- Honest, even surprising apologetic of rock singer Review by Alastair
From the vivid opening statement of a 'fall from grace' (and from the balcony of a hotel) through the rollercoaster of Scott Stapps life this is an honest, intelligent reflection on the story of a creative, thoughtful, troubled soul.
A more cynical listener might dismiss this as Stapps trying to explain his reasons why all of the criticisms levelled at him are unjustified. If one listens carefully, though, there is an almost brutal honesty about his own failings, the pain he has felt and darkness that has often been overwhelming in his life.
The big surprise is how articulate Stapps is about his own faith and life - obviously he's a creative singer and writer, but the way he is able to talk openly about an abusive father, substance addiction, his own 'hero complex' and rejection of narrow Church experience is a revelation.
This six and a half hour opus is well narrated with plenty of expression, the content compelling and the style easy to listen to. Recommended listening!
(Posted on 5/9/2013)
- Interesting Read Review by Em
This was an easy book to get into. The story takes off right from the start and holds your interest easily throughout. I found the ending to be somewhat unfulfilling. Let me explain why....
It was pretty interesting to hear the things this guy went through. I didn't think I would be able to get into a book in which I thought I had no interest in the subject. However, that quickly proved false when I was swept up into the re-telling of the events of his life.
Scott Stapp isn't that old, so his life is far from over, and he is far from experiencing everything he is going to experience. And this book reads that way. You follow along the trials and tribulations, and hear about nearly everything he experienced in his young rocker life. He experiences things that a lot of us can relate to in some fashion, and he rises above it all.
His story is an interesting one, and the narrator is EXCELLENT for sure. But I found that the story abruptly ends because we finally catch up to the current time in Stapp's life. So there is no way to go any further with his experiences. However, Stapp could have gone into his ideas and prayers for his future. Where does he see himself in the future? Where would he like to be? What is he doing right now? What is he going to do to keep from slipping? Does he have a better manager? A better wrap up of his ending would have perhaps nailed this book's ending the same way it started out.
Overall I really enjoyed this quick, interesting read and wouldn't hesitate to listen to it again. It is entertaining and interesting.
christianaudio sent me a free copy. Thanks christianaudio! In return I gave them my free opinion.
(Posted on 1/10/2013)
- Fascinating Look at a Rock Star Review by Matt
Sinner's Creed by Scott Stapp is a very interesting look into the life of Scott Stapp, the lead singer of Creed. It is an uncensored autobiography of his early life, high and lows of his musical career and his life outside of show business. It covers in great depth his relationship with God and his struggle to overcome issues common to rock stars such as drug and alcohol abuse.
In many ways it is a portrayal of a deeply troubled famous person, who is stumbling toward God despite past issues. It chronicles issues with his Christian step father who appeared at first to be the father figure he was longing for but turned out to be abusive and a poor example of a Christian father. Also his struggles to maintain a healthy family and stay out of trouble while touring worldwide with Creed.
I knew a reasonable amount about Creed’s music before reading this book but I knew very little of the struggles and politics that were part of the band’s career away from all the bright lights. It will be interesting to see how his story develops in the next few years to come.
The narration was good as it was expressive and different voices and tones where used for other characters in the story.
It is a gripping book to read for anyone who has an interest in music and the pressures that come with being famous.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
(Posted on 11/11/2012)
- Shook Me Up Review by Korey
This story is gripping.
More than being exposing to the train wreck of a life that being a rock star lends itself to being, Scott's story of a legalistic, respected, yet abusive "Christian" father is what shook me the most.
I won't go into details, but Scott's childhood was absolutely horrific. Some parts were hard to listen to. Basically, it's a story of all law and no grace. Scott's life has been an incredibly hard journey.
In our world today we seem to enjoy watching celebrities' lives fall apart in front of us. This book gives some great glimpses into their lives behind the spotlight, and may very well leave you feeling extremely grateful for your ordinary life.
The narrator does a fantastic job. As should be the case, it seems as though the author is speaking.
I'd highly recommend this book to all Creed fans, as Scott explains the story behind numerous songs as well as the band life. ln fact, it's a great listen for a raw, honest look into the celebrity world.
I'll confess that Scott most likely isn't the Christian role-model you'd point your children to. In fact, you'll probably question his authenticity-whether he truly is born again. His story is one of an ongoing battle with dark sin to this day. That can be hard for a church kid (with his own set of 'problems') to reconcile.
Heavily, horrifically honest book. It's an autobiography, not a sermon. Thanks Scott. You're not perfect, but you're a great inspiration.
(Posted on 11/4/2012)
- Rock Star Life Review by Nicki
I did enjoy listening to this audiobook and as I haven't heard of Creed or Scott Stapp it made it even more interesting. I felt a whole load of emotions listening to this going through the different times in the author's life. Horror at the hands of an abusive religious father, excitement as he becomes part of a rock band and despair as he gets deeper into addiction.
Although this may sound depressing it is a wonderful story about grace in the midst of pain and despair. I found the details of the rock star lifestyle very telling and think this audio/book should be required listening/reading for all wannabes. Ray Porter the narrator is brilliant for the audiobook as he gets everything right, and made me forget that I was listening to a narrator instead of the author himself.
I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys memoirs or biographies and obviously for any Creed fans out there.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for this copy.
(Posted on 10/31/2012)
- good narration, poor theology in content Review by JE
This title is a memoir by the lead singer of Creed, as an autobiography. Stapp confesses to being a Christian in a Rock & Roll band, with the intention that Creed was not a Christian band. It provided an excuse for his sinful behavior, he reflects. Stapp initially believed in no grey areas of life. There is right, there is wrong. There is G-d, there is evil. Do right, love G-d. Do wrong, love the devil. Then he felt there was more to it – a Gospel of Love. While there is truth to this, Stapp took it to an extreme and used it to justify his lifestyle of sin. Further, the content he presents in his work indicates that he believes that during his entire “prodigal son” journey, he was still saved. Unconditional grace, inability to lose salvation, etc., make him an excellent mark for the improper doctrine of Calvinism.
Back to the book, though, Stapp uses his experiences to write about his journey in rock and roll, as well as his journey in his Christian life. Despite his sin, and loss of hope, Stapp returns to the faith with a book about his experience, in an effort to share what happened and reach to others. Apart from the incorrect theology, Stapp’s endeavor is a noble one.
Porter’s narration carries a self-inflective approach, carefully mimicking what Stapp’s own narration would have been, providing an authentic feel for the autobiography narration. Reading at a medium pace, listeners can keep up with Porter’s clear narration and imagine the scene as if it were real time. Porter’s narration is five stars, despite the author’s two stars, giving this audiobook a severe advantage over the print edition.
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(Posted on 10/25/2012)