Review: Shotgun Angels by Jay Demarcus

Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakeable Hope

Author: Jay Demarcus | Published: April 2019 | Biography |

When I first heard that Jay Demarcus was writing a book, I knew I had to have it. I didn’t even care what it was about.

If you didn’t know, Jay is the bass player for the country band, Rascal Flatts.

Rascal Flatts is my favorite band, ever.

I’ve loved them since I was fourteen years old, which, was actually fourteen years ago. Hmm, that’s a fun coincidence. If you don’t like Rascal Flatts, that’s fine, but you will never convince me that they aren’t the best (don’t even try, I’ll never change my mind). If you’ve never heard of them, I suggest you take a listen.

So, this was the first book I’ve ever pre-ordered in my life. (You can order a copy HERE) It was delivered on the release date and I then proceeded to read it in one day. I hate biographies, they are my least favorite thing to read, but I couldn’t put this down.

I loved this book

If you like the band and you’re hoping this is a book about them, you will be disappointed. Jay states on the very first page that this is not a story about the band, it’s a story about him and his journey. It’s about finding his purpose in life and coming to peace with the things that have happened in the past. Now, the band is mentioned several times, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the focus.

“Gary and Joe Don are some of the most important people in my life. As such, to think they won’t be mentioned here or there in this story, well, that’d be just silly.”

-Jay Demarcus

If you know anything about the band you probably know that they are very religious. There is a lot of talk about having hope and never losing faith in this book, but it doesn’t come off as being “preachy”. I’m not a religious person, but this book really spoke to me and I found it to be quite inspirational. It’s nice to know that famous people go through the same things that us “regular” people go through.

We get to hear from Jay’s serious side, which was really nice since he is known as being “the funny one” in the group. And he really is funny. I’ve seen them in concert about five times and he always has everyone laughing. And there are definitely some funny parts to this book as well.

I thought I knew a ton about each member of the band before I read this book (I’m not a stalker, I promise). And I did know a few of the stories that he talks about, but I learned so much that I didn’t already know.

I believe anyone can find something to relate to in this book. Jay tells the story of his life in a way that leaves the reader feeling inspired. This book made me laugh and cry. It is such an amazing and true story that leaves you with so much more than you came in with. As such, I would recommend this book to anyone, especially if you need a little inspiration in life.

“You can’t measure your hope by success. You measure it by your willingness to keep moving forward.”

-Jay Demarcus

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