A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms
By Kirk Franklin
(Gotham, Hardcover, 9781592405473)
Publication Date: May 18, 2010
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Seven-time Grammy award winning artist offers an inspiring blend of God and grit for building a fulfilling life
"The Blueprint is a transparent approach to talking about issues-from marriage to politics to sex and religion-and it's from my perspective. Not from a Princeton, mainline, protestant, evangelical or liberal viewpoint, but from a 2010 Christian moderate with swag."
Gospel artist Kirk Franklin's faith wasn't always as strong as it is today. His father abandoned his family; his mother constantly told Kirk that he was an unwanted child and left him to be adopted when he was four; his sister became a crack addict; he never saw a black man who was faithful in marriage. Despite his shaky foundation he found strength and success through his music and through God.
In The Blueprint, Franklin will explain how by communicating with life's architect, God, he learned to see hardships as necessary life propellants and moved on to become the bestselling gospel musician in recent history, as well as a devoted husband and loving father.
This is not a step program, it's a lifelong journey. With Franklin's guidance, you will:
-pursue your dreams without losing yourself in the chase
-do some lifescaping to eliminate the "weeds" that hold you back
-declare your life to be drama-free
-get past your fears, so you can live and love fully
-pass the baton to future generations by leading by example
It's time to take faith out of the church pews and into our everyday lives. With hope, devotion, and strength, The Blueprint offers a plan to help you move beyond hardships to create your own personal Blueprint for life.
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Kirk Franklin is the top gospel artist in Nielsen Soundscan history, selling more than twelve million albums and more than twenty #1 gospel hits. The host of his own BET talent search program, Sunday Best, he is the winner of seven Grammy awards, six NAACP awards, and many other honors. Also the author of the memoir, Church Boy: My Music & My Life, he lives in Texas with his wife, Tammy, and their four children.
Before he became a star, he endured a hard-knock youth: abandonment by his parents, struggles in school, teen parenthood and drug abuse. Now, heâ??s offering his life lessons for overcoming tragedies and setbacks in a book: The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms. More at NPR.org
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"One of the biggest superstars in gospel...Franklin revolutionized gospel with his hip, contemporary sound."
"Kirk Franklin is his genre's most consistently successful mainstream artists for the past fifteen years, thanks to his fusing of gospel messages with hip-hop and pop beats."
"Once again, Kirk Franklin takes the church beyond the traditional, transitioning his life's experiences into life lessons. Clearly there is more to this man than great music. You will feel the beat of his heart and faith."