Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Country singer Doug Seegers surely has one of the most extraordinary back stories in popular music history. After decades of drug and alcohol abuse and living as a homeless person on the streets of Nashville, by chance he was filmed performing a self-composed gospel song, "Going Down To The River", and within weeks of the event found himself with a number one hit song in Sweden. Now a Platinum-selling recording artist and with his band touring regularly throughout Scandinavia and the USA, in 2018, with writer Steve Eubanks, Seegers took the opportunity to tell his story. The very first paragraph indicates Seegers' rough-hewn eloquence: "Near as I can tell, when you look at the world and everybody in it, being homeless just in itself ain't a failing, moral or otherwise. I ought to know. Whether lying under a bridge in Tennessee, doing my best to stay warm and get a little shut-eye before the dawn parade of eighteen-wheelers rattles the highway overhead like tiny earthquakes, or on days like today when I'm ordering room service in one of the best hotels in Stockholm, I try to look at every day as a test. A few years ago, my test was to trust God as I was looking for a hot meal and some cardboard or a blanket to block the wind." Doug's story is a story of God's continuing mercy and, throughout the book, this most extraordinary singer/songwriter gives testimony to the way he was finally drawn to face up to his addictions and hand them over to the God who is love. Even if you don't enjoy country music, Doug's story will inspire and uplift you.
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