This week marks the anniversary of the death of singer Johnny Cash in 2003… In honor of the prolific American singer / songwriter, here are some of the best Johnny Cash books — including both biographies and books by the songwriter.
Counting down through the Top 10 Best Johnny Cash Books …
by Richard Beck
“Saints and sinners, all jumbled up together.” That’s the genius of Johnny Cash, and that’s what the gospel is ultimately all about.
Johnny Cash sang about and for people on the margins. He famously played concerts in prisons, where he sang both murder ballads and gospel tunes in the same set. It’s this juxtaposition between light and dark, writes Richard Beck, that makes Cash one of the most authentic theologians in memory.
In Trains, Jesus, and Murder, Beck explores the theology of Johnny Cash by investigating a dozen of Cash’s songs. In reflecting on Cash’s lyrics, and the passion with which he sang them, we gain a deeper understanding of the enduring faith of the Man in Black.
IMAGE CREDIT: Detail from cover of Robert Hilburn’s biography, Johnny Cash – The Life. [ BUY NOW ]