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Title:
Walk to beautiful : the power of love and a homeless kid who found the way
Author:
Wayne, Jimmy, 1972- , author.
Publication Information:
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2014]
Physical Description:
xix, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Summary:
Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover. That's the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It's a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. He now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere.
Language:
English
Contents:
Prologue: FTW: twenty-seven years earlier -- A wake-up call. Big time! ; Back home -- The crazy years. Life with Carroll ; Vance street vice, mayhem, and murder ; Matinee madness ; Hangover street ; Ghost tales ; I think I know how Jesus felt ; Foster kid ; Hungry ; Baptized ; Grandpa's place ; A light in the darkness ; Money for mama ; Sparkles ; The nightmare begins ; Sante shoot-out ; On the run ; Facing the bullies ; Faith farm ; Doctor death ; Didn't she always come back? ; My worst birthday ever ; Bumping into angels ; Family affairs -- Saved by love. The most beautiful woman in the world ; My first band ; It's not where you've been, it's where you're goin' ; Working inside ; Country bust ; Nashville novice ; Good-bye Jimmy, good-bye Bea ; Some dreams really do come true ; You never know ; Who me? a country star? ; House of cards ; Exposure ; Second change -- The walk. Walking away or walking toward? ; Walk on! ; New friends, snakes, and a dog ; Pie town ; Not complainin', just explainin' ; First steps to a new journey -- Epilogue: be somebody.
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ISBN:
9780849922107
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* NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER*

Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover.

That's the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It's a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. But he didn't just overcome great adversity in his life; he now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system.

Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy's horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, "She changed every cell in my body."

It also chronicles Jimmy's rise to fame in the music industry and his Meet Me Halfway campaign: his walk halfway across America, 1,700 miles from Nashville to Phoenix, to raise awareness for foster kids.

Join Jimmy on his walk to beautiful and see how one person really can make a difference.

ENDORSEMENTS

"If your story could use a better chapter, take inspiration from Jimmy's." --Max Lucado, New York Times Best-Selling Author

"It reads like a movie to me, and if so, I'll be the first one in a seat to see it." --Dolly Parton

"Walk to Beautiful will open your eyes to the hurting people around you." --Frank Harrison, Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated; Chairman and Cofounder, With Open Eyes


Author Notes

Jimmy Wayne Barber was born on October 23, 1972 in North Carolina. He is a country music singer and songwriter. He had four singles from his self- titlled debut album reach the Top Ten Billboard country charts in 2003. His hits include 'Stay Gone' and 'I Love You This Much'. His second album, which was realeased in 2008, Do You Believe Me Now, contained a Number One hit with its title track.

In addition to his music career Jimmy Wayne became an author when he co-wrote with Ken Abraham, Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid who Found the Way. This book invloves his life story and made the iBook bestseller list in 2017.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Abandoned by a bipolar mother and her husband at the age of 13, musician Wayne was bumped from foster home to foster home until he knocked on a door, asking for odd jobs, and met Bea and Russell Costner. The couple gave him the love and stability he'd never known, which saw him through high school and college and into a career in country music and advocacy. Wayne settled into his new life, watching with sadness as Russell Costner succumbed to cancer, observing Bea's strong faith, getting his first job, forming a band, and discovering his voice as an advocate for children who, like himself, were left to fend for themselves or stagnate in juvenile detention centers. Wayne also saw his career in country music take off after he was discovered during an audition for a talent program. Today, he is also national spokesperson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children. Wayne's story is one that will reverberate with any who have found themselves without hope, love, or stability. Its message of the importance of faith and fortitude will inspire a wide audience. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Prologue: FTW: Twenty-Seven Years Earlierp. xvii
Part 1 A Wake-Up Callp. 1
1 Big Time!p. 3
2 Back Homep. 11
Part 2 The Crazy Yearsp. 19
3 Life with Carrollp. 21
4 Vance Street Vice, Mayhem, and Murderp. 27
5 Matinee Madnessp. 39
6 Hangover Streetp. 43
7 Ghost Talesp. 49
8 I Think I Know How Jesus Feltp. 55
9 Foster Kidp. 65
10 Hungryp. 77
11 Baptizedp. 83
12 Grandpa's Placep. 87
13 A Light in the Darknessp. 93
14 Money for Mamap. 101
15 Sparklesp. 107
16 The Nightmare Beginsp. 113
17 Sante Shoot-Outp. 125
18 On the Runp. 131
19 Facing the Bulliesp. 143
20 Faith Farmp. 149
21 Doctor Deathp. 159
22 Didn't She Always Come Back?p. 169
23 My Worst Birthday Everp. 179
24 Bumping into Angelsp. 189
25 Family Affairsp. 197
Part 3 Saved By Lovep. 205
26 The Most Beautiful Woman in the Worldp. 207
27 My First Bandp. 217
28 It's Not Where You've Been; It's Where You're Goin'p. 225
29 Working Insidep. 235
30 Country Bustp. 243
31 Nashville Novicep. 253
32 Good-bye, Jimmy; Good-bye, Beap. 259
33 Some Dreams Really Do Come Truep. 265
34 You Never Knowp. 275
35 Who Me? A Country Star?p. 283
36 House of Cardsp. 293
37 Exposurep. 303
38 Second Chancep. 313
Part 4 The Walkp. 319
39 Walking Away or Walking Toward?p. 321
40 Walk On!p. 329
41 New Friends, Snakes, and a Dogp. 337
42 Pie Townp. 345
43 Not Complaining', Just Explainin'p. 355
44 First Steps to a New Journeyp. 363
Epilogue: Be Somebody!p. 371
Acknowledgmentsp. 377