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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Book Review: Beatiful Mess

Title: Beautiful Mess, The Story of Diamond Rio
ISBN: 1595552685
Pages: 288

I was given a chance to read this book by Thomas Nelson and I found it to be quite an interesting read.  As a long time country music fan, I am familiar with a lot of Diamond Rio's songs and it was a joy to find out information about this group that started out at Tennessee's Opryland back in 1982.  There is a lot of little trivia about the group that I was totally unaware of and I found myself saying "Huh!" quite often, as well as an abundance of photographs...which always make me happy to look thru.

This band has gone thru a great many ups and downs in its time...from a nearly constant changing of group members to a point where they didn't know how Diamond Rio could continue on as they hoped.  This book offers the reader an inside look at the beginnings, at the lives of each member and at the faith that drives their lives. Whether or not you are a county music fan, you can find an encouragement within these covers...a chance to watch how the group morphed into what it is now, a glimpse into the personal lives of the artists and a view of the faith that drives them all each day.

Back Cover Information:
What made it possible for Diamond Rio to weather the storms inherent in the fickle world of fame and fortune and go more than two decades without a single lineup change? Any reader in search of transparency and a behind-the-scenes look into the life of the band as a unit as well as the individual lives of the players and singers will be well satisfied. Can true loyalty exist within the competitive, seemingly unforgiving music industry? In Beautiful Mess Marty Roe, Dan Truman, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Gene Johnson, and Dana Williams each has an entire chapter devoted to his personal and professional life. The book’s tone is a welcome rarity—not written from one player’s perspective, but from all six as they “meet in the middle.” Beautiful Mess is a wild ride from the edge of disaster and a little-known secret to an ongoing heart-warming revival.

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**Thomas Nelson provided me this book for a book review and is allowing me to keep this title once finished. I get nothing else in way of compensation...other than the chance to fill my heart and soul with an excellent read. :) **

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strokeofliving said...


Thanks for this review. As I read it I am reminded of Dale Carnegie who told a story of Theodore Roosevelt who interested people with his diversity of knowledge by doing one simple thing.

When he had anyone over to his house for dinner, he'd stay up late at night reading up on a subject he knew his guest(s) were particularly interested. I believe it was also Theo R. who would was in the habit of checking out random library books [he'd just walk to a section not look at any title, pick a book or two and THAT is what he read.] He did that in order to keep his mind sharp on a variety of subjects and to remain an interesting person. Now I'm rereading Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie to make sure I'm right.

Anyway, your review reminded me of that story because this is a book about which I'd otherwise never be interested. So Kudos for you!

Diane said...

Glad you are enjoying the Thomas Nelson reviews. Great job. Love and hugs from cold NY!


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