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Johnny Cash: Redemption of an American Icon

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by Greg Laurie

Johnny Cash: Redemption of an American Icon

"I think most people have heard of Johnny Cash and would recognize his music, even among today’s young people. He had a unique style of music that transcends time and sets him apart from other musicians.

As an individual, he was unique as well. Sinners thought Johnny was a saint, and saints thought Johnny was a sinner. The reality is, he was both. Just like us, he was flawed, he blew it, and he fell and he got up again. But he never lost his faith. In fact, at the very end of his life, it was stronger than ever.

Johnny Cash embodies the paradox of every Christian who wants to do what is right but struggles to do it, just like the apostle Paul described in Romans. That’s why I’ve wanting to tell his story for such a long time. His story is that of redemption, and it resonates with so many of us who mess up. But God says, “I’m not done with you yet.”

If we learn nothing else from the story of Johnny Cash, we learn that God gives second chances, and third ones, and fourth ones . . .

So I’ve teamed up again with my friend Marshall Terrill to write sort of a spiritual biography of Johnny Cash, a book that really focuses on his faith."

-Greg

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Greg Laurie

Greg Laurie is the senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA. Greg is married to Cathe & they have two children. Learn more about Greg at harvest.org.