- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Howard Books (October 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476759472
- ISBN-13: 978-1476759470
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"When I first found Jennifer's music in the mid-nineties, I was struck by how adept she was at unearthing the tensions of the human condition through her songs. With her writing, she has ventured to the most vulnerable of places to offer us the story of a girl, once broken, in the throes of becoming whole." (Dan Haseltine, lead singer for Jars of Clay)
“Jennifer Knapp’s lyrics come alive in the pages of Facing the Music, a vivid account of Knapp’s journey to embrace herself, her faith, and her capacity for love. Neither a confession nor an apology, Facing the Music is a hard-won declaration that faith and love transcend our theologies of exclusion. In this deeply personal memoir, Jennifer Knapp offers hope to individuals struggling to overcome the rejection, shame,and insecurities so often experienced by LGBTQ Christians.” (Alison Amyx, senior editor of Believe Out Loud)
“Facing the Music is a fascinating read on so many levels. Knapp is brutally honest about herself, about what she experienced, and what was happening in her head and her heart as she grew in her relationship with music, Christianity, and her sexual orientation. It pulls back the curtain on the Christian music industry to look at the business behind the worship and the squeaky clean image. It’s a story that many of us will be able to relate to, in our own way, and readers of Facing the Music will find not only Knapp’s story, but their own as well.” (Ross Murray, director of news for GLAAD)
About the Author
Jennifer Knapp is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter who got her star in Christian Contemporary Music (CCM). Knapp exited CCM in 2002 at the height of her professional music career and seemed to disappear. On her return in 2010, she publicly confirmed that she was gay. Today, she performs and tours extensively and actively engages in advocacy work alongside religious communities and leaders that seek to create an open and affirming spiritual home for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of faith.
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Jennifer tells us a story not unlike many of our own stories. From her dysfunctional childhood and college years, her love of music, and even her conversion and subsequent career in CCM. She tells how her career blooms at the urging of other well meaning Christian people who inform her budding faith through their eyes and expectations of what a "good Christian" does. While our lives may not mimic hers, the similarities are there. Other well-meaning people tell us what we are to do in order to be in God's graces. There are established mores we as Christians are taught from birth and one is homosexuality is a sin and will send you to hell.....despite scientific evidence that homosexuality is a born trait, not a "lifestyle choice. When Jennifer realized in her thirties that she was gay, if course she was terrified to admit it first to herself, then to anyone. Life as a CCM artist became a nightmare eventually causing her to leave the world of Christian music and disappear from the world for nearly a decade.
Jennifer's self-imposed exile saved her live and eventually she returned to music and came out as a person of faith who happens to be gay. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially Christian people rooted in the belief that gay and Christian are mutually exclusive. A great read.
Press on my friend and thank you for sharing your story!