Charlie Daniels — Grammy Award Winning Country Recording Artist (Devil Went Down To Georgia)Never Look At The Empty Seats - A Memoir, is the incredible story of a country music legend. Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Readers will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way. The book also includes insights into the many musicians that orbited Charlie’s world, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette and many more. Charlie was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016, shortly before his 80th birthday. He now shares the inside stories, reflections, and rare personal photographs from his earliest days in the 1940s to his self-taught guitar and fiddle playing high school days of the fifties through his rise to music stardom in the seventies, eighties and beyond. Charlie Daniels presents a life lesson for all of us regardless of profession: “Walk on stage with a positive attitude. Your troubles are your own and are not included in the ticket price. Some nights you have more to give than others, but put it all out there every show. You're concerned with the people who showed up, not the ones who didn't. So, give them a show and…Never look at the empty seats!” *Available Exclusively At Walmart As A Companion To Never Look At The Empty Seats is Charlie’s CD Memories, Memoirs and Miles: Songs of a Lifetime - a 12-track album dedicated to the man and friend who taught Charlie Daniels his first guitar chord, Russell Palmer. This album also features two bonus tracks: "Long Haired Country Boy" and "Still In Saigon."
Wallace Jeffs — Half-Brother of Polygamist Cult Leader Warren Jeffs, Author of Destroying Their God: How I Fought My Evil Half-Brother to Save My ChildrenIn 1991, Wallace Jeffs was coerced to become an FLDS polygamist. In 2011, Wallace rebelled against the sect, and the FBI helped him reclaim his kidnapped children. Then an "accident" put Wallace into a forty-five-day coma. Growing up as half-brother to future Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saint prophet Warren Jeffs, Wallace tried to follow FLDS teachings. After he built a successful business, the church required him to marry a second wife. Wallace fathered twenty children, but he never felt comfortable with polygamy or many other FLDS beliefs. As his prophet-brother increasingly manipulated him, Wallace started hearing about FLDS atrocities. On the day the FBI arrested Warren Jeffs for child rape, the prophet was en route to reclaim Wallace's second wife for himself. Wallace defied the prophet and soon ended up in a coma. Though Wallace feared FLDS sabotage caused his car crash, he kept fighting the sect. With today's movement against male abusers, Wallace's story reminds us that power and position don't corrupt all men. In 2018, Wallace found resolution by marrying an LDS woman in the Salt Lake Temple. At the same time, he renews our concern for the thousands who still live under FLDS control, including some of Wallace's own children.
Les Ferguson Jr. — Author Of Still Wrestling: Faith Renewed through BrokennessLes was a pastor who had to endure the horror of finding out that his handicapped child had been systematically raped by an older man from his church. This man had volunteered to hang out with their son (watching movies & playing video games) so Les and his wife invited him to live with the family. Then, after being arrested and released on bail, this man came back to the house and killed his son and wife. “Have you ever wanted to curse God? Or maybe shake your fist at Him? Have you ever had questions and no answers that were worth a plugged nickel? Have you ever felt like or been made to feel like something was wrong with you because you doubted, questioned, and didn’t understand? Yeah… Me too.” In the aftermath of a double murder, a destroyed family, and a shattered faith, Les gives hope to others wrestling with God through a dramatically different study of the Bible. Life happens to us all. When good turns to bad, the journey from bad back to good can seem impossible. In this candid book, Les Ferguson shares his story of when he struggled to believe, not that God existed, but that he cared. The questions of faith and doubt shared in Still Wrestling show the journey Les took through tragedy to a deep, renewed faith. Les approaches Scripture from an entirely different perspective than you might hear in Sunday school. With Les as your guide, you can learn to read your Bible in fresh, new ways and relate to the people of Scripture, examining their humanity, seeing their fears, and acknowledging their weaknesses. His perspective on brokenness will encourage you to bring your entire life, even your doubts, before God. *Following a six-year career in the U.S. Navy, Les Ferguson Jr. spent twenty years in ministry. After the murder of his wife and son, Les temporarily stopped standing behind the pulpit. He has since married his childhood sweetheart and returned to preaching. They have six sons and one grandson between them.
W.here's T.he F.aithJoin Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion, Faith and Cults (Oh My!)
Today's W.T.F. Guest: Jack Jenkins – National Reporter for the Religion News Service
In addition to ThinkProgress — where Jack served as Senior Religion Reporter for more than 3 years before starting at RNS — Jack Jenkins stories and analysis have been published in the Washington Post, Atlantic, Huffington Post, National Catholic Reporter, and others. His work has also been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, MSNBC, and others.
What Do The Interns Think Of All This Spiritual Stuff?Throughout the year, Drew invites various interns to help out with social media and video production. Four of the most recent interns will share their thoughts about what it’s been like working on Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show. What did they think they were getting themselves into? And what have they observed and possibly even learned about spirituality/religion/etc.?
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Jory NashJory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 8 critically acclaimed albums, and a brand new one just about to drop in July, called Wilderness Years. In 2013 his album Little Pilgrim was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) for Best Producer. His 2009 album New Blue Day was named Penguin Eggs Magazine Critic’s Choice Album of the Year. Jory Nash also received a CFMA nomination for New Blue Day. He is also a previous winner of the OCFF Songs From The Heart Award for his song "When I Walk Out". Jory Nash is a past Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and is the co-founder of an annual large scale, multi-artist concert celebrating the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Jory Nash plays acoustic guitar, piano and banjo and his warm, unique voice urges you to listen to his thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies. Jory Nash is regularly heard on numerous CBC Radio programs, SiriusXM, BBC, Galaxie, and college/NPR stations across North America. Jory Nash is a featured artist on the new CBC/SiriusXM channel SONICA. He tours regularly across Canada and the United States playing folk festivals, house concerts, folk clubs and soft seat theatres. Festival appearances include Summerfolk, Mariposa, Home County, Stewart Park, Eaglewood, Shelter Valley, Hillside, Blue Skies, Live From The Rock, Winterfolk and more. He has also several times been a featured performer in the Home Routes house concert series. Jory’s songs have been used in the feature length movie Moon Point and the feature length documentary 30 Ghosts. Multiple Jory Nash songs have been covered by Juno-nominated jazz singer Lori Cullen. *Jory Nash will be performing at www.hughsroomlive.com on June 16th along with his killer band - Jason Fowler & Dean Drouillard on guitars, Robbie Grunwald on piano and keys, Devon Henderson on bass, Gary Craig on drums and Lori Cullen on harmony vocals.
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