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Is there any debate -- rain well -- the -- country music artists and fatally seem to go together well -- new book explains it all it's called country faith.
And it features the favorite scriptures that that today's top country stars.
Along with an explanation of why the -- Bible passages resonate with them included in -- 56 -- this.
Carrie Underwood Miranda Lambert and the band Perry.
Journalist Deborah Evans -- conducted the interviews and -- the stories that are certainly come a treasured keepsake for fans worldwide and Deborah joins me now.
From Nashville though are -- -- Debra.
I'm doing great -- good morning good morning.
To you why it's -- music devotional -- country music devotional why were you inspired to write this.
You know what I can't take credit for the the Bob LaMont with harpercollins Christian publishing.
I had the idea and they were looking for a journalist that was first in person country music they could execute it and that's -- -- -- the picture.
Spoke with Bob by the evidence that but the blessing to be the one bit to get -- pull all this together -- regarding.
-- you know even -- our country artists they don't talk about their faith just muddling about gospel music artist and a sense but.
But there is -- there's always this undercurrent of faith in their lives why is that.
Well -- country artist Britney in church.
For example Josh turner wrote the forward for the -- and he talked about that at his first you know performance in front of a crowd of people wouldn't hurt.
And many country -- have the church -- their foundation.
And there's -- always feel a connection between gospel music and and country music you know for many decades a lot of of country artist is up -- level balancing act is that a couple that this -- you know extremely successful.
The Brad Paisley always that the gospel song on every -- he doesn't beat them at the beginning of the period.
-- I have read a couple of the exit from the book because they're compiled with.
The scripture and then an explanation of artists of why it's important to them the first -- from Tyler Hubbard.
And heat he has chosen Isaiah 4013 with those of open award over -- -- -- tables or Eagles soar on wings like Eagles.
It will run enough grove area they will.
Walk and not be faint and then his explanation.
No matter what we go through hard times good times walk with the lord and he'll give you the strength to get through whatever life throws at you.
You have to find your spring in the -- -- very very.
You know got to walk the talk kind of kind of people here.
I'm definitely and you don't you think about those the year that these bad.
It's sort of Georgia -- if you have that he's been their careers bloated you know I'm sure he's been claimed that scripture with the crazy busy schedule would be bad.
And all those things that famous brown -- the pets here.
Yeah I mean these country artists that -- -- you know.
It's their faith and the Bible and the love of god very important film and you mentioned Lauren gospel artists get a chance to talk about -- -- along that part of -- ministry.
But country artists really he did they rarely have that platform and a lot of were very appreciative of the fact that they could -- those events through this ended -- about.
What they're facing -- also.
We've got on the goods and services.
From Sara Evans.
And she is says in Romans 828.
And we know that in all things -- works for the good of those who love him who have been all reporting for this purpose.
And -- explanation is no matter what happens in the future we know that if we love the lord that he's going to work it out for the good.
It may not be exactly what we want or what we thought but it's for our good.
Because he knows what is best for us very very proud of interpretations of scripture kind of applying it to their own lives.
I would definitely you know made and it thank -- -- -- that -- scripture.
And dad talked about how that has been one of her favorite and she was little girl.
And how it came to mean even more to over the years you know as she became a wife -- mother successfully I have.
They gathered the Bible and Indy -- -- -- the computer very personal.
It is these articles you know -- -- that they've chosen as their favorite bit you know there was there's a lot of other personality.
It's that it is First Amendment is that Carrie Underwood and filter out likely to be a part of it.
Because of my -- the -- drinking that the group is so hard to tell like the whole book it.
Could have been she narrowed it down fifth.
-- you have been.
-- the former editor Arab country Christian music -- billboard you have.
Just decades of experience really covering country music as well as Christian music you know these artists very well you know -- -- is very well.
Was there anything about.
And those interviews that surprised at any point.
No I think I think they really worth except for maybe -- the depth of passion.
He you know expected talking with some of the younger artists making this my authority -- alignment.
And you know Eric -- play at -- Yeah a lot of these young artists that -- is very passionate about their faith and they love country music an area that.
They are committed day in the country genre.
That says yes surely that would surprise but I was I was very encouraged -- in and -- found it wonderful that -- these young artist.
You know claimed that they are strongly believe they may have mentioned facing their songs.
-- so -- what that really aren't that.
They are they are they really -- -- -- -- -- in particular has found a temporary home at the let's see you again he is that the -- You know a lot of artists -- they a lot of songs with -- references you know this is carefully.
He had a lot of that million of the conflict person doesn't believe.
There are a lot of of great country song.
That he has really come from a Christian world -- Yet you know it you got a couple that pin high and -- crap is because -- actually know as.
Christian -- gospel music artists they sort of -- across the line a little bit.
They did both Jason and they think they haven't got hit hard earned their come from the southern gospel background but they both had found that been played on country radio -- made that crossover.
Lou I thought they would be it is fitting for the goods and -- of my favorite artists look at my visit there.
And I loved Jason's -- that this would break but aren't very interesting -- -- you've got in the back of the book.
The entire gospel of mark.
That really surprised me and I hit it helps being in that the -- -- Republicans because of the level of publisher.
And I -- Version of the -- so they've probably got it you know -- But the idea is that.
But you've got an -- gospel of mark in the the book why is that.
All at once again was the publisher Bob the -- -- idea because once you've given people he has these that this scripture and then.
To have an artist talk about their favorite.
The book of mark and the fact is that country -- really kind of anchors the project.
If it's for someone who is not a Christian or some of the casual believer and need a deeper.
You know a deeper connection with a bottle that I think really kind of anchors the the is your favorite because you've been in the 56 if you before but what was your favorite you -- name the top five.
Or without the -- -- so I think that's so hard Lawrence.
I would think Carrie Underwood is she valid when my favorite interviews I'm going to accompany -- and Charlie Daniels because even talk about money Warren.
That -- talk about having a good reason for -- that when it's just that some protection.
And he talked about being in Iraq to go in on -- ways to remote areas -- -- true.
And the -- they were in came under enemy fire and turn up about reciting that.
-- an about -- -- action.
But that was any interview -- Charlie great balance was particularly.
You know this is mesmerizing to hear him talk about -- -- and that experience.
My -- in the very.
It's so hard to say but I remembered that that they -- -- -- up in the various.
And he thought that the internal South Carolina and his mother and all the scriptures as he is -- -- and then.
There is favorite -- and I've interviewed various multiple times that it needed it great.
Great and it just says he has a recording artist -- That is have a chance because the theory is -- his mom does it say that this foundation.
That was essentially.
Declined to be interviewed for this book.
He didn't want to talk about them.
And while you're there would several high profile people dead I think he would have a policy of not happy about politics than religion is that -- -- I'd rather not say they were -- -- -- -- without the Pratt may have that they would be on board.
And do you believe more and I would say that he kept saying it I couldn't have even wet and the Bible school that was averted my dad is sort it.
He's the but I promise from the come up with something and he missed the deadline that if there's a volume -- you know picked up a.
But it didn't directly ask the -- as a sort of one of vital if you if you ever do that Trivial Pursuit.
A game -- know that Jesus West Bank endeavor -- that the book is called.
Country's -- 56 reflections from today's leading country music stars.
-- worry -- cup devotional got to look at.
Scriptures and explanations from they were content -- artists about what they use that to get them through everyday life Debra.
Thank you very much for being here.
Thank you so much sort I would that they thought he would be.
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