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This Life I Live by Rory Feek

Feek, Rory. This Life I Live – One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed it Forever. Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2017. 240 pp. $24.99. Purchase at Amazon or on Kindle for much less.

Introduction

Rory Feek is one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters. He has written two of my favorite songs: Some Beach performed by Blake Shelton (this my “Delaney’s Law” song!) and Someone You Used to Know by Collin Raye. He and his wife recorded an album of her favorite hymns.

You can find out more at This Life I Live.

Summary

Joey and Rory Feek were enjoying a steadily growing fan base in country music when Joey was diagnosed unexpectedly with a rapidly spreading cancer. This vibrant and beautiful young woman would soon be on a unique journey for which no one is ever fully prepared. Her husband, Rory, and children, Heidi, Hopie, and Indiana, were beside her each step of the way. Rory, a prolific songwriter, entrepreneur, farmer, and overall tender man, has seen God bless his life in countless unexpected ways and had started a blog, thislifeilive.com, not really knowing its purpose other than he needed to write. That purpose soon became clearer when Joey’s cancer battle hit.

By inviting so many into the final months of Joey’s life, this astounding couple captured the hearts of millions with their powerful love story, the manner in which they were handling the diagnosis, and the inspiring simple way they had chosen to live their lives.

In this vulnerable book, Rory takes us into his own challenging life story and shows what can happen when God brings both his presence and the right companion into our lives. He also gives never-before-revealed details on what he calls “the long goodbye,” the blessing of being able to know that life is going to end and taking advantage of it. Feek shows how we all are actually there already and how we can learn to live that way every day. He then goes into detail toward the end of the book on what it’s like to try to move on with your life once you’ve “had it all.”

Review

This book is a behind the scenes look so to speak at a public portrayal of one couple’s battle with an aggressive, and ultimately, terminal cancer. Joey entered in the presence of her Lord and Savior on 4 March 2016. There was a Facebook page in which Joey and Rory shared quite a bit of detail with those who were interested. This led to much attention and consequently allowed them to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world watching and hoping.

As we all do, they traversed the unknown with courage and shared many pitfalls and concerns with their “fans.” This book, This Life I Live, takes a step back less than a year later and offers a different more personal perspective.

It reads more like a private journal and a stream of conscience thought project. In other words, it can be quite raw in some areas which adds to the allure of the book. Far from perfectly edited, it shows the reader that the social media persona was not a facade.

What comes through on most every page is their faith in Christ and the hope that even though the cancer was going to take Joey’s life, it would not destroy her spirit.

Recommendation

If you are into love stories, feel-good stories, or stories of faith, I recommend this book. It will keep you up at night wanting to know more (even though you know how it ended!) and bring tears and laughter sometimes in a matter of two pages. Readers will enjoy the raw look and learn that even the “famous songwriters” put their jeans on one leg at a time.

7 Ways to be Her Hero by Doug Fields

7 HeroFields, Doug. 7 Ways to be Her Hero: The One Your Wife Has Been Waiting For.  Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2014.  208 pp.  $15.99.  Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for much less.

Introduction

Doug Fields has served as a youth pastor and teaching pastor for more than thirty years at Mariner’s Church as well as Saddleback Church in Southern California.  He is popular conference and retreat speaker as well.  Currently, he serves as the executive director at The HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. You can read more about Doug at his website, DougFields.com.

Summary

Divided into 10 chapters, Doug begins with the appropriate chapter title of stop chasing the wind and start chasing your wife.  Here, he lays down the gauntlet of what is necessary if you are to truly be the hero in your wife’s life.  The second chapter looks at the foundation of the relationship.

Chapters 3-9 offer the seven actions each man must consider when it comes to loving and serving his wife.  I can say that most of it has to do with your keeping your mouth shut!  The final action is the need to shepherd your wife’s heart.  Doug appropriately concludes the book with a chapter on Christ setting the example for the men by loving His Church to the point of dying for her.  Men are expected to do the same.

Review

7 Ways to be Her Hero is pretty straight forward.  Doug pulls no punches and offers some pretty straight talk on a somewhat difficult, though always timely, subject.  I would have liked there to have been more gospel and perhaps the last two chapters being the first two chapters, but Doug’s audience is a bit different.

Since Doug is writing to an extremely wide and ecumenical audience, he paints with broad strokes.  He also uses what I would consider fairly crass language though not by today’s standards.  For example, the second chapter is entitled “How it got laid” and he claims to be intentional about the double entendre.  Granted this will help sell books, but I do believe it should cause one to pause when considering what is being advised in this work.

In the end, his advice is fairly practical and helpful. The discerning reader will see past the silliness and get to the heart of the issue in loving his wife.

Recommendation

I can recommend this work because it is rooted in Scripture and it does offer many solid conversation points among guys.  This is a great starting point for men, but, if they will want to take the next step, they will want to read those who have plumbed the deep theological depths of marriage and being a husband.