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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.”
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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Never could I have imagined that behind the man responsible for some of my favourite song lyrics ever, was a world of hurt. In Sinner’s Creed, Scott Stapp shares the story of his life. A story filled with rejection, depression, betrayal and addiction – but also a story about the grace of God, the gift of redemption and the joys of unconditional love.
Sinner’s Creed is a memoir you truly have to read for yourself, so I won’t say too much in the way of spoilers. Scott starts his tale as a young boy with an absentee father, soon introduced to the man who would become his stepfather. The injustices committed against Scott by a man who should have protected him and shaped him, caused me so much anger. It’s unthinkable how one man’s warped perception of God can damage others, especially children! Some of the things he said about God…
Scott had many bad experiences with so-called believers throughout his life. He was even unjustly punished for confessing a mistake he had made and for telling the truth. It’s truly terrifying how Christians can be responsible for sending other Christians running from the church. Having finally found a church where I feel welcome and at home, I have come to realise anew how important fellowship with other believers truly are. It’s a miracle that despite some of the things other believers have said and done, that Scott never gave up on loving God even though he ran away from the church. The loving God his grandfather told him about is the One he held onto and it saved his life – a great piece of advice for parents! The foundation you lay for your child CAN be strong enough to withstand the storms of life.
Scott furthermore shares stories of how he got screwed over (to my mind, at least) by everyone from his family, friends, his band members, his managers… it was quite disheartening at times to realise how much he had to go through and how unappreciated all his efforts were. Yet Scott never points fingers at others; he simply tells his story and shares how all of that led to feelings of abandonment and betrayal, which led to even bigger problems. Furthermore, Scott doesn’t pretend to be a blameless victim – he comes clean about his own mistakes and takes responsibility for his actions. The reader gets an inside look at the pressures of being the frontman of a successful rock band, and the pitfalls of fame and fortune.
What saddened me most is that Creed was labelled uncool because of the Christian imagery in their music. To me, this was the very thing that made them cool!
While Sinner’s Creed is a dark read at times, as it always does the light overpowers the dark. Ultimately it portrays how turning to God can save your life, and your spirit.
In his memoir, Stapp recalls his childhood and formative years with two fathers: one who left and one who controlled. Wanting so bad to be accepted and praised, Stapp worked hard at school, sports, and church. Yet, he felt that performance was the only way to be accepted.
Enter rock and roll.
Stapp found an outlet for his frustrations and anger. The lyrics and music reached into a part of his soul, a dark part that he wished were not there. As the music spoke to Stapp, he wanted so much to express himself that he formed a band. That band would later come to be known as Creed.
Working hard, touring, and performing, eventually brought about what Stapp wanted: acceptance. However, he realized that his acceptance was based on his performance yet again. Struggling with all the "benefits" that came with being the front man of a hugely successful band, Stapp started to cope with alcohol and drugs. These addictions led to an out-of-control person who tried, more than once, to end the pain; permanently.
Yet, through it all, Stapp continue to seek God. He desperately wanted to be free of his past, his fears...his demons. He struggled and struggled but soon he found grace from a God who Stapp thought had abandoned him. Still a "work in progress", Stapp's book is a breath of fresh air for those wanting to find acceptance and freedom from a performance-oriented life.
In Sinner's Creed, Scott shares his story for the first time—from his fundamentalist upbringing, the rise and fall of CREED, and his ongoing battle with addiction, the rediscovery of his faith, and the launch of his solo career. The result is a gripping memoir that is proof positive that God is always present in our lives, despite the colossal mess we sometimes make of them."
I am a big fan of Creed and always wanted to know the behind-the-scenes story with Scott. I loved reading his memoir of how he fell so far into sin and addiction as a Christian, but of course God was there all along and just waiting to redeem him as soon as he repented and asked. I enjoy reading books like this because it's a great reminder that we have a great Saviour who is willing to redeem literally anyone, just for the asking. There's never too low a point. Reading the behind the scenes story about Creed was also very entertaining. I loved this book and would recommend it to any fan of Creed and/or Scott Stapp.
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