I found "It's All About Him: Finding The Love of My Life" in a Christian book store a few years ago. I have always been an Alan Jackson fan, and I had heard about the spilt with his wife. I had fallen in love with the song "Remember When" in the fall of 2003; although I did not appreciate it until the fall of 2004. When I was trying to pull my own marriage back together.
Denise Jackson's book captivated my attention, so I quickly bought the book. The title even caught my attention, as I had a preconceived notion of what the title represented. Oh was I wrong!
About the Author:
Denise Jackson is a former flight attendant and elementary school teacher. Denise currently devotes most of her time to her husband Country music superstar Alan Jackson, and their three daughters. Apart from spending time with her family, Denise enjoys playing tennis and is an avid student of the Bible.
About the Book from the back cover:
Alan and Denise Jackson's life seemed like a fairy tale: high school sweethearts marry young and leave small-town Georgia to pursue big dreams in Music City. They pay their dues, work hard, and weather deep disappointments. Then their dreams come true. Stardom and multi-platinum albums. Fame, wealth, a palatial estate and vacation homes: a fleet of airplanes, luxury cars, designer clothes and world-class jewelry.
In the Fairy tales, the Jackson's' material success-plus their "perfect" marriage, their three beautiful daughters, and their supportive families-would have signaled a happily-ever-after ending.
But real life is different from fairy tales.
At the pinnacle of their success, much to the shock of their fans and the pain of their families, the Jackson's separated. For Alan, musical renown, fame, and wealth still did not make up for the marital problems the Jackson's had struggled with for years.. And for Denise, building her life around Alan and riding the tide of the success had somehow left her hollow, unsure of just who she really was.
You don't have to be rich and famous to go through struggles life these. Sooner or later, we all come to the point when we realize that real joy and peace isn't just around the corner of the next achievement, the next relationship, the next new thing.
That's why Alan and Denise Jackson's story isn't just a great read and a dramatic intimate look at the golden world of celebrity. It's a story of the greatest love of all, the love that will never let you go...and how to find it no matter who you are, where you live, or what you've done.
As I read "It's all About Him" I realized that my life had mirrored the Jackson's in many ways except the fame and money. The book resonated with me and spoke volumes to me on so many levels. I enjoyed reading Denise's journey from high school sweethearts, to a broken heart, and the processes of healing that heart. In the book, Denise describes her high school days and being high school sweethearts, she talks about the lean years, and how they struggled, the disappointments, and then the success. The success is when her life changed. A busy wife and mother, she was trying to manage everything, but herself. Along the way during the separation Denise realizes what is most important to her. It is her journey along this path that gives the reader some insight in how to manage a better balance in one's own life.
I enjoyed this book; I was able to find ways to improve myself through this read. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Denise for not giving up and for doing all she could to put her marriage back together. She is an inspiration, and should be counted as such. I highly recommend this book!
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a spiritual look at relationships and how to restore something that is broken. To someone who is struggling to find themselves and anyone. The book has some adult theme to it, though it is clean.