Saturday, August 6, 2011
I Still Believe: A Book Review
How will we respond amidst life's hardest trials? How in the passing of a loved one do we turn our earthly sorrow into heavenly hope? How, when we have no strength to face another day, do we truly lean on the Lord, trust in the power of His word and see that all of His plans towards us are for our good?
Award-winning singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp wrestled with these questions and others from the depths of anguish and encountered a solace that has carried him far beyond easy answers. The testimony of Jeremy and his wife Melissa has touched and inspired thousands.
While that powerful account lies at the heart of I Still Believe, the book delves even further into Jeremy's life, illuminating:
*His humble Indiana childhood in a home filled with desperate faith and a reborn love for God
*His teenage struggles and a taken-by-surprise spiritual awakening
*The West Coast adventures that unveiled God's calling on his life
*His love for Melissa and the storybook hopes they shared
*How the doors opened for a worldwide music ministry to begin
*An unexpected friendship with Adrienne that would bring about healing, restoration and a new life together
*His heart for ministry and a burning desire to see the next generation become truly alive
Jeremy walked through fire and emerged on the other side - not only refined and restored, but also intently focused on proclaiming the reason for his hope.
It is a hope that you, too, will discover within these pages.
About The Author:
When you think of Jeremy Camp, the words, "shy" and "quiet" don't come to mind. Energetic? Yes. Passionate? Definitely. Straightforward? Absolutely. Camp's thoughtful lyrics and booming voice have earned him legions of fans and accolades including 22 No. 1 songs, five Dove Awards, four ASCAP Songwriter of the Year wins, Grammy nomination, and two American Music Award nominations.
Jeremy Camp is a renewed man. Over the course of six studio discs and one live album, this grown up pastor's kid shared his life with us. Through his songs we've seen the joy and the sorrow, his devotion to God, his fear of falling short and his certainty that Jesus is the answer to life's toughest questions. Even when Jeremy's message became painfully person when losing his first wife to cancer just months after their wedding, he boldly wore the mantle of comforter, soothing the pain of others by sharing his story, listening patiently to theirs, and providing them with songs that expressed what they were feeling when their grief left them unable to speak. It was that life-altering tragedy that inspired his early career.
Now, remarried with two young children with a third on the way and a home based in Nashville, Camp feels like he's starting fresh. "It's so new because I'm in such a different place," he says. "I'm 33 years old now, I've been doing this for a while and so much has happened since it began. At this point, I have a more clear-cut purpose and vision of what I'm meant to do. I'm more purposeful in what I'm sharing."
Camp penned his story that touch so many in his career as he shares how to discover hope and healing in the midst of life's deepest valleys in his book, I Still Believe, which is in stores September 2011.
First off, I have to say Jeremy Camp is one of my favorite musicians of late. His music has been a huge inspiration and encouragement to me. And I know many others that it has impacted as well. I have known a little of his story but after reading I Still Believe, I am amazed at what the Lord has done through Jeremy Camp. With raw honesty, sincerity, and strong boldness, you will be taken on a journey someone as young as Jeremy should not have needed to go on (the death of his first wife). But what a journey he has had since. You will cry, laugh, be encouraged and inspired as you read Jeremy's journey and I cannot wait to see what the Lord does in his life next.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase I Still Believe online directly at Jeremy Camp's official website
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Merge PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***