Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon

Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon


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Join Greg Laurie, pastor and bestselling author of Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, as he takes you on a personal journey into the life and legend of Johnny Cash.

At the peak of his career, Cash had done it all—living the ultimate rags-to-riches story of growing up on a cotton farm in the Deep South to becoming a Nashville and Hollywood sensation, singing alongside heroes like Elvis Presley and performing for several American presidents.

But through all of this, Cash was troubled. By the time he released the iconic Man in Black album in 1971, the middle-aged icon was broken down, hollow-eyed, and wrung out.

In his search for peace, Cash became embroiled in controversy. He was arrested five times in seven years. His drug- and alcohol-induced escapades led to car accidents and a forest fire that devastated 508 acres. His time was divided between Jesus and jail, gospel tunes and the “Cocaine Blues.”

But by the end of his life, Cash was speaking openly about his “unshakeable faith.” What caused the superstar to turn from his conflicting passions to embrace a life in Christ?

Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon dives deep into the singer’s inner demons, triumphs, and gradual return to faith. Laurie interviews Cash’s family, friends, and business associates to reveal how the singer’s true success came through finding the only Person whose star was bigger than his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621579748
Publisher: Salem Books
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 18,822
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship and the founder of Harvest Crusades, a nationwide evangelistic event that has drawn in more than 8.8 million people since 1990. He is the featured speaker of the nationally syndicated radio program, “A New Beginning,” and hosts a weekly television program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Laurie has authored over 70 books including “Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon,” which was accompanied by a film.

Greg has been married to Cathe Laurie for more than 40 years and they have two sons: Christopher and Jonathan. Greg and Cathe have five grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Prologue 17

Chapter 1 The Grapes of Cash 19

Chapter 2 Cottoning to Christ 31

Chapter 3 Meet Me in Heaven 41

Chapter 4 Finding His Voice 49

Chapter 5 High School Confidential 57

Chapter 6 The Man in Blue 65

Chapter 7 A Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White Dream 73

Chapter 8 Cash Rich and Spiritually Poor 81

Chapter 9 I Walk the Line 87

Chapter 10 Go West Young Man 93

Chapter 11 Say Goodbye to Hollywood 99

Chapter 12 The Black Hole 105

Chapter 13 One Man, Two Personalities 113

Chapter 14 El Paso Times 121

Chapter 15 End of the Line 127

Chapter 18 Free Man Freefall 133

Chapter 17 The Cave 139

Chapter 18 Cleanup Time 145

Chapter 19 Folsom 151

Chapter 20 Good Times, Bad Times 161

Chapter 21 Country Superstar 167

Chapter 22 Brother Billy and Tricky Dick 175

Chapter 23 A Cog in the Wheel 183

Chapter 24 Let's Talk About Jesus 189

Chapter 25 The Gospel Road 199

Chapter 26 A C-Plus Christian 207

Chapter 27 Fair to Middling 215

Chapter 28 A Contrast in Kings 223

Chapter 29 Swimming in Different Directions 231

Chapter 30 Where's Waldo? 237

Chapter 31 Rock Bottom and Top of the Pops 245

Chapter 32 Kicked to the Curb 253

Chapter 33 Into the Fire 263

Chapter 34 Then Came Branson 273

Chapter 35 The Wanderer Comes Home 279

Chapter 36 Resurrection 287

Chapter 37 Hip Icon 295

Chapter 38 (Spiritual) House of Cash 303

Chapter 39 The Man Comes Around 311

Chapter 40 Unshakeable Faith 319

Epilogue 329

Acknowledgements 333

Selected Bibliography 335

Sources 337

Endnotes 359

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