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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: christianaudio.com
- Audible.com Release Date: May 3, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EB9BLC6
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UNASHAMED is a powerful story of God’s transformation, and at the same time offers firsthand insight into the realities faced by young, black men in the twenty-first century. Ultimately, Lecrae’s story is one of hope, will resonate with many readers who struggle for a taste of hope in their daily lives.
I also think this autobiography would be encouraging to anyone who has been changed by Christ, but still really struggle with sin (all of us).
What I also loved was the concept of- Christian is an excellent noun and a poor adjective. Meaning, Lecrae's calling to be an excellent rapper is not less holy than being a pastor. He (and all of us) should pursue the calling God has for us, and try to do it with excellence, while also maintaining our Christian conviction and conscience.
SO, where does the book start? Surprisingly in 2015! Lecrae provides the reader with insight into what it is like to be an outsider at the Grammy's. We are then taken back to his birth and childhood. Think that being a father is not important? Read how much frustration and anger Lecrae experienced over his dad leaving him and his mom, and not ever having a dad to love and guide him. His mom did her best but she couldn't fill that gap. Boyfriends and later a stepdad were not the role models he needed. Growing up in the hood, Lecrae needed to find his place. Was he gangsta (gangster) material? No! How about a pimp or a hustler? Athlete or just an OJ (Ordinary Joker)? What choices!
Influenced by hip hop early on in his life, Lecrae soon discovered that he was talented not only by being able to sing rap but also able to write it. Although his status rose he was "still crying out for attention, nourishment, and love". The words, "Your daddy had you, and he left you" were not uncommon and these words sliced through him, constantly reopening the wounds of abandonment. Alas he was also sexualized at an early age thus warping his view of women and the original plan God created sex for.
Given many opportunities to succeed (college etc.), Lecrae found himself embroiled in a life of drugs and sex. Nothing satisfied. He was still coming up empty.
"For the first time in my life, I felt a sense of purpose and identity." What happened? Would it last?
How was Reach Records formed? Who was Lecrae's roommate at that time? Where does Rehab come into his story? How did he meet his wife? Many of you probably want to know WHY Lecrae changed his music from being very Christian/church oriented to being more mainstream. It's all in this book! Critics don't "know the whole story. Critics almost never do." "Critics always have a lot of fury. But they rarely have a lot of facts." Find out the truth by reading this book. You will also enjoy some photos at the end of Lecrae from babyhood up to the modern day with his wife and family.
"..... success is not what I've done compared with what others have done. Success is what I've done compared with what God has called me to do."
This is one of the BEST autobiographies I have read in a LONG time. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
I gave it five stars because it crossed barriers and spoke to the heart. I would recommend this to anyone on a journey to self discovery. I am a Christian and it caused me to ask what is my biblical worldview?