Glad You're Here: Two Unlikely Friends Breaking Bread and Fences

Glad You're Here: Two Unlikely Friends Breaking Bread and Fences

by Walker Hayes, Craig Allen Cooper
Glad You're Here: Two Unlikely Friends Breaking Bread and Fences

Glad You're Here: Two Unlikely Friends Breaking Bread and Fences

by Walker Hayes, Craig Allen Cooper

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Overview

When Craig Cooper and Walker Hayes met, Walker was an alcoholic atheist reeling from the backlash of a failed music career. Through their unlikely friendship, Craig’s life demonstrated the love of Christ in a way that shattered Walker’s misconceptions of Christianity, ultimately leading him down the path to a dramatic conversion. The two are now close as brothers, choosing to be next-door neighbors and ripped 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. Glad You’re Here 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.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802424716
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2022
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 17,719
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

WALKER HAYES is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter originally from Mobile, Alabama, signed to Monument Records. Throughout his career, he has released multi-Platinum singles "Fancy Like" and "You Broke Up With Me," performed on national television with Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The TODAY Show, and has been written about in the LA Times, Esquire, Billboard and Rolling Stone. His single "Craig" — a song about a neighbor who reached out to Hayes in a time of need — was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2018 AIMP Nashville Awards and prompted Hayes to start the Be a Craig Fund to help other families during their own times of need. A new version of the track featuring MercyMe is on Hayes' forthcoming album Country Stuff the Album. The song inspired this book.

CRAIG COOPER is a gifted storyteller and Bible teacher. For over twenty years, he has spoken at numerous churches, men's retreats, college campuses, and various gatherings. He has traveled across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia with a desire to see and serve the world. An encourager at heart, Craig's passion is to help people perceive the gifts of God in their lives and deploy them for Jesus' glory. Having served as one of the founding pastors of Redeeming Grace Church in Franklin, Tennessee, Craig now resides in the greater Nashville area with his amazing wife, Laura, and their four kids as next-door neighbors to the Hayes family. You can follow Craig on Instagram @craigallencooper and for more information or for speaking inquiries, please visit craigallencooper.com.

Table of Contents

1 A Dream 9

2 A Church 19

3 A Dog 35

4 A Wednesday 43

5 A Bar 53

6 A Van 67

7 A Song 77

8 A Baby 91

9 A Friend 109

10 A Path 125

Afterward 135

Acknowledgments 143

Appendix A Songs 147

Appendix B Pictures 155

Notes 157

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Praise for Glad You’re Here

“Walker Hayes is captivating. I knew it the first time he came on The Today Show. But that brilliance on the screen was only a tiny fraction of who he really is. The real stuff is on the pages of this book. Both Walker and Craig are lit from inside . . . that light is splashed on each and every page. You will feel it and be inspired!”
—HODA KOTB
Coanchor, NBC News’ Today; cohost, Today with Hoda & Jenna

“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
New York Times bestselling author of That Sounds Fun

“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

Glad You’re Here comes as a gift to a world that seems quicker to divide than come together. Walker and Craig weren’t obvious candidates for close friendship: an avowed atheist and a committed believer, a musician struggling to find his place and a pastor who questioned his calling, both bringing past hurts and vulnerabilities into their present relationships. But theirs is a story of genuine affection, sacrificial love, sacred hospitality, and a celebration of the God-given gift of one another. Whether you follow Jesus or regard Him with skepticism,the impact He has on these men is undeniable—and their story might just inspire you to learn more about the One who turned water Napa Valley red.”
—PETER GREER
President & CEO of HOPE International and coauthor of Mission Drift

“Meet Walker (country singer-songwriter) and Craig. They tell a story of how the gospel transforms people through the gift of friendship. Their writing is clear, transparent, and engaging, inspiring hope for what can happen as God makes us better witnesses in a broken world. This is a captivating book that will be of help to anyone wise enough to pick it up!”
—DAVE HARVEY
President of Great Commission Collective; author of The Plurality Principle and I Still Do

“One of the greatest gifts God has given to you and me is the gift of friendship. Walker and Craig invite all of us into the depths of what Christ-centered friendship is all about in this powerful book. I found myself crying on one page and hysterically laughing on the next! My only complaint is the book had to end!”
—BRIAN CLARKE
Pastor, Cross Point Church

“In Glad You’re Here, Craig and Walker refuse to be trite. They tell their stories honestly, giving us full view of the joys and the heartaches accompanying the surprising friendship of a pastor and a country music star. Their account will leave you heartened and challenged to pursue the authentic faith and unvarnished friendship they’ve discovered together. This book is a delight to read!”
—CHRIS HORST
Coauthor of Rooting for Rivals

“I love this book so much. The honesty, the rawness, the storyline—it’s written vulnerably and beautifully, and it all just points to the goodness of Jesus!”
—STEVE FEE
Songwriter / Producer, Nashville, TN

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