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From one of America's most successful and beloved country music artists, Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, Shotgun Angels reveals the untold stories of his journey and will rally your own courage to find hope where you least expect it.

From his humble beginnings in Ohio, to the spark of early fame in Nashville, to a fair share of surprises and setbacks, Jay has learned firsthand that the blessing only comes through the broken road. Shotgun Angels details his path to celebrated heights, as well as the hope instilled in him at a young age that started it all - a hope that sustained him when it looked like his music career was over and continues to fuel him today.

With no shortage of humor, heart, and off-the-cuff candor, Jay gives listeners a backstage pass to the story behind the music and the musician. You'll follow his intensely personal journey through big breaks and broken dreams, desperate dashboard prayers and limelight glories. Along the way, you'll find the same constant source of strength that he has - hope that is powerful enough to hold you up through whatever trials come your way.  

©2018 Jay DeMarcus and Timothy D. Willard (P)2018 Zondervan

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A great read of Jay's inspiring journey.

So glad he shared his personal story with us. Thanks for giving the glory to God and His will in your life. That is inspiring. This book is certainly worth reading and I highly recommend the audio book of Jay's voice telling his own story. I listened to the entire book on a cruise vacation, gazing out into the ocean and pondering what God has done in my life. Thanks for sharing your story with us Jay. I know it wasn't an easy road, but it's an inspiring story to share with others.

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Insightful and promotes hope!

Thank you for sharing your story Jay! I do believe people who hear or read this story will be more aware of their own shotgun angels and hopefully take time to write how God has worked throughout their lives. It is also a good reminder of grace. Your words and perspective were humble and not preachy. I hope others will take time to read your story.

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Absolutely amazing!!

I loved it!! There were so many situations that I could relate to! My mom was my best friend! She was so faithful to God and it took awhile for me to grasp her faithfulness! I lost her in 2015 at the age of 78 and it was the most hurtful thing I have every been through!! I am a very dedicated fan of Rascal Flatts! Every song touches my life in some way! But this book touched my life even more! Thank you Jay, for sharing your story with the world! I truly loved it!

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Pleasantly Surprised

I knew I would enjoy the book because it's Jay amazing DeMarcus, but I never imagined I would discover a source of inspiration in accomplishing my current goal. Thank you for loving us enough to share your story. I have a few new affirmations to add to my daily practice of self growth.

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calming

Loved it! His voice is so calming to listen too. He is a great story teller

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Very good message

I have always loved the music by Rascal Flats. Jay’s story and his ability to tell it is very well done! Thanks Jay for sharing your story with us. God Bless you!

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Loved the rawness of his story!

Hearing Jay Demarcus read his own life story was so interesting. He shared the happy, the sad, the encouraging and the heartbreaking moments of life. So raw and honest, all the while giving hope and communicating grace. Hearing how God has grown his faith through the years was so encouraging.

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Living after Adversity

Really enjoying the book. I have always liked Rascall Flatts. The answer to the question is a Child of God. My License plate says it all. WHOUBE. God is there always regardless of what we think. Take care and God Bless.

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Love this story

Amazing story of life, faith and hope. Proof that fame and fortune are attainable with hard work and belief that God knows what's best.

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I have loved Rascal Flatts from the moment I heard their first song, "Prayin' For Daylight," back in 2000. Nineteen years later, I've seen the group in concert 10+ times and love them still. The first time I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. I had no idea I would walk away as if I had just been to church. That I would walk away full of hope. This was not what I expected but in the very best way.

I highly the audiobook! Clocking in at just under 5 hours, this book is a quick and powerful read. Jay — I feel like we're on a first name basis now :) — narrates and does a fantastic job! I felt as if we were sitting down for a nice chat. Well, he was doing all the talking, I was kicked back enjoying the story ;)

Don't pick up this book expecting a Rascal Flatts story. If you do, you'll be disappointed. Of course they're mentioned because they're a part of Jay's life, but this is Jay DeMarcus' story, not the Rascal Flatts story.

Shotgun Angels allows readers to get to know the serious side of Jay. But have no fear! If you love Jay for his humor, there is plenty of that too. This book was a great reminder that no matter the person or their celebrity status, all of us are human and go through rough patches. I'm in awe of Jay for putting himself out there this way.

I didn't find the stories of hope and faith preachy. I truly enjoyed that Jay was completely honest and forthcoming about everything. I found the sharing of his "nuggets of hope" inspiring and uplifting.

If this book left me longing for anything, it's similar books from Gary and Joe Don. Their voices, their songs but also their faith continues to draw me to Rascal Flatts. I want to know everything about all of them. Y'all, these guys can SING! If you've never heard one of their songs, fix that now :)

Jay, THANK YOU for sharing your heart and your faith! I walk away encouraged to keep on keeping on and that there is always a nugget of hope right around the corner.

Reader friends, if you need a bit of encouragement, it's right here in the pages of Shotgun Angels. Get yourself to a bookstore ASAP!

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Preachy GOD stuff,,, BORING,,,

It started well,,, good story then it got preachy,,, and pushed the Cristian faith TOO much,, He preached about GOD,,, then sinned and got a girl pregnant,,, so he went off found alcohol and bad living,, then found his faith and we are meant to forgive him,, Hypocriteical and annoying,,, instead of leading the rock and roll life you choose god,,, STOP trying to convert others,,, YOU ARE THE SINNER,, accept it and move on,,,

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  • 06-13-19

Life is a Highway!

Encouraging, honest and fluid. A very worthwhile listen whether you like country music or not!