Doyle Dykes is one of the premier fingerstyle guitarists in the world. When
guitar great Chet Atkins was asked a few years ago who he'd pay money to go see,
his answer was, "People like Doyle Dykes, who is just an amazing fingerpicker, I
think." He has thrilled secular and church audiences all over the world, from
the Grand Ole Opry to Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, England (home of the some
of the most famous rock concerts in history) to Shanghai, China; James' Burton's
International Guitar Festival, Saddleback Community Church, and Harvest Christian
But this book isn't just about his life as a guitar player. Infused
into stories like how he was invited to be part of the Stamps Quartet (Elvis' backup
band), why a white rose is on the headstock of his signature-model guitar, and how
his worst night at the Opry turned out to be anything but, are accounts of the remarkable
ways God has shown up in Doyle's life. His warm, engaging style will draw
you into each chapter--and you'll finish the book having been inspired, feeling
like Doyle is a new friend, and never viewing God the same way again. Includes DVD
with music & interviews.
There are life events that some call circumstance, while others see the hand of God at work. World-renowned guitarist Dykes shares spiritual insights from his life, and he believes confidently that God has been actively present throughout it. Dykes is grateful for his success, and the stories he shares about such famous musicians as Elvis Presley and Eric Johnson make for fascinating reading. He has remained a levelheaded person, not letting fame disturb his personal or family life too much a rarity in the music business. The author's passion for the Christian faith, however, can sometimes rub the wrong way. Often he seems far too confident and self-righteous regarding how God works in the world. But the narrative gets back on track when he opens up honestly and authentically about his fight with a brain tumor and how his faith has carried him through. Guitarists, especially, will be edified by the narrative of a fine musician who managed to navigate the industry with integrity intact.