Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Beautiful Mess by Diamond Rio with Tom Roland

Recently I read A Beautiful Mess, the story of Diamond Rio. For country music fans, this is a familiar name. Some of their hits include "Meet in the Middle" and "A Beautiful Mess."

This book chronicles the "ups" and "downs" of the six musicians that comprise this award winning band. I enjoyed reading this book and learning the origins of this group of talented musicians and how the band came into existence. I found it refreshing to see how the members' faith in God brought them through many tough times and their faith helped them to remain clear minded when success finally came their way. It is this faith in God that has given this band the distinction of remaining together longer than any other band. The band members have not fallen prey to the traps that other bands have found themselves ensnared: problems like power and money for instance.

Although I did find the book slow going and dry at times, I did enjoy reading it. So many times celebrities seem so much above their fans and "untouchable". I felt as though I were in a friend's living room and taking part in an honest and down-to-earth conversation.

I do recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about some to the struggles and obstacles some of our idols go through.