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“Lecrae’s story is as real as it gets. The rawness, pain, and brutal honesty make it a tremendously gripping read, but the sheer beauty of his journey to redemption makes it something you’ll want to share with others, and I certainly hope you will. This book will change lives.”

Eric Metaxas, New York Times Bestselling author of Bonhoeffer and Miracles

"Knowing Lecrae's unique story and gifts, this book has been a long time coming and is essential to not only those interested in his music and hip-hop, but also those wanting to better understand the intersection between faith and culture and what it looks like to be in the world but not of it.”

Matt Chandler, lead Pastor of The Village Church, President of the Acts 29, author of The Mingling of Souls

"This is an artistic coming-of-age story with all the brokenness and beauty of our American reality and our Christian hope. It's not just the story of how a boy became a man, or how a lost soul found faith, but how an artist found his voice. There's so much here for those who care about the intersection of deep faith with great art. Lecrae is showing the rest of us how it is done."

Andy Crouch, executive editor, Christianity Today, author of Culture Making

"If you love beautiful music, powerful stories, or the Lord Jesus Christ, you will not be able to put this book down. Lecrae doesn't hold back in Unashamed; there is no "Christian-ese" or posturing in this memoir. Instead, he takes the reader through his grace-filled journey from abandonment to community, from brokenness to wholeness, from a life lost in the world to one found in the arms of God. This must-read book is for hip-hop heads and believers, artists and seekers, and anyone who wants to know more about one of the most compelling artists of our time. I expect that millions of people will read this book, discover more about Lecrae, and be inspired to walk with Jesus themselves, unashamed."

Joshua DuBois, spiritual advisor to President Obama, author of The President's Devotional, and founder of Values Partnerships

"Historically, hip-hop has been used to express sexuality, frustration, materialism, and even violence. But this is the amazing story of how one brilliant young artist, my friend Lecrae, transformed a powerful music style into a tool for sharing God’s love, fulfilling God’s purposes, and glorifying God’s name.
I love and respect Lecrae because of his authenticity and his courage. His raw lyrics are snapshots from his own heart and God has used his honesty to reach audiences who’d never listen to so-called 'church' music. In order to be what God wants him to be, Lecrae has been willing to push limits and break through boundaries. He’s a modern-day prophet, purpose-driven rather than popularity-driven, or prosperity-driven.
You’ve heard his music; now you can learn about his life’s experiences that made Lecrae the great Christian artist and leader he is today. I promise you, regardless of the kind of music you listen to, you’ll love this book."
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and The Hope You Need

"From extreme humble beginnings to what many would describe as a dream platform, Lecrae puts his journey in perspective. He recognizes all too well the identity crisis and this generation’s need to be unashamed of the gospel. I recommend this book for whomever is interested in seeing how God is authoring the journey of a fatherless generation in need of the navigator."

Eric Mason, lead pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, author of Unleashed

"Honest. Rare. Freeing. Lecrae is one of the most talented people I know. His story will leave you inspired and challenged. Unashamed reminds us just how powerful the Gospel is. Jesus turns our scars into our stories. This is a story you will want to read!"

Louie Giglio, Passion City Church / Passion Conferences, author of The Comeback

"Lecrae has never fit in any boxes, and in this book he once again breaks the mold to create an identity all his own—the hip hop artist as worldview thinker. The book starts by relating the emotionally turbulent, completely absorbing story of his life, and ends by presenting his innovative thoughts on a Christian worldview approach to hip hop. Lecrae continues to be a delightfully unpredictable anomaly."

Nancy Pearcey, author, Total Truth and Finding Truth

"It's a rare privilege to see a prophetic story unfold before your very eyes. When it does, you pay attention. Lecrae's Unashamed gives us the raw account of a rare leader stirred by the heart of God to shape culture by creating it."

