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Jennifer Knapp’s meteoric rise in the Christian music industry ended abruptly when she walked away and came out publicly as a lesbian. This is her story—of coming to Christ, of building a career, of admitting who she is, and of how her faith remained strong through it all. At the top of her career in the Christian music industry, Jennifer Knapp quit. A few years later, she Jennifer Knapp’s meteoric rise in the Christian music industry ended abruptly when she walked away and came out publicly as a lesbian. This is her story—of coming to Christ, of building a career, of admitting who she is, and of how her faith remained strong through it all. At the top of her career in the Christian music industry, Jennifer Knapp quit. A few years later, she publicly revealed she is gay. A media frenzy ensued, and many of her former fans were angry with what they saw as turning her back on God. But through it all, she held on to the truth that had guided her from the beginning. In this memoir, she finally tells her story: of her troubled childhood, the love of music that pulled her through, her dramatic conversion to Christianity, her rise to stardom, her abrupt departure from Christian Contemporary Music, her years of trying to come to terms with her sexual orientation, and her return to music and Nashville in 2010, when she came out publicly for the first time. She also talks about the importance of her faith, and despite the many who claim she can no longer call herself a believer, she maintains that she is both gay and a Christian. Now an advocate for LGBT issues in the church, Jennifer has witnessed heartbreaking struggles as churches wrestle with issues of homosexuality and faith. This engrossing, inspiring memoir will help people understand her story and to believe in their own stories, whatever they may be.


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Jennifer Knapp’s meteoric rise in the Christian music industry ended abruptly when she walked away and came out publicly as a lesbian. This is her story—of coming to Christ, of building a career, of admitting who she is, and of how her faith remained strong through it all. At the top of her career in the Christian music industry, Jennifer Knapp quit. A few years later, she Jennifer Knapp’s meteoric rise in the Christian music industry ended abruptly when she walked away and came out publicly as a lesbian. This is her story—of coming to Christ, of building a career, of admitting who she is, and of how her faith remained strong through it all. At the top of her career in the Christian music industry, Jennifer Knapp quit. A few years later, she publicly revealed she is gay. A media frenzy ensued, and many of her former fans were angry with what they saw as turning her back on God. But through it all, she held on to the truth that had guided her from the beginning. In this memoir, she finally tells her story: of her troubled childhood, the love of music that pulled her through, her dramatic conversion to Christianity, her rise to stardom, her abrupt departure from Christian Contemporary Music, her years of trying to come to terms with her sexual orientation, and her return to music and Nashville in 2010, when she came out publicly for the first time. She also talks about the importance of her faith, and despite the many who claim she can no longer call herself a believer, she maintains that she is both gay and a Christian. Now an advocate for LGBT issues in the church, Jennifer has witnessed heartbreaking struggles as churches wrestle with issues of homosexuality and faith. This engrossing, inspiring memoir will help people understand her story and to believe in their own stories, whatever they may be.

30 review for Facing the Music: My Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Moore

