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It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life

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It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 29th 2007 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2007)
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Thank god Denise used her faith to save her marriage when others without such commendable devotion and cunning would have simply admitted their partners had married for the wrong reason, outgrown its "use," or simply weren't invested in making something wrong work. If only I could manipulate others to stay with me when I'm just too afraid to be alone or unwilling to find someone else more compatible . . . I imagine Denise Jackson has made every struggle into one fabulous celebration and victory. ...more
Ruth Hill
Dec 07, 2011 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
I have been an Alan Jackson fan for several years now, but I honestly did not know a lot about him or his family. I had the supreme joy of seeing him in concert this past summer, and I was impressed. I really enjoyed it.

I heard about this book a couple years ago when I was listening to a country radio interview with Alan Jackson (it was shortly after the Tiger Woods scandal). I was totally shocked when I heard that he had cheated on his wife, and their marriage had survived it. I saved this boo
I debated between giving it two stars or three, but it's better than okay even if the writing is a bit simplistic sometimes. It feels real & grounded, and is the story of a woman who found herself when she (re)found God and saved her marriage after they had separated, by surrendering and dedicating her life to God. The parts dealing with her spiritual growth iare not sappy or heavy handed, but then again it's not as deep as I was sort of looking for either. Her list of resources is good, and ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Tessia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-favs, own, 2011
I pretty much devoured this book. Aside from being a huge country music fan since I was a little one, I'm also a huge God fan. Put that combination into a book, and it's a winner for me.

It was inspiring to read about Denise's journey through surrendering her marriage to the Lord, and allowing Him to step in and heal something that she could not even fathom could be restored. This book brings to light the ultimate, true purpose of why we are created, and whom we should be setting our eyes on day
Sep 23, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
Denise Jackson did a fantastic job with being so descriptive and detailed in her journey and how her faith helped her get through these problems in life that all of us could potentially face. She not only deals with the problems and effects of a stranded relationship but the normal everyday small choke-ups everyone of us might face or are already facing but subconsciously. Denise begins with explaining how the fame and fortune of living a celebrity life might not be the happiest or most fulfilli ...more
May 13, 2008 Keasmea rated it really liked it
Alan Jackson is one of my favorite country singers (and Troy's too). But when I found out he cheated on his wife, I then thought he sucked and all his songs started sounding hypocritical. But his wife tells about their tough times--postpartum depression, being poor, the onset of fame, and their separation. She explains how her relationship with JC and HF was how everything got fixed. It's pretty Bible thumping--she's from the south and is from the whole baptist thing. She even gives little tid b ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know who Alan Jackson is, but needed something to read while my daughter had a medical procedure so I grabbed it as I went out the door. I thought it was excellent. I really did not expect to like this book so much, just knew it would be a quick read, which it was. I read the whole thing while my daughter got a myelogram. I found it highly inspirational and I am planning to reread it soon. It is a book about Denise Jackson's walk with Christ and all I can think to say is that it spo ...more
Judy Benvin
Jan 02, 2011 Judy Benvin rated it it was ok
Didn't like her til 3/4 through the book. Way too much about all the 'stuff' that she owns (typical cheerleader) Writing style very choppy. Could have left out the whole first chapter (where she listed all the houses, cars, jewelry, cloths that she has) Even when she joined the bible study group it was still all about her. The book should have been titled "It's All About Me".
Laura Edwards
Mar 11, 2017 Laura Edwards rated it liked it
Shelves: performing-arts
I picked up this book thinking it would be about Alan Jackson, but it really focused more on his wife, Denise. Also, the book is written in simplistic fashion, easy for a junior high kid to read. I really struggled between awarding it 2 or 3 stars and rounded up only because I finished the book.
Feb 18, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The back cover says it all -- "An all-access look into one of country music's most famous marriages." Denise Jackson tells her gripping story of how her marriage fell apart and how they managed to put it back together - one piece at a time!

This is an amazing and inspiring story about Denise & Allen Jackson, how to fight & work hard for something & in the end achieve the greatest love of all. Their bond of faith, not only with friends & family, but their strength together as a cou
It's one of those things I often don't admit, because it's such a shameful thing within my friend circle, but from time to time I actually, sort country music. Not all of it! Don't judge me!

