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 recommend 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!



Rating: 5 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakeable Hope

Authors: Jay DeMarcus with Timothy D. Willard

Release Date: April 30, 2019


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