Trains, Jesus, and Murder: The Gospel according to Johnny Cash

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When I was younger, I never knew too much about Johnny Cash. Thanks to Trains, Jesus, and Murder, I can say that I have been missing out! Richard Beck does an excellent job of combining biography with religion.

Johnny Cash lived a life filled with sorrow and regret, mixed with some enjoyable moments. Between a strained and failed marriage, a strained relationship with God, and being shot into superstardom, it was no surprise to hear of the trouble he had to endure. The solution to his problems came in different forms, but it always helped when the gospel was present somewhere. One thing that helped was the prison system, a place that on the outside appears to house the worst kind of people but on the inside can provide healing to both inmates and visitors.

Beck formats his book based on Cash’s singles. It’s amazing how each title fits perfectly with Cash’s life events. Some backstory on the creation and meaning of the song is given, then additional biblical facts are stated that coincide with the events occurring in Cash’s life. Beck knows his Bible and how to present an entertaining, informative, and well-made book!

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Author Richard Beck
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 205 pages
Publisher Fortress Press
Publish Date 2019-11-05
ISBN 9781506433769
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Issue January 2020
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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