(Excerpt from a column I wrote for my newspaper): Today’s book review is very personal for me. I’m writing about “Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way.” Jimmy Wayne, a country singer, is the primary author. Ken Abraham is the co-author; he specializes in collaborating on books with public figures. Thomas Nelson is the publisher of the New York Times bestseller.
Wayne’s book details the many tragedies he faced, which included being homeless and being a foster child. He aged out of foster care, something that makes a statistic out of the majority of such teens. Nearly six years ago he walked about halfway across America to draw attention to foster care children’s needs.
I don’t have room to go into all the horrors Wayne faced. Nor do I have room to describe how Wayne rose above his tragedy to find Jesus and become a successful country singer who toured with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. But I will go into his work with foster children.
Wayne felt convicted one cold day in December 2009 while drinking expensive coffee in his posh Nashville townhome. He had just come off a whirlwind music tour. He began to think about all the foster kids who become homeless, addicted to drugs and imprisoned. He suddenly came up with the idea of walking from a foster care home in the Green Hills section of Nashville to another facility in Phoenix, Arizona, both of which he had done some work with. He started out on his walk on New Year’s Day 2010.
FOR THE REST OF THE COLUMN (and why this topic is personal to me): Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Column: Jason Reynolds: Wayne went through hell as a child; now, he builds brighter future for others