Jimmy Wayne Releases His First Children's Book on Nov. 1: Ruby The Foster Dog
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Nashville, Tenn. — When Ruby, an adorable mixed-breed puppy with an underbite, gets mixed up in a daring attempt to help foster kids, she learns that love can overcome any obstacle…even a broken heart.
Abandoned in a shelter as a puppy, Ruby wonders if she’ll ever be adopted by a family. When a goofy looking, scruffy-faced man wearing ski goggles in the middle of the summer stops by the shelter, he adopts Ruby. Mr. James was not the family she was expecting, but could he still be the answer to her prayers?
Mr. James (known as Jimmy Wayne to his country music fans) is walking halfway across America to raise awareness for the thousands of foster children who desperately need help. Ruby realizes that she’s not so very different from these kids: she’s scared and alone. If she doesn’t have help, she can’t have hope either. Mr. James wants to change all that, for her and for every foster kid in the United States.
On their adventure, Mr. James teaches Ruby about integrity, honesty, loyalty, faith, forgiveness, and trust, but mostly she learns how love can rescue someone and forever change lives. As they walk along historic routes and locations throughout the United States, Ruby quietly helps Mr. James overcome the issues he's been struggling with too. By the time they get to Phoenix (from Nashville) both of their lives are changed for the better.
Just as Ruby accepts Mr. James as her new family, an unexpected phone call challenges her to redefine family—and love—all over again. Ruby is reunited with her birth mother, learning that hard times can hit good people, and the foster system only works when we all work with it.
Readers will walk away from Ruby the Foster Dog with a full heart, fun facts about the United States, a strong desire to help foster dogs and foster kids find homes and forever families. They will understand how to be a star that shines for others.
Ruby’s story parallels the plight of the more than 400,000 children in foster care, the 30,000 who age-out annually at 18-years-young, and the 100,000+ children waiting to be adopted.
Jimmy Wayne Awarded Honorary Doctorate from William Woods University
On Saturday, May 6, 2017 — foster care awareness month — Jimmy Wayne delivered William Woods University’s 2017 commencement address. Following a robust standing ovation, university president, Jahnae Barnett, presented an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Jimmy, in recognition of his tireless work on behalf of foster children and his exemplary contribution to society.
Jimmy’s work includes lobbying for the extension of foster care to age 21 in every state in the U. S., authoring the three-time New York Times bestselling memoir Walk To Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found The Way, advocacy through keynote speaking around the world on the plight of children in foster care, and his seven-month, 1,700 mile walk halfway across America to raise awareness for the 30,000 children a year who age out of foster care into homelessness.
“I’m humbled by this honor. I’d be remiss not to point to some very special people who are the reason I’m here today. I’ll start with Bea and Russell Costner, the couple who, at 75 and 79 years old, took me in when I was 16, homeless and had nothing to offer them. They changed every cell in my body and continue to inspire me to this day. Ms. Crystal Friday, my 6th-grade teacher — twice, who encouraged me to write, and Ms. Cindy Ballard, my school counselor who helped enroll me in classes the very week I moved into Bea and Russell’s home. They met me halfway, and because of them, I’m able to help others,” said Jimmy.
After the commencement ceremony President Barnett — who has been with the university for 45 years and its president for the last 27 — said, “This was the most fabulous commencement address we have ever experienced. When I looked out at the audience, I saw tears, anticipation, and guests sitting on the edges of their seats. As soon as Jimmy concluded, he received an immediate standing ovation. We’ve had some
great commence speakers including Val Kilmer and President Reagan to William Shatner, but Jimmy’s was number one.”
Jimmy continues to raise awareness for children in foster care — and for the more than 30,000 who age-out of the foster care system every year — through writing, performing and speaking.
Singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne discusses his passion for helping kids in the foster care system and encourages listeners to consider how they can make a positive difference in the lives of these children. (Part 1 of 2) Click Here to Listen