Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ken Abraham , Randy Travis
Narrator: Rory Feek
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio
Published In: May 2019
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Overview

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2019

Featured exclusively on the audiobook, narrator and award-winning songwriter Rory Feek shares his personal reflections and memories about Randy Travis and the impact he has had on country music.

The long-awaited, deeply personal story of one of American music's greatest icons, a remarkable tale of the utmost heights of fame and success, the deepest lows of life's sorrows, and a miraculous return from the brink of death—told as only Randy Travis can.

Beloved around the world, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel genres and is considered one of the finest performers of his generation, admired by superstars across the musical landscape, from Garth Brooks to Mick Jagger.

From a working-class background in North Carolina to a job as a cook and club singer in Nashville to his 'overnight success' with his smash 1986 album Storms of Life--which launched the neotraditional movement in country music--Randy’s first three decades are a true rags-to-riches story.

But in 2009, this seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral. His marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012.

Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Randy suffered a devastating viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke he was not expected to survive. Yet he not only survived but also learned to walk again and in 2016 accepted his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by singing the hymn that explains his life today: 'Amazing Grace.'

Filled with never-before-told stories, Forever and Ever, Amen is a riveting tale of unfathomable success, great joy, deep pain, and redemption that can come only from above.

Dive into Randy’s story with photos available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

Author Details

Author Details

Abraham, Ken

"Ken Abraham is a New York Times best-selling author, known around the world for his collaborations with popular celebrities and fascinating, high-profile public figures. Ken worked with Lisa Beamer, widow of United Flight 93 hero, Todd Beamer to create the number one New York Times best-seller, LET'S ROLL! (Tyndale House Publishers, August, 2002), Lisa's story of hope in the midst of crisis.

Ken recently penned RACING TO WIN (Multnomah, 2002), with Joe Gibbs, former coach of the Washington Redskins and now owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, winner of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship, with driver, Tony Stewart, and the 2000 Winston Cup Championship, with Joe Gibbs driver, Bobby Labonte.

In addition, Ken wrote THE RIGHT THING (Integrity Publishers, 2003), with Scott Waddle, the former Navy commander who brought his submarine up under a Japanese fishing boat on February 8, 2001, killing nine people. Commander Waddle's insistence that he is responsible and accountable for the accident, despite evidence that proves others were at fault, surprised a world that has become accustomed to leaders attempting to deflect blame away from themselves.

Ken's collaborations have been featured on ABC-TV's ""20-20,"" NBC-TV's ""Dateline,"" CNN's ""Larry King Live,"" ""Good Morning America"" (ABC), The CBS ""Morning Show,"" ""The Today Show"" (NBC), The [former] Nashville Network, and the Family Channel.

Drug-running, catastrophic death, AIDS, cancer, spousal abuse, imprisonment, and child abandonment . . . are just a few of the tough topics about which Ken Abraham has co-written books in recent years. Said one commentator, ""Ken Abraham gets more heart on paper than any co-writer in America. His books offer genuine hope for people going through the darkest of circumstances.""

For instance, Ken co-authored PAYNE STEWART, THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY, with Tracey Stewart. A thirteen-week New York Times bestseller, the book chronicles the life of one of the most famous professional golfers ever to grace the links. Known for his wit, charm, and sartorial splendor, including his colorful knickers and tam 'o shanter hats, Payne Stewart always left an impression. On October 25, 1999, the country watched on ""live"" television as Payne and five others streaked 1,400 miles across the nation in a Learjet with a dead pilot at the controls, finally crashing in a field in South Dakota. With Payne's wife, Tracey, Ken Abraham once again succeeded in telling a powerful, poignant story in a way that provides hope rather than despair.

In COMING CLEAN (WaterBrook - Doubleday- Random House), Ken's collaboration with former Medellin drug cartel leader, Jorge Vald‚s, provided an inside look at one of the most powerful and corrupting forces in our society-the cocaine industry and its influence on top government officials, Hollywood celebrities, as well as kids in the streets. The transformation of Jorge Vald‚s from the American head of the cartel to a Christian evangelist is a compelling and fascinating testimony of God's power to change anyone's life.

Ken also collaborated with professional golfer, Paul Azinger, whose rise to the top of the PGA tour, only to discover cancer in his shoulder, and his remarkable recovery and comeback are recorded in ZINGER! (Harper-Collins / Zondervan; 1995). Additionally, Ken has co-authored THE GAMER, the baseball autobiography of All-Star catcher, Gary Carter (Word Publishing).

In THE BURDEN OF A SECRET, (Random House / Ballantine, 1995), Ken collaborated with Dr. Jimmy Allen, former president of the 16-million member Southern Baptist Convention, to tell the story of Dr. Allen's family crisis as they discovered truth and mercy in the face of AIDS. The book was a finalist in the 1996 Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association's Gold Medallion Awards.

Ken co-authored the bestseller, I WAS WRONG, a book with Jim Bakker, former PTL president and televangelist, in which for the first time, the fallen preacher reveals his side of events leading to his resignation from PTL and his subsequent 45-year prison sentence, one of the longest ever handed down for a ""white collar crime"" in American jurisprudence (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1996). This book was a finalist in the 1997 ECPA Gold Medallion Awards.

