Un-ashamed

Un-ashamed

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Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned the lesson "if you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection" through more than his share of adversity--childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be a Christian in a secular age.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : B&H Publishing Group, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781433689123
143368912X
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 L4973L 2016
Characteristics: xi, 212 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Merritt, Jonathan
Alternative Title: Unashamed

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shawandakinsey
Jul 09, 2018

This is an amazing book. Lecrae is so honest and transparent about his experiences as a follower of Christ in the Hip Hop industry. He goes in-depth about his past and provides insight about his experiences in the music industry. Some points he discusses in the book that really inspired me are below:
• He talks about being an “outsider” and his feelings about not fitting in from childhood
and throughout adulthood.
• He talks about occupying this unique space between Hip Hop and Gospel music where
people don’t really know how to classify him.
• He goes into past experiences of drug abuse, sexual encounters, and other addictions
before coming to Christ and he acknowledges the core of these problems being linked
to an absentee father and child molestation.
• He talks about the joys of Coming to Christ and also the hurt of backsliding into old
behaviors; and maturing in his Christian walk to more than just behavior modification.
• He goes into the Christian and Hip Hop industries and what it is to be unashamed in
both spaces.
• Also talks about being a Black man in the Christian space and how caring for Black
issues ostracized him from many of his white Christian fan base.
• He goes over adopting a “Christian Worldview” and Christianity being a noun versus an
adjective.
I highly recommend this book; especially to anyone who often feels ostracized or counted out. Also this book is for anyone who is trying to navigate through life and find their place or God’s purpose for them.

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Justyn
Dec 22, 2017

I loved reading this primarily for his transparency. He conveyed what he wanted to say in very readable fashion too. While our stories our very different, his urban, mine suburban, I could relate on many levels. We are all longing for identity and affirmation and when we do that apart from Christ it doesn't go well for us. There's so many rich things I get from his testimony, but to be brief..... I love the point of being "unashamed of the gospel" ....we often say that with pride....like we are rooting for our most beloved sports team or something.....but when we say that we really need to say I am unashamed of the gospel because it's the power of God to pull me through. I'm weak, and I am just unashamed to admit that. Just a great point. He describes it better than I can say.

He shares his struggle between wanting to engage culture and be relevant to it and the demands the Christian industry/fans can place on him. He's right that we do need to engage the culture, not every one of his songs needs to represent the gospel. My concern is that he'll stop proclaiming Christ overtly in any of his songs. That has happened to other artist. We are called to redeem culture, we should be involved in several good non-church things in our culture, but we also at some point have to be about the gospel. It's just gonna come up. If I can offer any encouragement to Lecrae is that many of us believers share in that struggle too. It's a hard line to walk. A balancing act. But if we never proclaim Christ in small or big ways, the world will never know what we're about. Only that we are nice church going people at best.

Anyway this is a good read. I really enjoy Lecrae's music, so I it was neat to hear more about his life.

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ctucholke2
Jul 31, 2017

For anyone who has gone through Lecrae's music progression, this autobiography is enjoyable and gives insight to what has gone on in his life that has impacted his musical career.

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Mr. Moore had a hard life, and wants to share his story so it can help other people. I think this will speak to a lot of readers, especially young men. Also available as a digital audiobook through Hoopla.

ArapahoeMaryA Feb 08, 2017

A vulnerable account of his story and a powerful testimony of his faith.

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ChristyChilders
Jun 13, 2016

I didn’t know much about Lecrae before I read this memoir… I knew a few of his songs, and I saw him on Jimmy Fallon last year, that’s about it. But I’d heard that he had a really interesting story, so when I spotted his book I snatched it up. I started it right away and I couldn’t put it down – he DOES have a really interesting story, and he tells it with transparency and grace. I really loved it.

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franque
Jun 02, 2016

Not impressed for a few reasons. 1. For someone who writes for a living, the writing style of this book was generic & lacked style. 2. Lecrae seemed to be writing this book for a specific audience, namely a non -Christian, middle class, young one. The audience is not assumed to be very intelligent, mature, or able to go much beyond pop culture. This is fine however I think this book should be marketed as such. 3. There is some concerning theology that Lecrae is espousing & I hope his target audience can practice discernment while reading this book. The Bible (and why he chose to quote from 3 different translations is strange) talks about separating wheat from tares and how Jesus will throw the tares in the fires. Why doesn't Lecrae even acknowledge the evil in much music & how he avoids it. Why didn't the topic of Satan ruling music or the air come up? Why does he say God created the world as good but doesn't mention how Satan is the ruler of this world & that we are not to conform to it. Plus anytime someone says Rick Warren, the current king of apostasy, is their friend, I know this is not someone I should consider worthy of counsel in matters of faith or anything else. 4. There is just too much psychobabble in this book. I get the author had tough times but the words "trauma" and "authenticity" peppered this book worse than an episode of Oprah. In spite of such language it still seems Lecrae is living for others approval by embracing self-helpy lingo. Jesus is the only help we need according to some Christians. He's not coming to change industries & and society but one day destroy it. My hope is Lecrae stops walking down winding roads that open the doors of hell (p. 159) and looks to the straight path.

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actress18
Apr 19, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lecrae mentions he tried to commit suicide a few times and he mentions his girlfriend had an abortion

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actress18
Apr 19, 2017

Sexual Content: Child sexual abuse is recalled from his childhood and he mentions he slept w/a few women in his life and he ended up getting an STD from it,but they're all non-explict

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Other: Trigger warning - abortion.

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Sexual Content: Non-explicit reference to child sexual abuse.

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Violence: Child abuse.

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shawandakinsey
Jul 09, 2018

We fool ourselves into thinking that when we're "born again" we come out of the womb walking.
-- Lecrae

Moments of weakness are opportunities for God to show himself strong
-- Lecrae

God does not want to build barriers around the church; he wants to build bridges to the culture so the gospel can flood into it.
-- Lecrae

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actress18
May 02, 2017

"Moments of weakness are opportunities for God to show himself strong" ;- )
-Lecrae

ArapahoeMaryA Feb 08, 2017

...if you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection.
-- Lecrae

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ChristyChilders
Jun 13, 2016

"If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection."

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franque
Jun 02, 2016

"It was time to leave the religious ghetto and kick down hell's front door."

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