Saturday, 10 November 2012
Man In White
Author: Johnny Cash
Year of publication: 1986, Hodder and Staughton edition 1987
Back cover blurb: 'Once notorious for his wild living and then his dependence on drugs as he tried to cope with his rise to fame in the American music scene, Johnny Cash, the 'Man in Black', discovered he was persecuting his own body.
Saul the Pharisee, expert in Jewish Law and bitter opponent of the 'followers of the Nazarene' discovered he was persecuting the body of Christ when he met the 'Man in White' on the Damascus Road.
Cash sees himself mirrored in the apostle Paul: when he came off drugs, 'it was like a new birth, a new lease of life. My mind was renewed... I was transformed and identified with the Apostle.'
A decade's research into ancient Judaism and the New Testament resulted in this powerful novel - a testimony to Christ's changing power in St. Paul, and in Cash himself.'
Quick flick reveals: A novel by Cash is an exciting prospect, but this very much comes from the Bible-bashing, Holy Land-visiting, Billy Graham rally-attending side of the man that fans tend to keep quiet about. Like Cash's lyrics, the prose is stripped down and to-the-point. Just hoping it's closer to I Walk the Line than it is to Chicken in Black.
Random paragraph: 'He moved among the people with a loving, gentle grace. He was followed by many little children, some of whom pulled at his robe. He reached down and, smiling, picked up a boy in one arm and a girl in the other. He held them close against his face, rubbing his coarse beard against them and leaving them laughing with merriment.'