Other Abraham collaborations include a project with music group, ""The 2nd Chapter of Acts"" (Sparrow); and a book with Christian music artist, Steven Curtis Chapman (EMI). In addition, Ken has written a series of four youth-oriented books with singer, Kim Boyce (David C. Cook). One of the collaborations between Kim and Ken, BEAUTY TO LAST A LIFETIME, was also a finalist in the 1993 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Awards.

Other Abraham titles include A TENDER ROAD HOME (Broadman & Holman), the poignant story of country music star, Susie Luchsinger (Reba McEntire's sister), and the difficult journey she and her husband Paul have made through the horrors and pain of spousal abuse, and their overcoming love that brought them out of a nightmare into freedom and renewal.

Also published in 1997 were Ken's books, BRINGING OUT THE WINNER IN YOUR CHILD (Cumberland), with John Croyle, founder of Big Oak Ranch, a home for troubled children; and WHO ARE THE PROMISE KEEPERS? (Doubleday), the first inside look at the exploding Christian men's movement to be published by a mainstream (secular) publisher. Ken is the author of forty books, including DON'T BITE THE APPLE 'TIL YOU CHECK FOR WORMS, THIS ISN'T THE TRIP I SIGNED UP FOR, UNMASKING THE MYTHS OF MARRIAGE, and STAND UP AND FIGHT BACK!

In 1998, Ken's collaborations with gospel music legend, Vestal Goodman, A JOURNEY OF FAITH (WaterBrook-Doubleday), and a book with Jim Bakker, PROSPERITY AND THE COMING APOCALYPSE (Thomas Nelson) were published. Released in 1999 were Ken's book, FAIRWAYS (Promise Press), a devotional for golfers, and THE REFUGE, with Jim Bakker (Thomas Nelson Publishers), a fascinating and refreshing look at how we really do need each other.

Ken has lent his writing and editorial talents to assist bestselling authors such as Dave Ramsey (MORE THAN ENOUGH planner, Penguin Putnam Publishers), John Hagee (TWO MINUTE WARNING; J.Countryman Publishers), Dr. Gary Chapman (YOUR GIFT OF LOVE-Selections from THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES), and Frank Peretti (THE WOUNDED SPIRIT, Word Publishing). YOUR GIFT OF LOVE and THE WOUNDED SPIRIT were Gold Medallion Award finalists in 2001.

Besides his work on ""popular,"" trade books, Ken Abraham has also been active on an academic level. Ken is the editor of THE MATTHEW HENRY STUDY BIBLE (World 1994), a modern Study Bible incorporating Ken's updated version of the six-volume, classic notes of commentator Matthew Henry, one of the most revered and widely used commentaries on the Bible in existence. Ken penned the front notes for THE KING AND THE BEAST, the Youth edition of The Contemporary English Version (CEV) of the New Testament.

He is also the author of MAKING YOUR WORK COUNT FOR GOD and THE WORD IN YOUR LIFE, two Bible study workbooks in the Priorities for Living Series, based on the WORD IN LIFE STUDY BIBLE (Thomas Nelson), nominated for a Gold Medallion Award in 1995. In addition, Ken is the author of many of the Old Testament study notes for THE PROMISE, Study Edition of the Contemporary English Version of the Bible (Thomas Nelson). He is also the compiler of THE AWESOME STUDENT PLANNER (Nickel Press), and an eight-book series of THE BIBLE WORD PUZZLE BOOK (Nickel Press), as well as a Bible Promise book directed toward youth, ARMED AND DANGEROUS, (Barbour Publishing Company).

Ken was one of the co-developers of THE HOSANNA BIBLE, now known as THE JESUS LOVES ME BIBLE (W Publishing), a 438-page best-selling children's Bible, and winner of the 1994 Gold Medallion Award, indicating the best book in its category. The book has been featured on ""The 700 Club"" television program during Easter season. PRAISE AND WORSHIP (W Publishing), another collaboration by Abraham, won the 1997 Gold Medallion for the best children's book in the pre-school category. Ken also collaborated on A TREASURY OF WISDOM (Barbour & Company), a devotional journal featuring the writings of both contemporary and classic authors. This book was nominated for a Gold Medallion Award in 1997, as well. In addition, Ken recently completed projects with Pat Robertson of ""The 700 Club,"" Larry Jones, of ""Feed the Children,"" and Gene Mims, President of Lifeway Christian Resources.

Ken is a popular guest on both secular and Christian media. With his winsome wit, he is able to present a positive witness for Christ, without alienating those of differing viewpoints.

He is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA, WHO'S WHO IN RELIGION, WHO'S WHO WORLDWIDE, and has been a member of the National Speakers Association, The Christian Holiness Association, The Wesleyan Theological Society, The Country Music Association, and the American Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers. In spite of all that, he's a nice guy!

Ken is a former professional musician, as well as the former Senior Pastor of Christian Fellowship Center in Greensburg, PA. Educated at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Asbury College, and Asbury Theological Seminary, Ken currently resides in Franklin, (Nashville), Tennessee.

Ken attends Christ Church in Nashville, where he has been a member for more than thirteen years. He enjoys golf with his daughters, Ashleigh and Alyssa.
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