Thomas Rhett Says Lauren Akins’ New Book Is ‘Hard To Read In the Best Way’

As Lauren Akins prepares for the release of her first book, LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes, her…


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August 13, 2020


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As Lauren Akins prepares for the release of her first book, LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes, her husband, country superstar Thomas Rhett, is sharing his thoughts on her revealing new memoir.

Out August 18, LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes, offers readers advice about balancing family life while trying to keep a romance alive. The memoir will also provide guidance about expressing your true faith and living a life of purpose.

Although Rhett, who admits he doesn’t read books, may be a bit biased, he thinks her book is truly something special.

“The last book I read was Harry Potter,” he jokes, “but this book is absolutely fantastic, and I am biased because she’s my wife but I think it’s a really, really great read and I think it’s gonna encourage and inspire a lot of 7 and 8 year old girls and also inspire a lot of people a lot older than 7 and 8. Just to learn that your decisions have weight and your words have weight and to really think about the choices you make in life. And it’s truly inspiring.”

While he loves the book in every way, the “Be A Light” singer admitted it was sometimes tough to get through as it includes some very personal details about their lives.

“It’s hard to read in the best way. This book really gets into severe detail of the adoption process, of what it was like when we first had kids and what it was like when I first got on the road and she had just graduated from Tennessee with a nursing degree and didn’t use her nursing degree,” he explains. “[It also] talks about her childhood and what shaped her into the person she is now.  And I mean, it’s a memoir. So you have to be really invested to know that this is a story of her life.”

To celebrate the release of LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes, Lauren Akins will host a virtual book tour to discuss the memoir. Details about the upcoming book tour can be found HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.