Monday, January 27, 2014

Jeremy Camp: I Still Believe A Memoir

I Still Believe is a memoir of Jeremy's "extraordinary story behind his lyrics-from his impoverished childhood, difficult, teenage years, and spiritual awakening to the tragic passing of Melissa and the heart-wrenching spiritual journey that followed, a journey that reignited Jeremy's faith, inspired some of his most beloved songs, and paved the way for a second chance at love."

The paper back book is broken down into 19 chapters. In the middle of the book, there are personal pictures of Jeremy. Some of the pictures are of Jeremy as a baby. In others, he is with his siblings and friends. Others of him with Melissa (1st wife) and some with Adrienne (current wife) and their children.

Jeremy Camp talks about growing up in an impoverished childhood. Although he was raised in a Christian home, his father was an alcoholic. He also discusses his struggle with the loss of his first wife to ovarian cancer. Jeremy also discusses his feelings of bitterness when Melissa past. He shares how the songs "Breaking My Fall" and "There Will Be a Day" came about.

In spite of all of the sadness, the book has Scripture in it. For example, in one of the chapters, Jeremy's mom is given liver to eat for her and her family. They had been eating liver for a while and she began to grumble. The verse that pops in her head is found in Deuteronomy "I'm providing for you. I am doing this to test you and to know what's in your heart and to humble you. Then, when you come into the land of plenty, you won't forget Me."

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jeremy's story of pain, bitterness, and healing. It was refreshing to have a famous Christian singer be transparent, open, honest, and real about his struggles.

I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with life. This book provides Scriptures and is very encouraging.

I received this book free of charge from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review. 

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