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The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms Hardcover – May 18, 2010

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1St Edition edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405473
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Loved it. Kirk give it to ya straight up. The book is more than a story,it's history,it's culture, it's a language study,it's confronting,it's truth to believe in and have hope for. It's a man exposing and sharing his heart as a gift to those that read and receive it.
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By WWS27 on February 7, 2015
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Excellent advice and wisdom from someone who's been there, to those who want sound answers!

As an avid, gospel music fan I've followed Kirk Franklin's music career, just about since the beginning. I've seen him evolve as an artist, explode as a notable, integral spiritual voice in the Christian community, and step up (in probably what he would consider the most meaningful way) as a husband, father and man.

Women reading and heeding the experiences and wisdoms shared by Kirk in this book should come away with an increased sense of how all men struggle, but how they can all come up, get out and triumph over negative belief systems that keep them from their greatest potential.

For women and men who want real answers, real truth and real steps to overcoming adversity, this guy is as real as they come! Get the book!!!
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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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I read this when it was new on the shelves. I "grew up" with Kirk Franklin music. I decided to give his book a shot. It was an okay read. There were parts that stuck out more about prejudice through his eyes that made me realize more about people. If I could take away more respect for a person then this book did him justice as he glorifies God through his ups and downs.
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Kirk Franklin is very transparent in the book. He describes his struggles, his mistakes and is honest about how and when he chose to deal with these issues. He talks about how God got his attention regularly and really relates to "regular" people. I haven't finished the book but I am journaling my own journey and struggles while I read it and I am also reading it to my thirteen year old daughter. We all struggle. We all make mistakes. That's when we reach out to God and that is when he can become great in our lives. This book will change your life. You will look at your trials differently and you will grow closer to God and desire and real relationship with Him. Kirk Franklin comes across as a real person, like he could be your neighbor and he reminds us that we are all nothing without Christ. He doesn't give glory to himself for his accomplishments, he gives all the glory to God, where it belongs.
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