Thursday, June 13, 2013

I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp

About the Book:

Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp has written songs that have touched millions of lives. His lyrics reveal a heart that’s been broken and a faith that has been tested and restored.

In I Still Believe, Jeremy shares, with unflinching candor and emotion, the extraordinary story behind his award-winning lyrics–from his impoverished childhood, rebellious teenage years, and spiritual awakening at Bible College, to the tragic loss of his first wife, Melissa, to cancer 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 with his second wife, Adrienne.

This memoir is a must-read for Jeremy Camp fans everywhere, and an inspiring, encouraging read for anyone who has ever experienced loss.

My Thoughts:

Jeremy Camp truly lives out his faith, but he gives full credit to God's Spirit sustaining him.  His candid book shares his personal struggles, his doubts, and chronicles the most painful period of his life.

The story takes us back to Jeremy's foundation, growing up and discovering faith in Christ at an early age.  He is honest about his time of doubt and rebellion, and shares openly about his path to fame in the music industry.

The most difficult portion of the story is about his brief but love drenched relationship with his wife, Melissa.  Diagnosed with cancer in her early twenties, Melissa relied on her faith in Christ to weather the storm of doubt and uncertainty.  Just as the two thought the cancer was in remission, Jeremy and Melissa married, only to discover that the cancer was back and with a vengeance.

What Jeremy went through would rock the most solid faith to its core and make many choose to walk away.  I'm so thankful that Jeremy hid himself in the Cross of Christ, allowing his pain and his suffering to temper his music.  He has crafted some of the most healing and hopeful songs I've ever heard, and they have given light to some of the darkest moments of my life.

If you've ever doubted whether Jesus is real, ever had trouble believing that there is a faith in Someone that can hold you up through your worst life experiences, take a peek at Jeremy's story.  See genuine, heartfelt faith in action.

His ministry continues with his wife Adrienne, former lead singer for the band The Benjamin Gate.  Their story is powerful and life changing, and I'm looking forward to seeing what God has in store for their future together.

"I Still Believe" is powerful and real.  The book is published by Tyndale Publishing, and is highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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