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The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  141 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
SUMMARYCash is more than country. He's timeless. His appeal spans over many decades and many generations. The Man Comes Around addresses why Cash is so important now and why he's always been important. It unpacks the anchor from which all Cash's artistry comes-his spirituality. From the cotton fields of Arkansas to the air fields of Germany, and from the streets of Memphis ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Relevant Books
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Mar 26, 2010 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
My dad grew up (literally) just down the road from the Cash family in northeast Arkansas, and my uncle later married Johnny’s sister, so I’ve always had an interest in the “Man in Black.” J.R. Cash grew up in an environment of faith and at the start of his career, desired only to sing gospel music. Yet he also had a great capacity for sin, and it manifested itself regularly as he became a national star on the music scene. But no matter the roller-coaster that was his life, he always came back to ...more
Jan 17, 2008 Ray rated it liked it
The complexities of Cash's personality will keep biographers busy for years. Johnny Cash was a man of baffling contradictions. Steve Turner, in his superior bio., The Man Called Cash (2004) relays an event that is illustrative: Cash goes shooting and wounds a crow. He is so moved with compassion for the bird that he goes to great lengths to nurse it back to health. Turner writes, " encapsulated Cash's contradictions. Here was a man, though capable of destruction, who became overwhlemed with ...more
Feb 24, 2008 Adam rated it liked it
All in all, the anticipation I had for this book was unmet. While there is a certain level of fulfillment in reading it, the writing itself detracted much from what could have been a deep, emotional, spiritual journey. It seemed to me that the writer, flexing his pen in book form for perhaps the first time, was not up to the task of writing what ostensibly should have been a spiritual autobiography, but instead served as a collection of extensive quotes from Cash's own autobiographies. As the bo ...more
Nov 17, 2007 Van rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone struggling between the spiritual self and the human self
Johnny wasn't just The Man in Black, he was THE MAN. The coolest man who has ever lived. Period. And this book is one way of documenting that fact.

You'll be engrossed in this telling of Johnny's life with a specific focus on how he lived a thoroughly human, deeply flawed life full of addictions, personal struggles, domestic and marital troubles, near suicide attempts, and more, all while remaining a steadfast believer in God and follower of Christ. Or, as a quote from Johnny in the book best su
Heather Tomlinson

If I was rating the content of Cash's spiritual journey, I'd give it four or five stars. It's a really great and inspiring tale.
This book is mainly a compilation of Cash's comments about God and life. Though in biographical format, it does miss bits out. The author seems to come alive when discussing Cash's most recent music, of which he's clearly a fan.
Jan 24, 2016 John rated it really liked it
Not only does it give a good overview of what Johnny Cash believed, it functions as a nice biography of the man as well. Highly recommended for fans of Johnny Cash.
Dec 04, 2012 Phillip rated it really liked it
This was my first introduction to the life of the man behind the music (aside from a few articles here and there), which is why it has a special place on my shelf. In fact, it has its own shelf alongside his albums. I'm a fan of the music and the man. As the title says, this is his life from a spiritual perspective and the events recalled are told of in such light. I understand that this work is hardly a complete biography, but I feel that what the author did choose to include is pertinent and m ...more
Alanda Coon
Nov 25, 2007 Alanda Coon rated it it was ok
while I find Johnny Cash & his relationship with spirituality fascinating, I think I need to read a real biography. This book is essentially a series of quotes from other sources. it is well researched, but doesn't quite flow cohesively, like a real book would. it was worth it for me to read, but unless you are super interested in Johnny Cash, i wouldn't bother.
Shane Blackshear
Mar 30, 2009 Shane Blackshear rated it really liked it
If you only read one Johnny Cash biography, read this one. I say that half way sarcastically because as much as I LOVE Johnny Cash, the world probably didn't need another JC biography, however this one seperates itself from the pack by focusing like the title says, on the spiritual journey of JC.
Its a great read even for the casual fan.
Joshua Bell
Sep 05, 2013 Joshua Bell rated it it was amazing
It brought me to tears in the end. I read the final chapters listening to the "American" series of albums, and his apocalyptic message comes across clearly in spite of his advancing age.

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
Aug 14, 2008 Dena rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. It wasn't written in a story format - more like little episodes - but I still enjoyed reading about Johnny Cash's spiritual journey. Not always on the right track but still hearing God's voice.
Jun 26, 2008 Georgia rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Basically a research paper, this book reports on and evaluates the various books and articles that touch on Johnny Cash's spiritual life. Very interesting.
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May 05, 2008 Heather P marked it as to-read
I'm in the middle of this book. I've been in the middle of this book. I already gave away two of my copies to friends before I finished :(
Nov 18, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any fan of the man in black
I read this in 2 days...... I couldn't put it down....
Feb 07, 2012 Christy rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books about the Man in Black!
May 20, 2010 Todd rated it it was amazing
The "Man in Black." - enough said!
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