotten the wrong impression, so I asked L.D., ‘Did that artist seem cocky to you?’L.D. nodded and said, ‘Yeah, Hoss, an ego is a heavy thing to carry.’I thought that was a simple yet profound statement. After that, any time I felt tempted to get cocky, I recalled, ‘An ego is a heavy thing to carry.’”Randy, based on your book…you have lived the wisdom in J.D.’s statement all your professional career.Which leads me to the final thing I’d like to note. Considering what he’s gone though (and it’s far more than just his stroke), Randy could have a negative attitude about life…but, he and his wife Mary have the opposite. He wraps up “Acknowledgements” with:“Most of all, I am grateful to the Lord Jesus, who never gave up on me, and who continues to bless my life. He is the final ‘Amen!’”Great perspective Randy! Thanks for the music! Thanks for the book!
Forever and Ever, Amen By Randy Travis

5.0 out of 5.0 by Unknown on May 18, 2019
I would have rated this a TEN if I could have. I enjoyed reading this book more than any of the nearly hundreds of books I have read. I saw him in concert and loved him as a singer and great performer. He was so friendly and a great person. I wish him well and hope I get to see him sing again. Everyone who loves country music should read this book. I learned how hard it must be for all Artists performing our there. Thank you Randy and Mary so much for writing this book. Good job!!!!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Heather M Knudsen on May 14, 2019
Beautifully written. Honest, gut wrenching and uplifting. I recommend this to anyone struggling in life or their faith. God is good! His faith is infectious
70% boring

2.0 out of 5.0 by Avid Reader on June 6, 2019
I really wanted to like this book, but it was difficult to do so.I have always like Randy Travis's real country music.The first 75 or 80 pages were interesting on how Randy got started. The next 80 or so pages were about concerts, awards shows and a very controlling woman who was allowed to make all decisions. Very boring and infuriating that Travis allowed it to go for so long.The last 100 pages were about his health issues. They were many and very very serious. This was the most interesting part due to his determination and Mary's fortitude. Travis is the recipient of God's miraculous healing power and he gives God the glory. The last few chapters were again about awards and concerts. Who was there, what they sang, blah, blah, blah.I'm sorry this isn't a better review, but I just felt like I wasted my money and time.
My Heroes.....Randy & Mary Travis

5.0 out of 5.0 by Tracy B. on May 26, 2019
I love this book! I have been a Randy Travis fan for years but after reading thus book I feel like I know him so much better. He has been through so much & still smiles & has faith in Jesus!! The way his wife has cared for him tells me she is beautiful inside & out!!! Now I am also a fan of Mary's!! I pray God will help them fully recover from all the heart aches & hurt they have endured!!! God Bless U Both xoxoxo Ur Always & Forever Fan💖 I Love U Both!!!