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The Faith of Elvis

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The Faith of Elvis by Billy Stanley came across as a beautiful remembrance of his big (step) brother. Billy and his two brothers came into Elvis's life when Elvis's father married their mother, Dee. Billy was seven at the time and did not know how big of a deal Elvis was, just that he was a kind and fun-loving, generous older brother, he immediately made the three boys feel welcome and wanted at Graceland. This book highlights the many good times they shared, including their mutual love of music and fast cars. The book also highlights, as the title suggests, the faith of Elvis. I found all of this to be interesting and I loved learning more 'behind-the-scenes' of this aspect of his life. I absolutely love Elvis's gospel songs, so found it interesting to learn that the only Grammy awards he ever won were for his gospel music. This book is not a 'tell-all', there is very little mentioned of anything negative or salacious. Billy says Elvis was only human and had his shortcomings, but doesn't mention drug use, although he does say he loved the ladies. There is also very little mention of Priscilla (I actually don't remember any) and I only recall one comment regarding Lisa Marie.
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I am a big fan of Elvis, and I have read many books about him.  This book was unique in a few ways:  First of all, It was written by his brother, Billy Stanley.  Second, just like the title implies, it is about Elvis' faith in God.  There were many cool things in the book, including Billy's notes about what Elvis had written in his Bible.  I have been to Graceland may times, and I have seen Elvis' Bible and some of the things written in it.  This was really cool to have them contained in one place though.  I thought that it was neat to hear about Elvis from his brothers, perspective which is very unique also.  This is a book I will be purchasing for my own collection and read it again.  BTW if you get the audio version, there is an interview with the author, coauthor, and the author brother.
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The Faith of Elvis
by Billy Stanley
Pub Date 04 Oct 2022 
 Nelson Books,  Thomas Nelson
 Biographies & Memoirs  |  Christian  |  Nonfiction (Adult) 

I am reviewing a copy of The Faith of Elvis through Nelson Books and Netgalley:

Bill Stanley goes behind the glamour and the crowds, beyond the movies and the records Apart from all who knew him, wanted to know him, or just wanted to be near him.

Billy Stanley knew Elvis Presley as a brother—and as a man of deep faith.

From the time Bill Stanley arrived at Graceland and received a bear hug from the King of Rock and Roll to the last conversation they ever had, one thing stayed the same: Elvis’s passion for sharing God’s love with as many people he could.

The Faith of Elvis shows a side of Elvis that  is not often shown, in this book Billy brings to light Elvis Christian journey, sharing things like the notes Elvis made in his beloved Bible to his struggles with sin as his fame increased to his remarkable generosity toward fans and movie stars alike.

In Billy's loving account you will discover some touching family stories of the Elvis that pop culture doesn’t know; a keen look into how Elvis intricately wove his faith into every part of his life; insights into the ups-and-downs the four brothers experienced while at home and on the road together; and examples of Elvis’s profound influence on others, from those closest to him to his cherished fans and, ultimately, the world at large.

And in these pages you may find your own faith strengthened.

I give The Faith of Elvis five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!
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THE FAITH OF ELVIS by Billy Stanley
This beautifully written book is a tribute from Billy to Elvis and his faith. I am a life long Elvis fan and I loved seeing the intimate look at how important his faith was to him and the way he shared it. There was nothing more powerful than listening to Elvis' gospel music. It still moves me after all these years. This is a 5 star read.
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Fantastic read....I've been an Elvis fan for as long as I can remember because of my dad.  Elvis had passed 10 years before I was born but there was always just something about him that made him special to me.  After reading this book I have an even stronger connection and appreciation for this amazing human being.  No one is perfect.....Live every day as if it is your last. Billy, thank you for sharing this side of your brother with the world. So powerful and moving!!
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I liked reading this one on Elvis by his brother (stepbrother) Billy. Ever since Billy’s mother and Elvis’ father, Vernon, married, Elvis had always treated the three brothers as his brothers too. And when his father and their mother, divorced, Elvis had still treated them as brothers. He was constantly talking to them about God, the Bible, and Jesus. Billy was always in charge of Elvis’ bible that he brought with him on tours and movie sets. Elvis had a big faith. But I don’t know if he “was right with God.” Billy writes that a few weeks before he died that Elvis rededicated his life to God. So possibly if he was sincere, maybe he was. That’s between him and God now. That’s what this book is about mostly. Billy wanted everyone to know who Elvis was to him as a brother. I recommend to anyone who likes Elvis and wants to read about him. There’s no bad language or anything vulgar. Just a brother writing about his brother, Elvis. Thank you to #NetGalley, the author, and publishers for giving me an opportunity to read and review #TheFaithOfElvis with my honest thoughts and opinions. They are my own.
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The author is a younger stepbrother of Elvis. The "step" part was never emphasized. The subject of this book has never been covered to my knowledge. It is a warm remembrance of an adored older brother. It is very enjoyable to read. I read an electronic version courtesy of Net Galley.
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I think Elvis' gospel music is often forgotten for his more rock and roll music but those of us who love Elvis a bunch know the soul he put into the gospel music. I loved getting this look into his faith and how it shaped him.
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The Faith of Elvis is the perfect book for any Elvis fan. I learned so many details about his life.  It was a quick, enjoyable read.
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This is the first book about Elvis that I have read. I was just 4 years old when he died, so I don't know much about him, other than a few songs, and maybe a movie or two. I was glad to learn that Elvis had a strong faith, that he read and wrote in his Bible everyday, that he treated all people alike, and that his favorite music to play and sing was Gospel.

