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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; First Edition edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405473
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklin is a musician and seven-time Grammy Award winner whose early life was anything but a blueprint for success. Yet succeed he did. Born to a teenage mom who didn't want him and to a father he never knew, he was adopted by his aunt. Franklin was introduced to Christianity early on, but his home environment was harsh and unloving. Given his history, this artist's future often seemed dismal, and yet Franklin tells his fans that God reached down and changed him, and slowly, but markedly, transformed his thinking and his lifestyle to one that followed a pattern of biblical manhood. Throughout the text, Franklin expounds upon faith, relationships, parenting, sex, and marriage, with a casual, energetic verve that will either win readers over or annoy those who find it disorganized and underedited. No doubt, Franklin's story is told to ennoble men and women of faith, but much of the content comes across as put together in piecemeal fashion. (May)
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"One of the biggest superstars in gospel...Franklin revolutionized gospel with his hip, contemporary sound."
-Jet

"Kirk Franklin is his genre's most consistently successful mainstream artists for the past fifteen years, thanks to his fusing of gospel messages with hip-hop and pop beats."
-USA Today

"Once again, Kirk Franklin takes the church beyond the traditional, transitioning his life's experiences into life lessons. Clearly there is more to this man than great music. You will feel the beat of his heart and faith."
-T.D. Jakes




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It was refreshing, honest, revealing, scripturally sound, and well written.
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A few things were just so blunt and honest that if felt like a slap in the face to me, a slap that i needed I'm sure.
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You will look at your trials differently and you will grow closer to God and desire and real relationship with Him.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nina Jones on May 22, 2010
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Kirk has an amazing way of connecting to his readers - no matter what walk of life, where you stand in your faith - whether you have faith - he is able to reach beyond the book to impact your life your heart. This book will have you laughing one moment and crying the next - it is truthful, honest, REAL! Run to go get this book - you will not regret it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carla Pittman on May 22, 2010
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I have read a lot of books, but this one hits every angle , issue for a lack of a better word. You must read it. kirk has you doing a lot of self evaluating. EXCELLENT READ!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Picart on September 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just finished Kirk's book last night. It was refreshing, honest, revealing, scripturally sound, and well written. I thought I was going to get the "all over the place" Kirk that you see at the concerts but it looks like he took on the real responsibility of delivering honest advice from his own perspective. Some books are "bookshelf" books and some books are "Goodwill" books. This is a "bookshelf" book.

I look forward to the next one.

R.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lena M. Willis on July 8, 2010
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My pastor often says that if the sermon doesn't make you change your life, then it wasn't a good sermon... well that was this book. It was like a sermon, Kirk Franklin-style, that was divinely purposed for me to read as I go through a very difficult time in my life. I finished with a renewed sense of hope, hope that was asleep, and the reminder of who takes care of me and why He does that was just what I needed.

The other chapters that gave blueprints of being the woman, or Eve, that God intended, and the PARENT! Oh my goodness, I am thankful for both of those chapters. I realize what I need to be to be at my best - all the time - not just when I feel like it. And if I can't, that's when I need to call on the Orchestrator of my life, because I'm not equipped to have all the answers all the time. That was refreshing! I don't have to know! Also, learning how to "say goodbye in order to say hello" - I can think of so many people to minister that to in my circle, because it was such a great ministry for me.

If Kirk reads this, I want to thank him for digging so deep into his soul to bless his readers with this gift that will continue to bless for years to come. It had to be difficult and I am grateful.

I recommend this book to anyone that is going through a storm and doesn't know how they are going to see it through or why they have to go through it in the first place.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By unknown on August 13, 2010
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Honestly, I am a fan of Kirk Franklin; however, the book was a "decent" read because there were a few times I found the book difficult to follow, such as:
1. The agitating slang and colloquialisms. (i.e. referring to Paul in the bible as "The boy Paul")
2. The title "The BluePrint", infers that there is a "process" that was not clearly displayed throughout the book.
3. The book was poorly written as if there was not a final edit before the product was released. Sentence structuring was poor, runons were constant, and points were initiated but not clarified.
4. The assumption was that the audience was African American. As an African American, I believe it should have been broader.

But, please, do not chastise my constructive criticism of the book. I did enjoy reading certain chapters and there was informative advice on faith, responsibility, and patience. I must admit that it takes a brave soul to be transparent and I believe he definitely has a testimony. I applaud his efforts. I would purchase the book so that you can formulate your own opinion. This is just my subjective view. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bank Of America Card on June 15, 2010
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Kirk is really transparent in this book drawing from his own life experiences as an adopted unwanted child as well as a christian father and husband. Whether your a single person going through the difficulties of a painful journey, Or whether your married and going through the frustrations as well as the bliss of married life, Or someone going through depression and hopelessness this book is for you. This book really has some insightful tips and advice for how to follow God's blueprint for life. I recommend this book to anyone who want to know how to get through the storms of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nmerrill44 on April 1, 2011
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This is great read, Kirk really opens up and just spills out a lot of his struggles in life. He puts everything out there straight forward no sugar coating here. A few things were just so blunt and honest that if felt like a slap in the face to me, a slap that i needed I'm sure. Great encouragement for anyone, weather you are struggling right now with something or just want some preparation for the next time a storm comes your way I definitely suggest this book.
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Format: Hardcover
This book should be required reading for teens/young adults ages 14 and up. Kirk tells the truth and breaks things down in a conversational style that keeps it real. Sometimes his use of slang and jokes made me roll my eyes, but I enjoyed his candor and transparency throughout the book. I especially appreciated his appeal the church body by demanding accountability, taking responsibility seriously, and not alienating people (the church has a tendency to alienate single people, even if they don't mean to. Kirk talks how church alienates men in particular). Here is an excerpt of one of the many things he said that I co-sign on:

"[People ask] 'If God is so good, why does he let bad things happen?'...If parents can understand that the motive behind 'no' is nothing but love and protection, why can't we understand the same thing with our heavenly Father. He is trying to make us more like Him. God is not as concerned about making us happy as making us His... Making us happy and feel good are by-products, not the foundation of anything we do. If we wait until we're happy, we'll never be motivated to do anything." (p. 199)

The tone of this book is vulnerable, witty, honest, and straight up. Even if his constant talking through songs annoys you, read this book. It's just like a conversation, it will make you think, and it may help you begin to examine some of your own issues of self-worth, abandonment, sexual immorality, and attitudes about the church. Well done!
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