Anyway, I've always liked Alan Jackson; he just comes off as very humble and "down home." So naturally, I thought a nice look into his private life might be interesting. In short, it was interesting enough, and I appreciated the christian message his wife employed and all...but it was extremely har
Harriet Berg
Written by a co-writer (Ellen Vaughn) as well as Denise Jackson, this book tells the story of their life together, through poor and rich as well as the problems in their marriage and their distance from God. She tells of Alan’s adultery and her own inability to see to his needs. Marriage is difficult and being in the spotlight of fame as well as many separations due just to work make it even more difficult. Denise says she hopes this story will help others whose marriages are in trouble. Maybe, ...more
Feb 05, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Melissa by: Friend at Church
I wanted to read this book because I knew that Denise Jackson had lost a brother to suicide. I thought that it may help me some. Well, she did lose her older brother to suicide, but that only took up about half a chapter. Even though it wasn't what i expected, I found it Very inspirering, funny, easy to read, and relative to my life as well. While suicide was not a major topic in the book, I found great inspiration in Denise's story. It is the story of her relationship/marriage with Alan Jackson ...more
Feb 29, 2008 Jen rated it liked it
When I was a young 21-year-old coffee shop waitress earning college tuition money during the summer, I happened to wait on Alan Jackson, although I didn't know that's who it was until someone told me. He was the most generous, nicest, non-celebrity-acting celebrity I've come across (not that I've rubbed shoulders with that many). I saw this book on the way out of the library and decided to check it out. I'm intrigued by the southern lifestyle (they're both from a little town called Newnan, Georg ...more
Nancy S
Oct 31, 2011 Nancy S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Book! I laughed, I cried and I cheered for this amazing woman who was telling her very personal story of not only her private life, but her journey with God.

I admired the fact that these two were able to put their marriage back together after their much publicized separation almost a decade ago. But, this book provided me with a new appreciation for the woman "behind" the man. I'm glad that Alan realized, before it was too late, what a prize he had.

Although this book is largely about
Jul 22, 2008 Bob rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
An engaging memoir by Denise Jackson, wife of country musician Alan Jackson. Though I'm not a Christian, I could understand the usefulness of surrending to Christ in the sense of the old saying about the serenity to accept the things one can't change. And by letting go of what she couldn't control she was better able to take control of decisions she had abdicated to her husband, like her preferences in furniture and so forth. By giving up on what she couldn't control, she became reacquainted wit ...more
Jul 09, 2008 Beth rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Not the story of Denise Jackson's love for her husband, country singer Alan Jackson (although that figures into it), but the story of her renewal of her faith in God and His work in repairing her marriage. Got a little preachy at times, but was mostly told from the point of view of someone who just had a story to tell that could help others in her situation. She professes ealry on not to have all the answers and doesn't write as if she thinks does. Mainly tells the story of he ...more
Jan 21, 2008 Sara added it
I read this book thinking - ok this is going to be a fluff piece, a quick read. However it was interesting in the fact that Denise Jackson was very real about her relationship with her husband and also her journey with Christ. It wasn't some b.s. "you are going to start glowing and see angels ..blah, blah blah..." It was a nice reality and down to earth.
Anyway it helped me through a really rough time this past summer and clarified a lot for me. But for a light religous read I would recommend.
Sep 08, 2007 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
I started this book late one night and finally made myself put it down around 2:30 am. I couldn't wait to finish it the very next day. Denise was very open and honest as she described the many ups and downs she has encountered in her life and relationship with country star Alan Jackson. It was like sitting on the front porch swing with a good friend as she talked about her life. I admire the Jacksons for making the commitment to restore their marriage by putting Him first. This truly was a inspi ...more
Holly Morey
Jul 12, 2011 Holly Morey rated it liked it
I liked this book hand the Him in the book refers to God and not Alan Jackson. I think the author spent more time preaching rather than telling the story of how she came to return to her Christian root. She spent alot of time telling about her youth and early life with Alan Jackson and then kind of glossed over how they separated and got back together. I would probably give this book a 3.5 stars.
Jun 19, 2009 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-goodreads
"When everything is going well, we often can't hear God, because the music all around us is turned up too loud. But when the party stops-in those moments of crashing pain, sorrow, and sudden silence- we begin to hear His voice. I've learned that if I listen and lean on His strength, He can help me climb out of the wreckage. As I do, I have new perspectives about what is precious and what is truly important."
Feb 01, 2008 Desiree rated it really liked it
Husband got this from the library, so I took a day and read it - it's a very quick read and it kept my interest. Enjoyed the story of Alan and his wife. It was interesting to hear how their marriage began and how they survived before he made his big break into country music. I'm not all that religious, so the religious parts of the book really didn't resonate with me. I'm sure that if you are more into bible studies, etc., you may feel more moved by the book.
Christina Knotts
I enjoyed the look inside a "super-star's" life, through his wife's eyes. I also appreciated the ups-and-downs of a musician's life because even we go through as much (as a family band).

