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I never knew who Rory and Joey Feek were until Joey got cancer, and then I followed their story on Facebook. The love that they had for each other and their family was extraordinary! So when I had a chance to review Rory Feek’s book, This Life I Live, One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever, I couldn’t wait to read it! This book is a great way to get to know all about Rory and Joey, and their life together.
The story she said he was born to write.
Her story. His story. The love story of Joey and Rory.
By inviting so many into the final months of Joey’s life as she battled cancer, Joey and Rory Feek captured hearts around the world with how they handled the diagnosis; the inspiring, simple way they chose to live; and how they loved each other every step of the way. But there is far more to the story.
“My life is very ordinary,” says Rory. “On the surface, it is not very special. If you looked at it, day to day, it wouldn’t seem like much. But when you look at it in a bigger context—as part of a larger story—you start to see the magic that is on the pages of the book that is my life. And the more you look, the more you see. Or, at least, I do.”
In this vulnerable book, he takes us for the first time into his own challenging life story and what it was like growing up in rural America with little money and even less family stability.
This is the story of a man searching for meaning and security in a world that offered neither. And it’s the story of a man who finally gives it all to a power higher than himself and soon meets a young woman who will change his heart forever.
In This Life I Live, Rory Feek helps us not only to connect more fully to his and Joey’s story but also to our own journeys. He shows what can happen when we are fully open in life’s key moments, whether when meeting our life companion or tackling an unexpected tragedy. He also gives never-before-revealed details on their life together and what he calls “the long goodbye,” the blessing of being able to know that life is going to end and taking advantage of it. Rory shows how we are all actually there already and how we can learn to live that way every day.
A gifted man from nowhere and everywhere in search of something to believe in. A young woman from the Midwest with an angelic voice and deep roots that just needed a place to be planted. This is their story. Two hearts that found each other and touched millions of other hearts along the way.
When I do a book review, I usually list all of the chapter names for you, but This Life I Live, has 62 chapters, so that would be too many to list. The nice thing about all of those chapters, though, is they are all fairly short, so I could easily read one chapter each night before bed. I really looked forward to reading this book every night, because I couldn’t wait to hear more about Rory and Joey’s life. Some of it I could relate to, like Rory not remembering all the details of his past, and some I couldn’t like growing up in a non-Christian family. However, the book was very inspiring and all throughout it, you could see the evidence of the power of God and how He changes lives.
Did you follow Rory and Joey Feek’s story on Facebook, or did you listen to their music?
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