Wednesday, June 14, 2017

An Outlaw and a Lady - Book Review

I feel kind of bad. I am a huge music fan, but I had never heard of Mirriam Johnson or Mirriam Eddy or Jessi Colter.

I had heard of her husband Waylon Jennings. I had heard of Waylon's friends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams, Jr. I had heard of her son Shooter Jennings.

But I had never heard of Jessi Colter. Until now.

Her memoir An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home was one of those books that looked interesting enough, and so I picked it to review for lack of a better option. But I'm glad I did pick it.

If you know anything about Waylon Jennings and his music, then you'll want to read this book, which gives another perspective to what was going on during those times. And if you don't know anything about Waylong Jennings and his music, you'll still get a unique perspective from a woman who has endured in both her marriage and her faith.

Though she didn't have as big of a musical career as her husband, Jessi was a successful singer and songwriter with a few of her own albums released. But she was also a wife and a mother, and being married to Waylon wasn't always easy. Jessi's mother was a preacher who instilled in Jessi a love of God, but as Jessi became an adult, she shied away from the faith of her childhood only to realize later on that she needed God in order to have the strength to make her marriage work and be the source of strength that Waylon needed once he was ready to turn away from his reckless ways.

I found Jessi's life very interesting, and the chapters are pretty short so you can get through the book rather quickly. I would find myself finishing one chapter and saying, "Well, the next chapter won't be long. Let's just read another one!" I really did want to find out what stories the next chapter held. (And yes, there are some pictures.)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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