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Sinner's Creed Hardcover – October 2, 2012

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The story of a small-town boy rocketing to fame only to lose it all in a flurry of drugs and alcohol is not a new one, especially in the world of rock ’n’ roll. Kudos then to Stapp, who, with the help of veteran music writer and biographer Ritz, makes his own story a compelling one. The former singer of the once hugely popular rock band Creed, Stapp is a devout Christian who was raised in a fundamentalist home ruled by an abusive stepfather. That background proved to be fertile ground for the creativity and complex relationship with faith that continues to define Stapp as a musician and songwriter to this day. His journey from musician on the rise to rock star spinning out of control is given depth when examined through the lens of his often less-than-perfect faith. Unfortunately, later chapters seem to lack that same close introspection, and readers may feel that Stapp glosses over certain events that could cast him in too critical a light. Nevertheless, those curious to discover what happened to the singer of a once ubiquitous band should be pleased with this offering. --Taina Lagodzinski

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“The story of my life is profoundly unclear. It is a rock-and-roll story and, at the same time, a story of my walk with Christ. The two are melded together in ways both unpredictable and unsure.”
―Scott Stapp

Sinner’s Creed is the uncensored memoir of Scott Stapp, Grammy Award–winning lead vocalist of the multiplatinum rock band Creed.

Throughout Creed’s decade of dominance, Scott struggled with the demons of his past―the internal battles that spilled over into his lyrics and eventually led him down a dark path of self-destruction and addiction, culminating with the disbanding of Creed in 2004.

In the years that followed the band’s breakup, Scott slipped deeper and deeper into depression and self-medication, behavior that resulted in a near-fatal twenty-foot free fall from a hotel balcony in November of 2006.

Now, clean, sober, and in the midst of a highly successful solo career―Scott has finally come full circle, a turnaround he credits to his renewed relationship with God and to his loving wife, Jaclyn.

In Sinner’s Creed, Scott exposes all his inner demons. The result is not only a gripping memoir but also a rare and candid look at the dark and often turbulent world of rock and roll. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414364563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414364568
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was stocking groceries at Winn-Dixie on the graveyard shift the first time I heard Creed. Because the store closed at midnight, the crew would alternate choosing the music to listen to. We would play it through the often crackling PA system. I was a Bible college student at the time in Knoxville, TN at the time and the crew knew what I believed and we had some good conversations about faith and music. One of the guys put on a new CD one night and said to me, "You'll probably like this one." He told me it was a new band, Creed, and the name of the album was My Own Prison. He was right, I did like it. I was blown away by the intensity of the lyrics and of course the amazing guitar riffs. Not long after that, everyone knew who Creed was.
I love a good rock and roll story. I also love to hear of people's journeys of faith. Sinner's Creed, by Creed lead singer and lyricist Scott Stapp, is both. It is an intimate look into the Stapp childhood home and a backstage pass to the story of Creed. It is a memoir paved with love and pain, disappointment and success, faith and doubt.
Stapp recounts with brutal honesty his father's abandonment of the family and the joy he felt when his mother remarries and his step-father fills in the gap and makes him feel special and loved. But when his step father turns abusive, both physically and spiritually, he was disillusioned. Scott was introduced to rock and roll during this time which was forbidden in his home. At the same time, he was comforted and inspired by the lyrics of King David in the Psalms. Rock and roll would be the best thing that ever happened to him....and the worst.
Creed was born at Florida State University in 1994 and by 1998 My Own Prison had launched them into the big time. Their follow up album, Human Clay, made them megastars.
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"Sinner's Creed" by Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed, is the memoir of a rock star; the memoir of a Christian. It opens with him falling in a drunken haze off of a balcony head first and cracking his skull. At first, I wasn't sure if he was bragging or confessing. He then starts off at the beginning of memory and goes through to today. He is adopted by his step-father who is quiet possibly insane and calls himself a Christian. With the amount of physical abuse Scott endures as a child, it leads to a lifetime of conflict between a punishing God of his father's and a loving God that is true. Though Creed is a rock band in every since of the word, this book is very spiritual and Christian. He wrote it with the help of David Ritz. It is very well written. He admits to some pretty personal stuff, yet doesn't let on that he is superior or using it as a crutch. He is rather matter-of-fact about it all. I tend to bore of celebrity autobiographies when the person becomes famous in the book. So it slowed quiet a bit when he became famous. That might just be me, though. It is a quick read; read it in a day. About 1/8 or more of it is lyrics, which is his main form of writing, so that makes sense. There are also pictures. I would think any Creed fan will love this book. Any Christian feeling the pull of love over rules, will like this book as well. I received this hard back for free from Tyndale Publishing.
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Way, WAY back in the day - like when they first broke big back in the day - I was a huge Creed fan."My Own Prison" was starting to blow up the charts right as I was transitioning from middle school to high school. I dug the sound, I dug the lyrics. But nothing really resonated with with me until I was I was on the brink of adulthood, about a year and a half after "Human Clay" dropped. At the risk of sounding cliche, they literally saved my life. I was in a really low place, completely suicidal (though nobody was the wiser) and the right song came at the right time; just completely broke me and made me realize that I needed help. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be here today. Granted, I grew disillusioned with Stapp after 2004 and beyond, amid the breakup and the rumors and the public spectacles he made of himself. But, regardless, when I found out that he was releasing a memoir (while at a show in Detroit back in May), I decided "Why not? The guy seems to have gotten his act together. And his lyrics saved me, kinda owe it to him to give this a whirl."

First off, easy peasy read, man. I ripped through Chris Jericho's first book in 5 hours, and Adam (Edge) Copeland's in about 4 (different professions, I know, but I don't read autobiographies/memoirs often). This took me about 3. His writing is concise, but without being so basic you feel like he's dumbing things down. I felt like maybe he could have said more, even though the story is far from over. But given that when the media wasn't actively parading his exploits he kept his private life and self very hidden, this was already a lot. I wans't too impressed with the fact that all his lyrics were included at the end. They just seemed like filler to me, especially when I'm already familiar with all of them.
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As a boy the author felt the need to protect his family. When his father had abandoned the family a new one became a replacement. A new name, a new life, a new age, and the world as he knew it had changed drastically. The years that followed, the trails, tribulations and victories would ultimately shape him into the man he is today.
Quite an exquisite and keeper volume also includes within its pages: How he and his fellow band members got together to form the band known as Creed, where their songs originated and also includes color photos and lyrics that make up their albums.

Honest, raw, revealing and spiritual, this book promises hope from the challenges of a difficult childhood. What an encouragement this book is to others! If you are a fan of Creed, or even if you are not as familiar this memoir is guaranteed to grab you as it did me and will keep you hanging on every word. This book may become a tool for reflection and encouragement long after the book is closed and put on the shelf. I was challenged in my faith about his journey and will highly recommend this well written book to others. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for my review.
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