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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Presumed 1st as edition not stated edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582297002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582297002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this inspiring memoir, Grammy- and Dove Award–winning singer Patty recounts her rise in Christian music, her devastating fall from grace and the long road back to God. In the early 1990s, Patty separated from her husband and began an extramarital affair with a back-up singer who was also married. Patty repeatedly covered up the affair and lied about it before confessing to her pastor and other church members, and asking forgiveness from those she had wronged. She doesn't make excuses for her behavior; although she discusses some of the emotional "baggage" she carried (including childhood sexual abuse by a trusted babysitter), she knows that her actions weren't in keeping with Christian teachings or her family's trust. Refreshingly, she offers no titillating details about the affair itself or about the pain in her marriage that led to the initial separation. Now married to the singer she fell in love with, Patty is the mother to eight children in a yours-mine-and-ours blended family and devotes a fair portion of the book to describing their new life. Although the writing style is a bit gushy and the account could have used better editing (the titular story about Patty crying in the back row of a church is repeated twice in full), this memoir is a powerful testimony to the joy of forgiveness. (Feb. 15)
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About the Author

Sandi Patty is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history with thirty-nine Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards, and four Billboard Music Awards. Her twenty-four albums have sold more than eleven million units including three platinum and five gold recordings. In 2004 Sandi was inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame and in 2005 she penned her autobiography Broken on the Back Row. She has regularly appeared on network TV including The Tonight Show, Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, CNN, and Entertainment Tonight.

More About the Author

As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy® awards, four Billboard® Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and eleven million units sold, Sandi Patty is simply known as The Voice. Sandi is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history. With thirty-nine Dove® Awards, she was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and as an Indiana Living Legend in 2007. In addition to her prolific musical career, Sandi is also an accomplished author of seven books. For the bestseller Broken on the Back Row, Sandi received the 2006 Silver Angel Award. Her other titles include Life in the Blender and The Edge of the Divine. Her down-to-earth style has endeared her to Women of Faith® audiences. Sandi and her family reside in Oklahoma City, OK.

Customer Reviews

God is a forgiving God and he restores!
Sonia Jamieson
I love Sandi Patty and recommend this book for anyone on the back row of life.
M. Lynn Randall
I just read the book after seeing her amazing rendition of O Holy Night.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Something like ten years ago a talented and popular recording artist made a confession that rocked the Christian world, destroyed a marriage and nearly ruined a career.

Christian recording artist Sandi Patty, at the time known as Sandi Patti, a spelling error of her last name that stayed with her for several years, was at the peak of her career: Grammy Award winner, recipient of multiple Dove Awards, even the Female Vocalist of the Year in 1984, frequent guest on the Johnny Carson show, a guest at the White House, wife and mother of four, the world was Sandi's oyster.

But behind the scenes, in her private life, everything was falling apart and she seemed incapable of stopping it, and through it all she made some very bad choices. An extra-marital affair and then lying to cover it up just about drove her over the edge. When she comes face-to-face with God and realizes that she has to set things straight, she begins a long and painful journey to Grace and Forgiveness.

If' you're looking for titillating details and salacious tidbits, you'll be disappointed. You won't find them here. Instead you'll read an honest and soul-baring account written by a woman redeemed. You'll read of a life ridden with guilt, hurt, anger and fear, told openly yet private things are kept where they belong - private.

If you know Sandi's story, perhaps you can appreciate what it took for her to write this book. She holds back nothing, blames no one but herself for the poor choices she made. What happened in her life has forever scarred her career and her family. But God does forgive, and Sandi's story as presented here proves that our God is a God of second chances.

Broken on the Back Row, A Journey through Grace and Forgiveness with a forward by Max Lucado, is a very personal yet open book of confession, forgiveness and redemption.

Peggy Phifer ©2005
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Richelle Lambert on February 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Being a long time fan of Sandi's who was eager to read the book, I have since read it twice. It is the heart of a dear woman who has failed in her marriage, in her relationship with God, and with her fans yet found herself broken at the foot of the cross ready to do whatever it took to find forgiveness and restitution for her poor choices. It is not a book of excuses or justification but a heart-felt story of hope and forgiveness and grace that is available to all of us. Sandi shares about her beginnings in the music industry and a little of her first marriage. She shares about the difficult years when she strayed from God and subsequently found her self divorced from her first husband, the subject of talk in the public eye for the affair she was in, and the damage it did on her family, her career, and ultimately her relationship with God. But the story does not end there. She continues and shares how she found herself back to God and the steps she took with her church and pastor to restore her relationship with God, her family, her church and her career. For anyone finding themself ever broken on their back row, you find comfort, encouragement, and hope as Sandi shares her private journey to restoration.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Serena Fields on December 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Even before I bought and read this book, I couldn't believe some of the harsh, bitter, judgemental and un-forgiving reviews that are posted about it. I presume that these reviewers are Christians like myself, so that makes it even more appalling. This is the story of a beautiful and very talented singer( who happens to be a Christian) and the good, bad and ugly of her life. Sandi gives us enough info about her choices and mistakes but avoids being a "tell-all" book full of lurid details. She takes full responsibility for her actions as well as the consequences she and her family must now live with. It is clear that she has dealt with these issues in the proper Biblical way, but she has also moved on with her life. Through God's mercy and grace, she now has a blessed marriage, beautiful children, as successful a career as ever, and a wonderfully happy life! We should be rejoicing with her and praising God for His favor, not condemning her!! The Bible says that Jesus will leave the other sheep in the fold and go after the one that strayed away, and that's exactly what this whole book is about. It should give any Christian hope beyond description! If Jesus can see fit to forgive and restore us, who are we to not do the same with each other? I am so sorry to see the intolerance and criticism rampant in the Christian community. It's just not right. So praise God for His mercy and enjoy a good read!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By RTH on February 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If the events surrounding Sandi's past were in any other genre of music, they would have long been forgotten and forgiven. But she was in the Christian music industry on a pedestal where her fans and the industry placed her. Her fall from grace caused her to be shunned from the very industry she help build, and from the very people who should have helped her find her way(and I am not talking getting her cd's played on the radio).
But God knew a way to find her, even on the back row in the balcony as He set up the events that would lead her to freedom,which is what this book stands for. It is obviously the only way she would be at the place she is in today: happy and appreciative of what she has, and willing to share her forgiven past because she knows who holds her future. Broken on the back row is for anyone who wants to be inspired to find peace no matter which row of life you are sitting. Shine on.
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