A Grandmother’s Prayer: Moments in a Music Life
By Chris Christian
4-6 p.m. Tuesday. April 30
Chris Christian grew up in Abilene as Chris Smith before hitting it big in the music business in Nashville and Los Angeles. He tells his inspiring story in his new book, A Grandmother’s Prayer: Moments in a Music Life. We welcome Chris back to his hometown for a book signing from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Texas Star Trading Company.
Chris started out as a singer, guitarist, and banjo player, and played with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas before going to Nashville and then LA to make his name as a songwriter, record producer, and recording artist. Hundreds of his songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in pop and contemporary Christian music, including Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, The Carpenters, B.J. Thomas, Dionne Warwick, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and Chris himself. He even recorded two Christmas albums with Coach Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s.
Come out and meet or greet Chris and pick up a copy of his book that begins in Abilene with a grandmother’s prayer, a fourth grade teacher’s encouragement, and a father’s $100 gift, which put him on the track to a remarkable career in music.
Chris’s story shows how relationships formed early in his career led from one opportunity to another. At the end of the book, he offers a concise two-page summary of the most important lessons he has learned in his life, one of them being: “Despite what people say, it’s not who you know that leads to success. It’s who likes you.”
So, save the date – April 30 – when Chris Christian comes home for a book signing. However, you don’t have to wait until then to buy the book. We already have it in stock ($29.99 hardcover). You can read it and then bring it in and have him autograph it.
1:30-3 Saturday, Feb. 16
“Comfort When the Shadow Falls” by Eddie Sharp, with Cheryl Bacon
Eddie Sharp, who was senior minister at University Church of Christ for 28 years, has teamed up with Cheryl Mann Bacon to provide a practical guide to young preachers and church leaders on ministering to those who are dying and grieving.
“Comfort When the Shadow Falls: Encouraging the Dying and Those Affected by Grief” (Abilene Christian University Press, $19.99 paperback) includes personal experiences, appropriate Scriptures, and down-to-earth advice on such topics as: ministering to the one dying and to the family of the one dying; sudden death from traffic accidents, violence and suicide; how to organize a funeral service; the value of a good obituary; and dealing with the media when a death is newsworthy.
Welcome to our inaugural posting of “Book Notes,” a regular-ish item about featured books in our store — whether new arrivals, best-sellers or just books that we want to reconnect with. Not all of these books are on our website. But if not, feel free to give us a call! We love to take phone orders! 325-672-9696.
The top five best-selling books at Texas Star Trading in 2018 – all with ties to Abilene — were:
5 (tie). Abilene A to Z, a children’s book about Abilene history and culture, by Jay Moore and Glenn Dromgoole, and Abilene in Song: The Women There Don’t Treat You Mean, about all the songs that mention Abilene, by Joe Specht with CD by Greg Young.
Texas Star is opening at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 3) due to icy road conditions. Be safe!
Texas Star will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day. Our regular hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 4.
See you then!
“Playing for More” is a new book by Case Keenum, a native Texan (Abilene, Texas) who is the new starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. The book charts Keenum’s course through high school, college and entering professional football — and how he has overcome obstacles through his Christianity and love from family.
For a limited time, each book ordered will include an autographed book plate — essentially an autographed book!
Click here to see details about the book.
We’re celebrating our 14th anniversary in downtown Abilene! In-store specials through Saturday, July 28. We’ve also added lots of new bargain books and other new clearance items to our website, so be sure to check that out. And those prices continue beyond this week!
Thanks for 14 years … we’re looking forward to more!
Gary P. Nunn, a Texas music legend, will sign copies of his new book — “At Home with the Armadillo” — from 1-2:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 24, at Texas Star.
Gary will be in Abilene to perform during the Outlaws & Legends Music Festival … and he’s agreed to stop by our store earlier that afternoon to sign his book.
The book was published earlier this year (2018) by Greenleaf Book Group, and is the memoir of this true Texas music icon.
If you can’t make it and would like to have a book signed, contact us at 325-672-9696 and we’ll take care of it for you! Or order on our website and put personalization details in the gift message box at checkout.