Sparta resident Ellsworth (“El”) McMeen has released a book entitled “Growing Up in God’s Country,” which has been designated “A #1 New Release” by It was published by The book is a memoir of McMeen’s life growing up with cerebral palsy, and becoming a “Wall Street lawyer,” internationally acclaimed guitarist, and Christian minister.

“My life is a miracle, thank you Jesus,” says McMeen. As he writes in the book, “the Lord took this gimpy kid and gave him a life as a husband, father, grandfather, corporate lawyer in the cauldron of New York City, then as a touring and recording fingerstyle guitarist, and later as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

McMeen goes on. “This book itself is a miracle of the Lord. Inspired by people who thought my life was interesting, I started without an outline or any notes and the book was finished and published in just over a month. I would be up writing at all hours of the night, accompanied by our cat Millie, who is pictured in the book.”

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McMeen has written numerous books of guitar music for Mel Bay Publications, publisher of music and instructional materials distributed internationally. He has recorded instructional and performance DVD’s for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop (, and gives private guitar lessons and workshops.

With 14 solo guitar recordings, McMeen is listed on the Digitaldreamdoor website as one of the top 100 acoustic guitarists in the world. He has written a joke book entitled “Two Snowflakes Walk into a Bar,” and is a co-author with Steve Baughman of a book entitled “Objection! Overruled! (Or Two Lawyers Have a Little ‘Chat’ about God and Hell).”

He is part of the touring guitarist series called “American Guitar Masters.”

McMeen is a retired partner in the New York City law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. He is married to Sheila, and they have four married children and three grandchildren. 

“Growing Up in God’s Country” is available in three formats through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other outlets, and is available to retailers through Ingram and to libraries through The Amazon website is