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November 3, 2013

SINNER'S CREED: A Memoir by Scott Stapp

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A Memoir
Scott Stapp
David Ritz

(Quote from back of book)
"This 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 meddled together in ways both unpredictable and unsure."
 -Scott Stapp

 Sinner's Creed
Tyndale House Publishers

(from Goodreads)
Sinner’s Creed is the uncensored memoir of Scott Stapp, Grammy Award-winning leader of the multiplatinum rock band CREED. Raised by an abusive stepfather, Scott was always aware of God's presence in his life, but it wasn't until years later, amid a life punctuated by sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll that Scott began to feel a need for God in his life.

During CREED’s decade of dominance and in the years following the band's breakup, Scott struggled with drugs and alcohol, which led not only to a divorce, but also to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 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 Jesus Christ.

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, to his re commitment to Christ 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.

SINNER'S CREED is the autobiography of Scott Stapp. He's the lead singer for the band that started in the 1990's.The rock and roll band that became big.    How many of us remember Creed?   They hooked up with a label that led them to fame and just as fast destroyed them., tour by tour. Scott became an alcoholic. Stapp decided to tell about his faith in God and the many bad and self destructive things he did after the success Creed. Scott was very honest in the story he told. Scott  lays on the line the rough and abusive childhood he had at the hands of his father.  and step-father.. It wasn't just abuse towards  Scott but everyone in the household. His father was a believer in God but to the extreme. He thought he could beat the good in and the bad out. Scott believed in God and his faith but his step-father made him fear God. Scott was always afraid he wouldn't please God. Scott attended a Christian college but was expelled for smoking pot. Scott finally ran away.  He didn't want to go back home so he lived on his own the best he could. He then went to Florida State College and with a  college friend, Creed was born. As with a lot of the bands that hit fame, the drugs, alcohol, lifestyle, and jealousy slowly take over. It often splits the band up and that is what happened with Creed. Despite his addiction to drugs and alcohol, being a single father to his son, and lead singer for Creed, Scott's redemption was in the horizon.He had remarried and had two more sons.  He also re-dedicated his life to God.  Stapp had God' grace and his forgiving wife helping him to get sober.  His wife stood by his side. His family means everything to him. So much can be accomplished when you have the Lord in your heart and you live by his love. If you remember Creed or if you are a rock and roll fan, pick up a copy and find out what sometimes happens to overnight rock and roll fame.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of SINNER'S CREED by Scott Stapp from Tyndale House Publishers for my unbiased view.
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Scott Stapp

 Scott Stapp is among the most successful artists of the modern rock era. As Creed's lead vocalist, he has sold over 35 million records, with 26 million sold in the United States alone. He has toured the world several times, selling out arenas and major stadiums. His song, "With Arms Wide Open" won a Grammy as Best Rock Song of 2000. One Rolling Stone writer has called Stapp "one of the most influential and boldest rock writer/performers of the past 25 years whose fans must be counted in the legions." In 2000, Stapp founded the With Arms Wide Open Foundation, a charity organization dedicated to "promoting healthy, loving relationships between children and their families." In early 2010, Stapp flew to Haiti to help the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.His first solo album, The Great Divide, has already been certified Double Platinum (2 million+ sales), and he is in the process of recording a second album, due out in 2012. Scott lives in Florida with his wife Jacyln (Miss New York USA of 2004 and Mrs. Florida America of 2008), and their three young children.

Scott Stapp

 “I confess that I'm a sinner. Just like my old man. In word and in deed I enjoy my sin. In word and in deed my sin enjoys me. There is no one to blame. No one but me. Sin is my nature. I sin instinctually. Sin mimics the gates of paradise. Sin beats me to the floor. Sin is the dark shadow that no one can ignore. Sin screams "What's yours I want". Sin screams. "What's mine I'll keep." Sin is forever knocking, beating at the iron door. Don't even open it for an instant. Sin always wants more. Sin forever stole the key. But you're not locked out forever. In this sinner's Garden of Eden where sin pretends to be a treasure. Sin wants to make you bleed. Sin cuts down every giver. Sin cuts every hand. Sin wants total control. Sin wants to command. Sin just wants to kill you. And yes, for you the bell tolls. So death came before life entered. In death sin was conceived. Sin will linger forever Blameless, it's part of you and me. But there's a silver lining to sin's story. And the silver lining is this-When I was out chasing sin. The truth was out chasing me and when it finally caught me. That truth set me free. Now I've shared it all. Perhaps I've shared too much. But in this you must believe. The only truth I have left is this, my Sinner's Creed.”
Scott Stapp, Sinner's Creed

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