Josh Turner‘s book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, will be released nationwide April 29. In the book, Josh shares what he’s learned over the years as a son, brother, friend, husband and father.
“I was raised in a strong Christian family in a tight-knit community in rural South Carolina,” Josh says in the book’s introduction. “I was taught why being thoughtful, respectful, and considerate of others makes life more fulfilling, and why trusting God with your life’s decisions is wise. If all that sounds a little old-fashioned, well, that’s because it is. And I’m okay with that.”
In the following excerpt from Man Stuff, Josh reveals what happened when he took those life lessons and applied them to his career in the form of bus rules:
In the early days of my career, we all traveled on the same bus. By ‘we all’ I mean my wife, Jennifer, the crew, the band, everybody. That’s just how it is when you’re starting out. But I felt convicted that we needed some rules, some bus rules. So I posted a list in the bus. There were actually quite a few, but here are four I remember:
1. No women on the bus unless they’re family.
2. No alcohol, drugs, or smoking.
3. Clean up after yourself.
4. We play country music and we dress the part.
I remember playing at the Grand Ole Opry several years ago, and a member of another band got on our bus and “took” the rules and hung them up in the men’s bathroom of the Opry. As you might guess, this got me and my list a lot of attention—negative attention.
Billboard magazine even included it in a story they were doing at the time on touring in the music industry. My reaction to the whole thing was “What’s the big deal? I’m not ashamed of the rules on my bus. I don’t care what anybody else thinks about it. It’s my bus.”
I don’t post my bus rules anymore. Everybody who works for me knows what I expect, and they abide by those expectations—or they don’t work for me. I believe this is the way it is with our heavenly Father. God has rules and expects us to abide by them. This is His world, and He knows how it works best. If we don’t want to follow His rules, we’re free to find another bus. But His is the only one that’ll get us to where we really need to be.
[Excerpted from Man Stuff, Josh Turner, Thomas Nelson, Releasing Nationwide April 29, 2014]
If you happen to be in the Nashville area on April 22 you can meet Josh, who’ll be signing copies of the book at Lifeway Christian Store in Franklin, Tenn. from 6:15-7:15 p.m. The signing is free and open to the public.