This book is an inspiration and it reads like a prayer for mankind, for Johnny Cash and for music. The prose washed over me and made me feel so calm and peaceful. He never has a bad word to say about anybody (which admittedly can get a bit tiresome at points) and every negative in his life is turned round into a positive. It moves at a loving conversational pace and has great humour and wit as well as touching insights. It is impossible to read without feeling great respect for JC as a man, a musician and as a spiritual being. In short, it has soul.
A good biography, however he spends a lot of time talking up other people he admired and met on his journey. He also goes into excruciating detail about the work on the cotton fields he grew up on. In amongst all this is some good stories, though. Just be prepared to tread through a lot of material you may not have expected. He also speaks very little about the Highwaymen, so if you're a huge fan of them but not of Johnny, you will likely be disappointed.
Indispensible for all Cash fans, this is a wonderfully evocative reflection on his remarkable career. Unconventional, as you'd expect of the man - rather than a straightforward narrative, he explores his life through a series of reflective impressions, and non-linear tales crossing the years. What we are left with is a deeply moving, even inspiring, portrait of this humble, uniquely gifted artist. A fine memorial to a great musician and wonderful human being.