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Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story Hardcover – July 3, 2007

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Welch starts his memoir with a bang: sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, and hitting bottom are all packed into his short prologue, launching the story of the rock star’s rise, fall, and subsequent conversion to Christianity. Unfortunately, Welch, the former lead guitarist of the hardcore metal band Korn, never quite gets back to the punchy, dramatic style that so vividly sets in motion what could be a fascinating read, but at times is more like a casual chronology of events—despite his willingness to curse and his rocker tone. The book’s first section is a catalogue of teenage rebellion (tormenting his brother, watching horror flicks, smoking pot), yet somehow lacks drama, and Welch can’t resist listing every single band he formed, played with, and left before finally making it with Korn. It’s not until Welch tells of a visionary experience —one that eventually leads him to Jesus—that this story gains momentum as a spiritual memoir. Fans of Noah Levine (Dharma Punx) may enjoy Welch’s hard-core tone, though be warned: Welch is now hard-core on Jesus, and he hopes this story "might save a lot of people from going down the roads of destruction that [he] traveled on."

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''Not your typical testimony account...[these] 240 pages of dark and often shocking details are immediately accessible and surprisingly engrossing. In the end, they are also inspiring.'' -- CCM Magazine

''A page-turning rock' n' roll journey . . . An inspirational tale.'' --Christianity Today

''Welch starts his memoir with a bang: sex, drugs, rock' n' roll, and hitting bottom.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Welch's memoir has enough meat to sate hungry Korn fans. More important, the book explains, without becoming preachy, how Welch gave up rock stardom for a Christian lifestyle.'' --Library Journal

''Welch starts his memoir with a bang: sex, drugs, rock' n' roll, and hitting bottom.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Welch's memoir has enough meat to sate hungry Korn fans. More important, the book explains, without becoming preachy, how Welch gave up rock stardom for a Christian lifestyle.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st Edition edition (July 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061251844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061251849
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I now understand why Head left the band. All this time, we had nothing to go on but what the media had to say, and a few interviews. They still left me feeling a little discouraged as to why one of my idols would just drop off the face of the planet. This book definitely puts Head's Korn experience into perspective. Although I'd like to see him reunite with the band, sober of course, this confirms it will never happen. The book becomes very hard to put down once you've started, especially since I'm a Korn fan. I recommend this book not only to Korn fans, but to people who want to see real life experiences that prove there is always something more out there.
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In Save Me from Myself, Brian Welch former rock lead guitarist of the band Korn shares so openly, humbly and completely honestly about his life, growing up in "Bako" (Bakersfield, CA), his family life and the living hell he experienced, to finding his way to a sane stable life, free of drug addiction, with his connection to Jesus Christ.

Brian is a real hero for the millions of fans of his former rock group. The teens who also feel isolated, hurt, misunderstood and angry can now (finally) learn the real truth about the downward spiral of drug addiction, and how they can turn it around to have a much happier life.

The book reads as if you're listening to a real, down-to-earth friend, who just tells it like it is. Brian isn't looking for glory here, he's sharing from his heart. By the courageous example he sets, this book should be a MUST READ for anyone who can relate to the life Brian used to have, and how to positively turn that around.
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I purchased this book for my 19 year old son but after meeting Brian at a book signing decided to read it for myself before sending it to my son. I could not put it down. I read the book cover to cover in a matter of hours. Brian has the sweetest spirit and writes from his heart. While he is honest about his choices he does not condemn or judge others. I also appreciated that he was modest in describing his former lifestyle and didn't get overly detailed or graphic. You get the picture without being grossed out with unnecessary detail. My only concern is that Christian fundamentalists will freak out when he challenges the effectiveness of organized religion in reaching souls for Christ, however, I completely AGREE with him that FIRST you get right with God by asking Jesus to come into your heart and life and save you from your(self) and your sins in order to have a right relationship with God. Church is part of learning and growing in fellowship and in understanding God's Word but it is NOT essential in saving grace. I loved this book and I am praying for the success of Brian's ministry. Furthermore, my 19 year old son, who is a heavy metal guitar player and a born again Christian, told me that he feels closer to God as a result of reading Brian's story. I believe it will also really be an inspiration to him as he navigates some of the trappings of the music industry. The world needs this man's perspective on Jesus and I am grateful to him for sharing his story.
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Head shows us an amazing story of how the power of a relationship with God can transform your life. Though I do not agree with all of his ideas, and I can tell his walk with God has been short so far, I enjoyed not only hearing about his step into faith, but his honest with where he is, how life with God is, and where he was. His story is one that mirrors many peoples story, and it shows how much the relationship with God can fill that addiction that we so desperately needed. That those addictions are in place of something that we know is missing. For myself it was porn. For Head it was Drugs.

The unfortunate part of the book is that you can tell that he is not a writer or a reader. At times he is confusing, as to what subject he is writing about, and he moves back and forth through his story without consistancy. I am not sure if that is his fault, or the fault of his editors who didn't seem to tighten up his writing to be more coherient at times.

Over all I was compelled by the book. I enjoyed the fact that he wasn't afraid to say things like they where, to say things like he felt, to use the words that he used at the time, and to be honest with his heart. There are many revealing things in this book. Many things I am not sure anyone would admit doing, and he does. I can feel the sorrow that is left in his heart for some of the terrible things he does. He makes no excuse, and he doesn't say "Oh it was the drugs" but "this is how far gone I was". That to me, is compelling and I read it all the way through.

The only last thing I would like to say is to those of you that may not know a relationship with God, is that it's a journey, and Head has just started that Journey.
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I will preface this review that it isn't the best writing in the world but I think Brian would admit that himself and if you're too critical of the writing then you are missing the point. This is an excellent portrayal of how a person can turn their life around through their faith in Christ. Head's experience makes the cliche true: If I can do it, anyone can! He had been through so much pain, suffering, drugs and excessive alcohol that it's amazing his body can still function. I believe this book was as therepeutic for him as it is for us readers. I look forward to see how many lives he can affect through his celebrity, talents and experiences.

My favorite line in the book, "He had a lot of hell to squeeze out of me, and belive me-when the hell leaves you, sometimes it screeams at God on the way out." Page 213. Very true words.
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