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Long Way Gone

“Some have been burned. Broken. Left out in the cold. Some are wrestling with painful words spoken over them by someone they love or walking around in chains of their own making. A few are dying inside. Whatever the reason, when you sit down in front of them and say, ‘Let me play a song for you,’ you’re giving them something that no money can buy.”

He looked confused. “What’s that?”


An excerpt from the extraordinary, beautiful, happy, sad, riveting book, Long Way Gone. It’s a book about music, how it touches us “underneath our DNA” and how it plays a central part in one man’s journey from love to the path of a prodigal to loss and then a journey back to grace. Mr. Martin takes up all the worthwhile topics of life: music, loss, love, forgiveness, redemption, and hope.

The father writes to his son [Cooper, aka “Peg”] after his son has broken their relationship in the most public and humiliating way possible:

“Here’s the truth: No matter what happened on the stage tonight, no matter where you went when you drove out of here, no matter where you end up, no matter what happens, what you become, what you gain, what you lose, whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no matter what you dip your hands into…no gone is too far gone.

You can always come home..

And when you do, you’ll find me standing right here, arms wide, eyes searching for your return.

I love you. Dad.”

Here is another passage I really enjoyed, a description of Colorado:

“Colorado is like a girl I once knew.  Beautiful in any light.  When the light or angle changes, something new is revealed. Something hidden rises to the surface. In late September and early October, the light in Colorado shifts.  Snow dusts the peaks. The color in the trees has peaked and begun draining out.  Colorado in the fall is a peek into the throne room.  Colorado in winter is majesty defined. A declaration.

When God carved this place with words, He lingered.”

It’s an excellent book, you should read it, and everything else Charles Martin has written.