Beyond the glitz: the faith of a country icon

As the morning sun rises over the rolling hills of Tennessee, a voice rings out, carrying with it the soulful melodies of faith and inspiration. That voice belongs to none other than Dolly Parton, a living legend whose faith has been the guiding light in her extraordinary life and career. While she may look like a star-studded Barbie doll, Dolly’s heart is sincere and her faith is authentic. We take this opportunity to highlight her faith, and to encourage our readers to cover this influential icon in prayer.

Growing up, Dolly was raised in a devout Christian family that instilled in her the values of love, compassion, and service to others. She grew up in a Pentecostal household where her grandfather, Reverend Jake Owens, ensured that the family grew up in a religious environment. Hymns and gospel music helped shape Parton’s understanding of music. “I believe that through God, I can do everything … and that’s why so many of my songs have an inspirational feeling,” Parton said. She has never been shy about discussing her faith and relationship with God. “People say, ‘Well, I am surprised that you talk about your faith,’ and I say, ‘Why not? That’s who I am. That’s what keeps me going,’” she explains…

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