Grammy nominated country music singer/songwriter Walker Hayes has partnered with Bible teacher Craig Cooper to pen his first inspirational book Glad You're Here.The book helps us discover how building relationships, sacrificing for the good of others, and drawing near in times of need can lead to powerful transformation. Through story and biblical reflections, Glad You're Here helps readers see how God works in the everyday lives of those who love him.
When Cooper and Hayes met, Hayes was an alcoholic atheist reeling from the backlash of a failed music career. The name "Craig" will likely sound familiar to fans, as the name of a Walker Hayes song in which he documents the day Craig entered his life, gifting his family a car during a time of need and leading Hayes down his path towards finding hope in faith.
A storyteller and Bible teacher for over twenty years, Cooper served as one of the founding pastors of Redeeming Grace Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and has spoken at numerous churches, men's retreats, college campuses, and gatherings.
Hayes and Cooper are now as close as brothers, moving next door to each other during the pandemic, and even ripping out the fence between their homes as a testament to the power of the gospel to break down barriers and unite people together in Christ.
The book is available everywhere books are sold today and can be ordered here.
This is what others are saying about the book:
"An incredible story of friendship, faith, the love of Jesus and the sovereign hand of God, Glad You're Here is a book that will bring tears to your eyes and breath to your lungs and make you see and love your neighbors just a little different-and maybe a lot better." ANNIE F. DOWNS.
"The first time I heard the song 'Craig' was a few years before I had the privilege of meeting Walker. The song stopped me in my tracks. I'd never heard a song capture how the church is supposed to be, and it came from a man who didn't know Jesus at the time. Well, Walker does know Jesus now, thanks to the Lord using his friend Craig, and has an incredible story to tell." BART MILLARD, Lead singer of MercyMe.
Hayes is enjoying a busy spring, announcing that he will be embarking on the "Glad You're Here" arena tour this fall. The fifteen-city trek will kick off in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Sept. 29 with special guest Parmalee.