Lo­cal au­thor, Franks fea­tures sto­ries of giv­ing En­cour­age­ment in lat­est book

The Catoosa County News - - SPIRITUAL -

Au­thor/ac­tor Randall Franks said he hopes the sec­ond in his En­cour­agers book se­ries will help peo­ple reach out to oth­ers.

“En­cour­agers II: Walk­ing with the Masters,” re­leased this month world­wide from Peach Picked Pub­lish­ing, shares 49 sto­ries of ac­tors, mu­si­cians and ev­ery­day folks who played a role in Franks’s life.

The first of the se­ries “En­cour­agers I : Find­ing the Light” was re­leased last year.

“God some­times gives to each of us a nudge or push along a path through those he sends into our lives,” he said. “My pro­fes­sional path star­ring on two Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion net­works or guest star­ring for the Grand Ole Opry would not have been pos­si­ble with­out re­ceiv­ing even the least of th­ese nudges.

“Even when we do not re­al­ize it, there are those be­hind the scenes who open doors,” he said. “This book shares the sto­ries of peo­ple who were masters of their en­deav­ors and de­cided to reach out and make a dif­fer­ence. Don’t miss your chance to change a life by shar­ing your en­cour­age­ment with some­one else.”

The sec­ond vol­ume high­lights per­form­ers such as Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff; Amer­i­can icons Roy Rogers, Car­roll O’Con­nor and “Dal­las” leg­end Larry Hag­man; coun­try mu­sic masters Porter Wagoner and the Whites; blue­grass hall of famers Jim and Jesse McReynolds and Bill Mon­roe; and her­alded gospel mu­sic per­form­ers Dot­tie Rambo, Hovie Lis­ter and Bill Gaither.

Franks said that true masters who share their knowl­edge, skill, hopes and dreams can fuel des­tinies not even dreamed by the re­cip­i­ents. His book fea­tures nar­ra­tives about and in­ter­views with those who con­trib­uted to the di­rec­tion of his ca­reer.

Franks, who is best known as “Of­fi­cer Randy Goode” from the TV se­ries “In the Heat of the Night,” starred in three se­ries and 14 films. He be­came a coun­try mu­sic per­son­al­ity as a youth be­gin­ning ap­pear­ances at ma­jor coun­try, folk, blue­grass and gospel events such as Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Fan Fair, Na­tional Folk Fes­ti­val, Na­tional Black Arts Fes­ti­val and for the Grand Ole Opry. With 21 ca­reer al­bums in four gen­res, he has per­formed to over 145 mil­lion fans around the world. Mu­si­cally, he is rec­og­nized as an In­ter­na­tional Blue­grass Mu­sic Mu­seum Leg­end and In­de­pen­dent Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame mem­ber. He is a syn­di­cated colum­nist fea­tured in news­pa­pers across the Southeast and Mid­west­ern U.S.

The 344-page book in­cludes over 301 pho­tos in­clud­ing 158 spe­cial Mo­ments in Time pho­tos fea­tur­ing over 100 stars from Char­lie Daniels to Wil­liam Hurt, Jean­nie C. Ri­ley to Tanya Tucker from Randall’s per­sonal col­lec­tion and 51 celebrity, fam­ily and friend recipes.

The book is avail­able for or­der at http:// ran­dall­franks.com/ for $25 in­clud­ing postage and han­dling, in Fort Oglethorpe at Son­shine Chris­tian Books, or in Ring­gold, at Cottage Trea­sures or Unik­t­ings! and through book out­lets around the world.

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