Gabe Lyons, Q, author of Good Faith

About the Author

Lecrae is a Grammy award winning hip-hop artist whose 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Lecrae has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, including a win in 2013 for Best Gospel Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015, as well as won seven Dove Awards, secured one Billboard Music Award nomination, won two Soul Train Music Awards and a BET Hip Hop Awards nomination. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (May 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143368912X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433689123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In UNASHAMED, his first book, rapper Lecrae offers his testimony, the story of God’s transformation in his own life. A deftly written memoir that narrates his story in a matter-of-fact tone, Lecrae doesn’t hype up parts of his story, nor does he undersell himself. As an example, consider the opening chapter, in which he tells the somewhat awkward story of the 2015 Grammy Awards. He is there to be honored, but is largely ignored by the other artists and event attendants. He tells this story as an example of a central theme of his life: “I didn’t fit in.” As the son of a single mother, he experiences many of challenges of the urban world – drugs, sex, violence – and yet he is driven to succeed and ultimately does not allow these things to own him.

UNASHAMED is a powerful story of God’s transformation, and at the same time offers firsthand insight into the realities faced by young, black men in the twenty-first century. Ultimately, Lecrae’s story is one of hope, will resonate with many readers who struggle for a taste of hope in their daily lives.
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I first heard about Lecrae when he was mentioned by John Piper and blogger Tim Challies several years ago. He is one of my favorite artists, and I have seen him in concert three times. I was very excited about his first book which has a theme of him being an outsider, never fitting in. He is an introvert, and writes about a life-long struggle for acceptance, and a lot about identity and calling as well.
The autobiography starts with the 2014 Grammy’s, where Lecrae was a nominee, but still an outsider on the red carpet and at the Grammy parties. As a “Gospel” or “Christian” rapper, he wasn’t respected. He is an unashamed believer, but doesn’t like the “Christian” or “Gospel” tag added to what he does.
He doesn’t fit in the music industry today and writes that he never has. In fact, he states that as Christians, we don’t fit in, whether it is at work, in our neighborhood, etc.
Lecrae’s Mom got pregnant with him and married Lecrae’s father, who had anger and addiction problems. She would raise Lecrae on her own. This led to pain and anger for Lecrae as he longed for his father, thinking that he must not be worthy of his love. Uncles and cousins filled some of the gap, but it was hip-hop that he turned to. Rappers became his heroes.
At age six, he began being sexually abused by his seventeen year old female babysitter. That led to a pattern of being sexually active. He went through sexual, physical (from his mother’s boyfriend) and verbal abuse.
His grandmother “Big Momma” (to whom the book is dedicated) was a good influence and took him to church. On the other hand, his uncle Chris a bad influence, introducing him to guns, gangs and trouble. Growing up, Lecrae lived in Houston, San Diego, Denver and Dallas.
Lecrae smoked weed, stole, drank and was a hoodlum.
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Bottom line of this book for me was that I found it immensely relatable.

I didn't grow up in the 'hood life' like Lecrae but have suffered various sexual and physical abuse. It's a daily battle and a struggle I didn't even know I had seeking out men's approval.

Anyway, I've seen the fake Christian life and how unhelpful it was for my life but deep in my heart I knew there was more to God than what was being offered at my hypocritical neighborhood church. My life changed when I was older and my relationship with Christ became a real one and I've been a work in progress ever since; finally experiencing true peace only his presence brings.

I also work in the film industry and in the art world and understand that fitting in but not.
Lecrae was honest and straight forward about everything he speaks about and of course, how ultimately God pulls us back to him regardless of what we're getting ourselves into and we either listen or we don't and reap the consequences.

I'm glad he pointed out what religiousness looked like by what he sought after himself thinking it was what Christian meant to be. I've wanted someone in media to point this out since I was about 13 because you see the absurdness of it.

Fantastic work. Honest and true.
Thank you Lecrae for being open and listening to God as he leads.
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For those familiar and even unfamiliar with his music this is a must read! I have always been inspired and challenged by his lyrics, but this book elevates those feelings to a completely different level. A powerful and moving read from start to finish, something to help open your eyes to the world around you. Christian or not this book leaves you with a definite hope that something greater is just around the corner.
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Lecrae shares his intimate moments of life in a way that I wish all people felt the freedom to share. If he's holding anything back, it would be hard to notice. Imagine if we didn't feel the need to pretend to be more than we are...

I don't have the same testimony as my brother, but I can walk closer with brothers and sisters who have a similar testimony to his and encourage them to find freedom from the shame our broken world has placed on them while reminding them the guilt has been paid in full.

It's also a great reminder of the hope we all have in spite of our history.

Thanks brother, the harvest is plentiful.
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