Stanley wrote an earlier book in the 80's titled:  "Elvis, My Brother". I will have to read it to see what info it has. Billy's mother married Vernon, Elvis' dad, when Billy was 6. Billy than either lived or was around Elvis for the next 17 years before Elvis died.

If you expect to read about Priscilla's marriage to Elvis, scandals, or even Lisa Marie than skip this book. Lisa Marie is only talked about once in the whole book, and it's at the end. The book has quirky stories, as well as, serious stories that involve Elvis and Stanley. It's a book of Elvis's faith and how he felt about God.

Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing for the Kindle Version of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

📚 Happy Reading 🙂📚

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Billy Stanley gave a great view of Elvis's faith.  Billy shared about the love and care his brother gave to people around him.  Having faith and sharing it played a big portion of this book.  I found that like every other family there were issues.  Elvis seemed to have a loving answer for most situations.  Faith played a huge part in his life and how he lived it.   Gospel music was a key part of his venturing in music.   In his youth he would attend church and tent meetings.   He brought so much joy to people's hearts and his music still does today.   People never know what is in a man's heart most of the time.   I hope that people will enjoy this book as much as I did.
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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.
2.5 stars
Written by Elvis' younger brother who was adopted by Elvis' dad, this story focuses on the strong faith that was prominent in Elvis' life. Incidents where he practiced Christian values abound. Bible verses and stilted conversations where he attempted to impart those values to Billy are recounted until they all seemed the same. The main point of the story is the emphasis on what a loving, humble, Christian man Elvis was. His faults, failures, and troubles are barely mentioned or are glossed over. While there are numerous events described that demonstrate his strong faith, I would've appreciated less repetition and a more realistic look at the man. (less)
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would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book

the faith of  elvis is actually a book that describes how elvis lived and breathed the bible, and how the gospel music he recorded meant more to him than anything else he recorded in his life time

but its more than that with little insights into elvis's world through the eyes of his brother.. little snippets that add to the charm of this book

i feel the need to go an listen to a few of his gospel albums but what a life he led
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This book on Elvis was my first book I read on him.  It was very interesting on how his brother talking about how Elvis believed and lived out his faith.  I knew he believed, but I really did not think about it. As a Christian, it thrilled me to read how he taught his brothers about Jesus and GOD. And would sing songs in his concerts to fans to hear about GOD. And he was always reading the Bible.  Loving and giving to everyone. Elvis was a special person inside and out.
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REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Faith of Elvis by Billy Stanley is the story of the iconic singer’s Christian faith as shared from the perspective of his stepbrother. This firsthand account of Elvis’s life and abiding belief in Jesus and Heaven explores a subject rarely touched upon in most other biographies. This well written account is emotionally charged and gives the reader a glimpse of the legend’s intense spirituality, kindness and generosity. It is refreshing to find a book of the life of Elvis Presley that is not seeking out insignificant tidbits to exaggerate and exploit for the sake of sensationalism or to merely sell more books and gain the author their fifteen minutes of notoriety. I have read a great number of books by a great number of people about the life of Elvis and this is one of only a few that is written from a place of genuine love and the utmost respect. ⠀
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Many books have been written about the life of Elvis Presley, but few authors have had a 17-year first-hand experience like Billy Stanley, Elvis' step brother who joined the Presley family at age 7 when his mother married Vernon Presley. Stanley has focused on how important faith was to his step-brother, who discovered his love of music in gospel singing at an early age in Tupelo, Mississippi. "Most people who talk to me about Elvis will share that they loved this or that song, but I rarely hear people talk about his gospel music. It's funny that Elvis's rock and roll music received almost all of the attention, yet it was gospel music that was closest to his heart. Elvis saw it as more than a performance. To him, it was a calling and a ministry, " writes Stanley. Filled with personal stories and amusing anecdotes, Stanley shares the personal side of Elvis and his love and generosity towards his family and fans, including the importance of the Bible passages that influenced his life. In the Bible which traveled with him, Elvis wrote personal notes, including: "There is a season for everything, patience will reward you and reveal the answers to your questions". Elvis only received Grammy Awards for his gospel music, and his passion for racial injustice and treating people equally shows in this note when he wrote in his Bible near Psalm 137, "The highest graces of music flows from the feelings of the heart and soul". In this latest book, Stanley also describes how faith and religion have influenced his own personal journey, and show a side of Elvis Presley that many people have not thought of or discovered.

