The book is inspired by a road trip my brother Scott and I took in the summer of 1991. We drove from Connecticut to Vermont listening to Scott’s Bob Marley tapes, analyzing the lyrics and biblical references. A couple of weeks later, Scott was a passenger in another teenager’s car when he was killed in an alcohol-related crash. My family was devastated. Scott left us his love of life, nature, and the music of Bob Marley. I responded to grief by entering the classroom of Bob Marley. I learned to “stand firm” while offering prayers of thanksgiving and praise to God. Marley’s words came with the authority of one who withstood tremendous hardship through constant prayer and love of God. But they also came with the authority of scripture. This important aspect of Marley’s life and music has not been the subject of serious analysis until now.