While you may never meet Bill in person, you will get to know this man and want to know more about him as you turn the pages of his memoir.
Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1:
“There were no church bells ringing, no celebrations on that cold, winter day, December 11, 1929. It was just another day in the little community of Eagleton, Arkansas, which is near the town of Mena. Though located in one of the prettiest places on earth, Southwestern Arkansas, my family was more concerned with finding food and shelter for their family. There were already five children; I was the sixth child and another mouth to feed. Three more would follow in the next few years. I was named William Franklin Carter after my mother’s father.”
“Mama and Daddy raised us nine kids with a cook stove that had to have wood cut for it. We lived off the land, raised our own food and if we went to town, it was the team and wagon that took us there.”
“It brings back such memories, for this was the life of the Carter family.”
“There has always been a song in my spirit. When I was nine years old, I was riding in the back seat of my teacher's car where we all lived in Loneoak, Arkansas. I suddenly began to sing ‘A Pocket Full of Dreams.’"
“My teacher said, ‘William, I cannot believe what my ears are hearing; you are a very good singer for a nine-year-old kid; I’m going to get you on the radio in Little Rock. Sure enough, she kept her word.”
“That lady teacher made arrangements for me to go to Little Rock the following Saturday to sing in a talent show on radio station KGHI. We arrived at Radio Station in Little Rock where I sang, “A Pocket Full of Dreams.” A little kid from a poor family would identify with a song like that.”
“My imagination was at work as the broadcast took place. This was a small step in the right direction for a little guy who usually went barefoot in the summertime and was often seen with only one strap of my overalls up.”
“I have been asked the question many times as to when I started singing; that was the beginning of a career in singing that has spanned all these years.”
“I somehow felt that one day that would be my life…and it was.”
In Bill’s memoir, he tells of rubbing elbows with other rising country music stars that reached the pinnacle of success. And finally, the dream of singing at the Grand Ole’ Opry came true and a record label with MGM, the coveted title he had sought.
But God had other plans for Bill's life...
His story is a beauty of a testimony of God’s great love for the soul of a man, as his open and honest memoir tells his journey through the pits of hell to the Kingdom of God.
He takes the reader through a journey of many roads traveled with his home-spun style of telling his story which makes you ask for more and at times brings laughter to your soul.
Within the pages of Bill’s book, you will find the impact of one man - one story at a time as Bill takes you back in time, to a much simpler, faith-filled way of living.
Enjoy taking the journey through Bill’s life with him. It is a story you will not forget!
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
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About the Author
Bill Carter joined The New York Times as a national media reporter in 1989. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Late Shift, two other books on the television industry, Monday Night Mayhem and Desperate Networks, and has written numerous articles for The New York Times Magazine and other publications. He has been a guest on Nightline, Today, CNN, Charlie Rose, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and many other shows. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he lives in New Jersey with his wife. They have two children.
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Bill takes the reader through a journey of many roads traveled with his home-spun style of telling his story which makes you ask for more and at times brings laughter to your soul. Within the pages of Bill’s book, you will find the impact of one man - one story at a time as Bill takes you back in time, to a much simpler, faith-filled way of living. Enjoy taking the journey through Bill’s life with him. It is a story you will not forget!