- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718030605
- ISBN-13: 978-0718030605
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 236 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to KoRn Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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About the Author
Brian “Head” Welch is the cofounder and lead guitarist of the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum metal band KoRn. He is also the bestselling author of the book Save Me from Myself. He lives in Nashville, TN.
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I binge read his first three books over a weekend and what emerged was a somewhat sad, albeit familiar, story of a boy who grew up angry and with poor self-esteem, and by hard work and a stroke of good fortune started his early adulthood with fame and wealth complete with all of the privileges and indulgences that accompany it. He was given the golden ticket only to find it took him to a place that was abysmally void. But, as he was to find out, that was the ride, not the destination. He told his story honestly, and at times allowed stabs of unresolved emotion to emerge above the surface, bearing evidence that this was not an autobiography told in full; this was the beginning.
WMEWO is what happened during the in between, the life he negotiated with his new found Faith. This is how he fought to be a good father, a successful entrepreneur, continue to engage his talent as a musician, and most of all, be a happy person, and how none of that came easy.
I was overjoyed to read about his journey back to KoRn, and the way he can look at his absence not as God taking him away, but as God preparing him to go back. It’s very touching to read the stories of him praying with fans alongside his band mate and brother through Christ, Fieldy. Of course ignorant fans would mock them; it can be overwhelming for those who don’t know to stand in the presence of the Lord.
I appreciate the candor he brings to this book, and that he has retained his humor. He shared some deeply personal stories about financial mishaps and near ruin. The challenges of being a single father to his daughter were heart wrenching, but I couldn’t help but find myself thinking how lucky she is to have a father who won’t give up on her, or their relationship.
His Faith is a driving force for him that he is eager and unashamed to share. Be you Christian or not, reading about his life so far, his ability to fall, to persevere, and to rise again, is admirable.
As for me, I have learned that Brian didn’t have one reason to walk away from a ‘rock star’ life...he had a million. And why he came back was backed by a force far greater than money, fame, and possessions. I love to see life come full circle.
This is the story of Brian's attempt to make a life for himself and his daughter post KoRn, and the attendant trials. At one point, the finances are so tight, they are reduced to eating cheese sandwiches. As one is reading along, it is pretty evident that, although Brian is now sober, he is making some very bad decisions. Fortunately, things eventually improve, and his faith never wavers. In fact, he has several spiritual experiences he calls "visitations".
Fortunately, Brian's faith remains strong because as his daughter Jeannea, enters her teens, he has to deal with her depression, fueled by Facebook addiction, and leading to self-harm and thoughts of suicide. He is devastated and attempts to get her help , ultimately placing her in
a special school. Fortunately, as the book ends, she remains in the school and is doing much better.
Four stars, because the details about all the various businesses that went awry were definitely tedious. That part of the book could have been much shorter. I would have loved to read a lot more about Brian's spirituality on an every day level, as well as the visitations.
I was a little surprised towards the end of the book when Brian admitted to drinking heavily at times more recently . Hopefully he will stay stopped. Alcohol may seem innocent by comparison to drugs, and many people can drink moderately without issues, but many cannot. Still, it's good to know we can fall, make mistakes and then begin again.