Sunday, December 7, 2014

Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne

In his memoir Walk to Beautiful, Jimmy Wayne recounts his childhood experience of abandonment, abuse and foster care. As a mother, this story was hard to read. Several times I wanted to reach into the pages and hug this hurting child. Eventually Jimmy is taken in by an elderly couple who give him the love, encouragement and home he so desperately needs.

Against all odds, Jimmy ends up with a successful career in country music. He uses this platform to tell his stories and winds up with several hit songs that deeply touch his audience. In an effort to bring more awareness to foster kids, Jimmy decides to walk half away across the United States in a campaign he called Meet Me Halfway.

I found this book to be a powerful reminder of how much our actions and words can influence those around us - for good or bad. Jimmy's mom was a destructive force in his life while Bea, was the catalyst for positive change. Every encounter we have has the potential to build up or tear down and this book reminded me of that message.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.