    The book started off slow, but once I got immersed in Knapp's life, I started to enjoy it a lot more. I enjoyed learning about her struggles with faith, the church, and the christian music industry. It is through struggle, we grow closer to God. I resonated her with with this paragraph: "When I am set free, when I am myself, the truth of it shows up in my music. There have been times when I wish I could hide it, but I've never been able to. The passions of my heart have always spun themselves int The book started off slow, but once I got immersed in Knapp's life, I started to enjoy it a lot more. I enjoyed learning about her struggles with faith, the church, and the christian music industry. It is through struggle, we grow closer to God. I resonated her with with this paragraph: "When I am set free, when I am myself, the truth of it shows up in my music. There have been times when I wish I could hide it, but I've never been able to. The passions of my heart have always spun themselves into the fabric of the music. The God I see, the God that captures my amazement and imagination, always show up. The God I doubt, the God I fear, heckles me and dares me to reach for a light in the darkness. The people I love, the person I am, has flowered most in the fertile soil of truth." I resonated because I have felt the same through my gift of writing. God has always showed up and taught me the things I needed to learn even time I write. I grow closer to God and see him in a more magnificent way. Even though I don't agree with her views on homosexuality, it helped me to see the LBGT community in a new way. It helped me to see the judgement they have felt from the church. It is my job to love them, not to judge them, and to let God speak truth into their hearts. Thank you, Jennifer, for writing this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Unapologetic - In all the best ways. In Facing the Music, former contemporary christian music star Jennifer Knapp tells her story, from her earliest memories growing up as a twin in rural Kansas through college into her public years as a turn-of-the-Millenium CCM star to her retreat from that life and its special hell of a rat race and ending with her triumphant yet messy return. And through it all, she maintains her honesty and integrity. Utterly captivating and soulful, just like her music. An Unapologetic - In all the best ways. In Facing the Music, former contemporary christian music star Jennifer Knapp tells her story, from her earliest memories growing up as a twin in rural Kansas through college into her public years as a turn-of-the-Millenium CCM star to her retreat from that life and its special hell of a rat race and ending with her triumphant yet messy return. And through it all, she maintains her honesty and integrity. Utterly captivating and soulful, just like her music. And in the end in particular, resonating very much with where this reviewer is himself right now. If you like memoirs generally, musician memoirs a bit more specifically, or were around the CCM scene at the turn of the Millenium in any capacity - or even just a generic Christian now- you'll want to read this book. Knapp has a very powerful message that we all need to hear.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Hudson

    A fellow Gorilla! I read this as part of an alumni book club for my alma mater, Pittsburg State University. We are reading books by fellow alum. I would’ve never chosen this book on my own, but it turned out to be a good read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ed Stuteville

    A very timely and fulfilling book. As a formerly fundamental Christian, I know the struggles I had with being an LGBTQ ally. Whenever I spoke in defense of my fellow citizens who identify as LGBTQ I was very often criticized --sometimes very vocally so, by people telling me both that homosexuality is a sin and that you cannot be Gay AND Christian. I had no clue how very debilitating it must be for the actual LGBTQ persons. Then came this book from Jennifer Knapp and suddenly it's clear that the c A very timely and fulfilling book. As a formerly fundamental Christian, I know the struggles I had with being an LGBTQ ally. Whenever I spoke in defense of my fellow citizens who identify as LGBTQ I was very often criticized --sometimes very vocally so, by people telling me both that homosexuality is a sin and that you cannot be Gay AND Christian. I had no clue how very debilitating it must be for the actual LGBTQ persons. Then came this book from Jennifer Knapp and suddenly it's clear that the common non-lgbtq person, let alone Christians, have no idea what humanity has done to this group of other humans. Jennifer tells us a story not unlike many of our own stories. From her dysfunctional childhood and college years, her love of music, and even her conversion and subsequent career in CCM. She tells how her career blooms at the urging of other well meaning Christian people who inform her budding faith through their eyes and expectations of what a "good Christian" does. While our lives may not mimic hers, the similarities are there. Other well-meaning people tell us what we are to do in order to be in God's graces. There are established mores we as Christians are taught from birth and one is homosexuality is a sin and will send you to hell.....despite scientific evidence that homosexuality is a born trait, not a "lifestyle choice. When Jennifer realized in her thirties that she was gay, if course she was terrified to admit it first to herself, then to anyone. Life as a CCM artist became a nightmare eventually causing her to leave the world of Christian music and disappear from the world for nearly a decade. Jennifer's self-imposed exile saved her live and eventually she returned to music and came out as a person of faith who happens to be gay. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially Christian people rooted in the belief that gay and Christian are mutually exclusive. A great read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandra J Goodwin

    Fantastic Book! Jennifer writes brilliantly, just as she does with her music. She tells the story of mAny of us who have struggled to find the harmony of our faith and sexuality. A great read for sure.

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