Thank you to NetGalley and Nelson Books for an advanced reading copy of this book.
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I was really looking forward to this as an avid Elvis fan. It gives a fantastic insight to his personal faith and as it is different from all the other books about Elvis I loved every page!
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A different look at the life of Elvis by his step brother Billy Stanley. This book is very different than the ‘somewhat dishy’ book Billy wrote years ago.
In 2018, Billy suffered a heart attack and was clinically dead for several minutes at which time he was visited by Elvis. This event begins Billy’s story of faith. 
He describes the exciting world of Elvis. The travel,, touring, brotherly dating advice and the love of cars and racing. Billy makes note that beneath all of the fame there was a foundation of faith. Even while touring amidst adoring fans, Billy carried Elvis’s bible for him. He recorded Gospel themed albums and incorporated those songs into his live performances. Elvis’s belief in Jesus and the rewards of Heaven carried him through the most difficult of times and this is a story that shines a bright light on this facet of Elvis’s life.
Thanks to NetGalley, Billy Stanley &  Eason, Thomas Inc for an ARC in exchange for a book review.
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I was so excited to read this book and learn more about the spiritual side of Elvis. While I am a fan of Elvis music/movies/artistry, my true draw to him has been the man he was when he was off of the stage. I have read countless credible books, watched many official interviews/documentaries, as well as visited Graceland on a private tour to truly get a glimpse of the essence of Elvis Presley. 
I unfortunately found this book very disappointing. Elvis had countless amazing qualities as stated in this book, but he also had his demons. Demons that this book doesn't truly address. And while I am not a fan of the cash-grab exploitation books written by some of the people who were close to Elvis, this book felt like a less harsh but still impersonal and empty cash grab. 
There are so many resources regarding Elvis' spirituality and his passion for the more metaphysical topics. Larry Geller was not only Elvis hairdresser, but he was also his spiritual advisor. Besides Larry's excellent book (Leaves of Elvis' Garden)  on the spiritual side of Elvis, Priscilla (Elvis and Me), Linda (A Little Thing Called Life), and Ginger (Elvis and Ginger) all wrote books that go into detail the spiritual books Elvis read, Elvis spiritual practices, and even exact notes that Elvis would write in his books. 
While Billy does state in his book : 'Elvis pointed to his Bible and said, "Everything you should believe is right there. Don't put labels on anything. That's where you get hung up."' , he continues the book with a very limited/closed-off perspective. What I admire about Elvis is that he had his own personal relationship with God beyond the walls of a church building. He could think for himself about his relationship with God without a pastor telling him what to think. And Elvis could also dive into the different realms of spirituality at a time that 'New Age' wasn't 'trendy' like it is now. As taboo as things like numerology, gnostic studies, energy work, etc. might still be to some people, you can't discuss Elvis spiritually without those topics. Two profound books that were Elvis favorite were The Prophet and The Impersonal Life. If you want to observe Elvis from a spiritual level, outside of any third party wife/girlfriend/step-brother/friend, read Elvis's two favorite books.. That will tell you everything.
While this books was a fine read, it felt like a version of Elvis that was wrapped in a pretty bow for Sunday church service. Elvis and his spirituality were so much more than that.
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If you want to learn more about Elvis from someone that learned a lot from him this is the book for you.  If you want to learn more about Elvis' faith and how it shaped him as a man this is a must read.
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