A Walk to Beautiful ~ by Jimmy Wayne & Ken Abraham

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a teenage boy in foster care? ‘A Walk to Beautiful’ is a book about a child in and out of foster care. His story is emotional, lonely, frustrating, scary, and wonderfully inspiring. It will change the stereotypes you hold about teens in foster care! It will especially challenge the stereotypes that cling to teen boys.

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Jimmy Wayne is a country singer who grew up amidst poverty, drugs, immorality and violence. Through years of foster care, relative homes, and living by his wits, he learned survival, integrity, and much more. God was watching out for him from the beginning, and He guided Jimmy to a home where he found the love and support that all kids need.

This book was the best I’ve read in a very long time. The swelling emotions and raw pain, together with the determination to keep going… it was hard to lay it down! In fact, I believe I read it in less than a day. One evening and part of the next day and I was finished. I loved the unvarnished story of life as a foster care teenage boy, straight from ‘the horse’s mouth’, as they say.

I would recommend it to adults over 18, as there are some graphic violence stories, and some accounts of sexuality. This book is well-written, highlighting the grace and mercy of God.  The story focuses on Jimmy Wayne’s young life, with the last few chapters dedicated to his walk across the country. His determination, humility, and graciousness are inspiring!


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