Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon

August 20, 2019

Join Greg Laurie, pastor and bestselling author of Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, as he takes you on a personal journey into the life and legend of Johnny Cash.

At the peak of his career, Cash had done it all—living the ultimate rags-to-riches story of growing up on a cotton farm in the Deep South to becoming a Nashville and Hollywood sensation, singing alongside heroes like Elvis Presley and performing for several American presidents.

But through all of this, Cash was troubled. By the time he released the iconic Man in Black album in 1971, the middle-aged icon was broken down, hollow-eyed, and wrung out.

In his search for peace, Cash became embroiled in controversy. He was arrested five times in seven years. His drug- and alcohol-induced escapades led to car accidents and a forest fire that devastated 508 acres. His time was divided between Jesus and jail, gospel tunes and the “Cocaine Blues.”

But by the end of his life, Cash was speaking openly about his “unshakeable faith.” What caused the superstar to turn from his conflicting passions to embrace a life in Christ?

Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon dives deep into the singer’s inner demons, triumphs, and gradual return to faith. Laurie interviews Cash’s family, friends, and business associates to reveal how the singer’s true success came through finding the only Person whose star was bigger than his own.

Praise for Johnny Cash:

There was something about him (Cash)—he was like Steve McQueen or James Dean. There was this coolness about him that everybody could respect. He was more relatable than Dylan. He was an all-American character that you could trust. He could be your cool uncle.

Alice Cooper

A lot of books have been written about my brother Johnny since his 2003 death, but I think he might have liked this one the best. Greg Laurie and Marshall Terrill have done a marvelous job capturing Johnny’s spiritual walk, which was not always easy or done in a straight. But he reached the finish line and he finished well.

Joanne Cash Yates, artist and co-founder of Cowboy Church 

“The most male voice in Christendom. Every man knows he is a sissy compared to Johnny Cash.”


“He always seemed to be the dark horse of country . . . the king of sinners and saints.”

Rami Jaffee, Foo Fighters and The Wallflowers

I’ve been a Johnny Cash fan since I was a young boy. I’m so glad Greg Laurie has chronicled his turbulent life and faith so thoroughly. This book will be an encouragement to you wherever you are on your journey.

Russell Moore, president, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Johnny Cash experienced a life of diamonds and dirt, heart and hurt, mixed with mishap and majesty. Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon is a tragically beautiful journey into the vastness of God’s heart and a world that few can imagine.

Ken Mansfield, Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter producer, former US Manager, Apple Records

Cash was definitely an original and a one-of-kind artist. Clearly his style was all his own. What lingers for me is the fact that he was able to stand up for the things he believed in, and he stood up strong. Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon beautifully captures his spirit, which will live on forever.

Will Turpin, Collective Soul