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This life I live : one man's extraordinary, ordinary life and the woman who changed it forever

One man's extraordinary, ordinary life and the woman who changed it forever
Title:
This life I live : one man's extraordinary, ordinary life and the woman who changed it forever
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Publisher Info:
Nashville, Tennessee : W. Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2017]
Physical Description:
ix, 252 pages ; 24 cm
Abstract:
"Joey and Rory Feek were enjoying a steadily growing fan base in country music when Joey was diagnosed with a rapidly spreading cancer. By inviting so many into the final months of Joey's life as she battled cancer, they captured hearts around the world. In this vulnerable book, Rory takes us into his own challenging life story. 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"-- Provided by publisher.

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**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

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.


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Booklist Review

Feek is a country-music singer and songwriter, an avid family man, and a lover of denim overalls. In his first book, which shares a title with Feek's popular blog, the author takes readers on a journey through his life, highlighting how his strong faith has guided him through hard times and the recent losses of both his mother and his beloved wife, Joey the other half of Feek's performing duo, Joey + Rory to cancer. Feek shares his own road to self-discovery, along with stories of the special people he's met or been touched by in the process especially his and Joey's young daughter, Indiana, who has Down syndrome. His story is full of hope, with a positive ending that will stay with readers: no matter what happens, your faith (in whatever you believe in) will guide you through. Feek's soothing voice comes through in this quick and easy read, and readers will feel as if they're hearing about a friend's life over a cup of hot tea.--Chesanek, Carissa Copyright 2017 Booklist


Table of Contents

1 Famous for Lovep. 1
2 Strongerp. 3
3 The Middle of Nowherep. 7
4

p. 11

5 Mama Barep. 17
6 A Hero's Storyp. 27
7 Things That Go Awayp. 35
8 Uncle Goombahp. 39
9 Froot Lootsp. 45
10 Nashvillep. 51
11 Joining Up to Singp. 55
12 Your First Time Lastsp. 59
13 Forgiven Greatlyp. 63
14 Marine Biologyp. 69
15 From Texas to Tennesseep. 75
16 Song Righterp. 81
17 Baggage Claimp. 85
18 Father Figurep. 87
19 Duct-Tape Parentingp. 91
20 Self-Help Was No Helpp. 93
21 Die Livingp. 95
22 Never Gonna Happenp. 101
23 A New Familyp. 103
24 Circa 1870p. 105
25 Something Goodp. 109
26 Farmer Boyp. 113
27 Killing Myselfp. 117
28 My Name is Joeyp. 123
29 A Girl, a Dog, and a Truckp. 129
30 Nothing to Rememberp. 133
31 Sign Languagep. 135
32 The Right Left Handp. 139
33 A Clean Slatep. 143
34 Crossing Our Heartsp. 145
35 Alter Callp. 149
36 Sexual Healingp. 151
37 Honeymoonersp. 153
38 Love Doesn't Existp. 157
39 A Green Heartp. 161
40 Changing Lives One Sip at a Timep. 165
41 Nothing Mattersp. 169
42 Moneyp. 173
43 Rhymes with Texp. 177
44 The Name Gamep. 181
45 Ten Percentp. 185
46 On the Same Pagep. 189
47 Baby Crazyp. 193
48 Almond Eyesp. 197
49 Life Is Complicatedp. 201
50 Fame to Farmp. 205
51 Turn, Turn, Turnp. 209
52 Ups and Downsp. 213
53 Hurt People Hurt Peoplep. 215
54 Tosephinep. 219
55 Something Worsep. 221
56 Surgery and Morep. 225
57 No Morep. 229
58 Crying and Drivingp. 233
59 Indiana Homep. 237
60 Saying Good-Byep. 239
61 Second Guessesp. 243
62 Life Imitating Art Imitating Lifep. 245
Epilogue: After Happily Ever Afterp. 247
About the Authorp. 251