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Walk to Beautiful

The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way
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Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy's horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, "She changed every cell in my body."


Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover.

That’s the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It’s a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. But he didn’t just overcome great adversity in his life; he now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system.

Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy’s horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, “She changed every cell in my body.”

It also chronicles Jimmy’s rise to fame in the music industry and his Meet Me Halfway campaign: his walk halfway across America, 1,700 miles from Nashville to Phoenix, to raise awareness for foster kids.

Join Jimmy on his walk to beautiful and see how one person really can make a difference.


“If your story could use a better chapter, take inspiration from Jimmy’s.” —Max Lucado, New York Times Best-Selling Author

“It reads like a movie to me, and if so, I’ll be the first one in a seat to see it.” —Dolly Parton

“Walk to Beautiful will open your eyes to the hurting people around you.” —Frank Harrison, Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated; Chairman and Cofounder, With Open Eyes



Contributor(s) Jimmy Wayne , Ken Abraham
About the Contributor(s) Jimmy Wayne

Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs, story, and walk halfway across America in 2010 continue to help bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. He earned the prestigious “Million-Air Award” for receiving one million radio spins of his song "Do You Believe Me Now." He is the author of Walk to Beautiful, his New York Times best-selling memoir, and the author of the novel and made-for-TV movie Paper Angels. Jimmy lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ken Abraham

Ken Abraham is a New York Times best-selling author known around the world for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. A former professional musician and pastor, he is a popular guest with both secular and religious media. His books include One Soldier's Story with Bob Dole, Payne Stewart with Tracey Stewart, Falling in Love for All the Right Reasons with Dr. Neil Clark Warren, and Let's Roll! with Lisa Beamer.

ISBN-10 0849922100
ISBN-13 9780849922107
Release Date Oct 7, 2014
Weight (lbs) 1.3000
Height 9.38
Width 6.38
Length 380
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $22.99
Format Hardcover
Language English
Accelerated Reader Interest Level UG (Grade 9 thru 12)
Accelerated Reader Points Awards 19.00
Accelerated Reader Reading Level 6.60

Customer Reviews

Review by Stephanie Syler
Overall Rating
Walk to Beautiful, Jimmy Wayne's powerful life story, is like nothing I have ever read. I found myself emotionally engulfed having cried, laughed and stared at the pages in utter disbelief. Yet through his experiences of senseless brutality, repeated abandonment, constant hunger and adolescent homelessness developed a man of compassion, purpose and impeccable character. The vivid accounts of his struggles drew me into his story and have left me longing to give back and make a difference in the lives of others going through similar circumstances be a Beacon of hope and love. Walk to Beautiful is a compelling story of perseverance that truly touched my soul. (Posted on 10/16/2014)
Review by Mary Houghton
Overall Rating
As a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, reading Walk to Beautiful, was extremely difficult for me. Watching a child go through so many toxic experiences was unfathomable. I thought, How can a child endure so many heartaches? But what looked like a barricade to some became a platform for Jimmy. Through his faith at an early age and the love of an angel on earth in his teens, he has been transformed into a champion for others. I highly recommend this powerful and inspirational book. (Posted on 10/16/2014)

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