Josh Turner Writes Book on Being a Man

I think I’ve been in country music long enough to know about man stuff. It’s stuff like hay bales and wheat fields and moonshine and lift kits and KC lights. Right?

Well, that depends on who you ask. Josh Turner tends to have a different definition of man stuff. He’s even written a book about it. Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood will be released April 29. And I just had a chance to catch up with Turner to talk about what Man Stuff means to him.

“The book doesn’t teach you how to be a male. It teaches you how to be a man,” Turner told me. “I think most men know how to hunt and fish and watch football. I tried to make this book so I’m not preachy — and I don’t want to claim that I have all answers — but I have hope that this will help readers strive to be better men.”

His idea for the book came about when he realized he had more to say. “It’s really an opportunity for me to be able to say the things that I haven’t been able to say on a record or from a stage. I have never had the means to get things out, tell the stories I wanted to tell and share my life experiences like this in a tangible form,” he said.

It’s not really a traditional autobiography. But it’s not a self-help book, either. Somewhere in between those two, Turner has found a way to paint a picture of how he was raised and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

“I’ve gotten a lot of advice in my life — some good, some bad — and I’ve had to be discerning about what advice to follow. I think God has guided me through that,” Turner said.

And it’s the small things in life that Turner hopes his readers will make part of their bigger picture: “A kind word to your neighbor, a beautiful sunset, taking the time to enjoy a cup of coffee and spending a few extra minutes with your child before he goes to bed. You don’t have to sit and listen to a whole sermon to learn a lot about life. One or two sentences are all we need. Then we can gradually chip away at ourselves and try to kick out the bad and bring in the good.”