The author describes how she had grown up with the knowledge of Jesus Christ, but didn't actually "know" Him in a personal relationship. After a series of crises in her life, she finally came to fall on Him completely for everything she needed.

Praise God this stuff is out there!
Jan 27, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christine and Marlayna and Fay
Recommended to Melissa by: Amy Marks
An incredible story about faith and relationships, love and loss, hope and forgiveness, written by country music star Alan Jackson's wife Denise. Amy Marks sent this to me and I would definately recommend that anyone who is female, and in a long-term relationship, read this book. It's not just a true story, but it will help you with your faith life also! You won't be able to put this one down either!
Joann Temple
Jun 04, 2015 Joann Temple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful, honest, sharing, and staying close to our Lord

I was unsure what to expect. I have loved the purity, and daily good feelings, honesty of Alan Jackson, my favorite male artist. I knew he had a lovely family, but did not know much more. Thank you for sharing the ups and downs, and the difference our Lord can add to daily life. Your book has opened my eyes, and will change my life.
Jul 07, 2008 Lia rated it really liked it
Okay, no one mock me, but I liked this book. Debbie Allen lent this one to me and asked me to read it. It's a book written from Denise Jackson's point of view about her life and her discovery of her relationship with our Savior. Why did I like it? I enjoy finding truth where ever it's found and I found a lot of it here. She tells it strait. (Denise is the wife of Country singer Alan Jackson)
Lenora Carey
May 13, 2013 Lenora Carey rated it did not like it
I did not care for the book at all. It was neat to see a little more about Alan Jackson's life. However I find it concerning that Denise more or less blames the fact she was not a strong women at the time on Alan Jacksons infidelity. No matter what she was the women he married, she was faithful he was not.
Pat Brannon
Dec 27, 2012 Pat Brannon rated it it was amazing
Rarely do I read a book in one sitting, but I did with this book. I felt Denise was totally honest when sharing about the ups and downs in her marriage and how she and Alan worked through their problems to mend their broken marriage. It would be beneficial to all spouses to read this book to help avoid pitfalls in their own marriage.
Jun 30, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Well I was a little surprised by this one. I wanted to read because I like Alan Jackson and especially his song about his marriage " Remember when" I thought the title all about him was Alan Jackson. But it is more about Denise his wife's relationship with God and how it helped. I related to her struggles as a stay at home mom and finding her own identity. Hope you like it.
Judi Aaron
May 28, 2012 Judi Aaron rated it really liked it
No, it's not all about super-star Alan Jackson, Denise's husband. It's about Denise's spiritual journey through small town high school lovers with small town roots and their journey through marriage, children, fame, fortune, trials and faltering marriage. Much of the story from high school and early marriage reminds me of me and Bill. Her spiritual journey is similar to mine, also.
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Denise Jackson is a former teacher and flight attendant who married country superstar Alan Jackson in 1979 at the age of 19. Denise is credited with getting Alan a recording contract after she met country legend Glen Campbell at an Atlanta airport. Denise and Alan separated after 18 years of marriage in 1997, but reconciled after four months. They are committed to their relationship and to their f ...more
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“Remember when the sound of little feet was the music We danced to week to week Brought back the love, we found trust Vowed we’d never give it up Remember when Alan Jackson, “Remember When” 1 likes
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