Sinner's Creed Book Review from Suite101.com
A review of Creed frontman Scott Stapp's newest book "Sinner's Creed," a vivid account of the hardships in his life, including his addictions and struggles.
Scott Stapp’s memoir Sinner’s Creed, co-written with David Ritz, is expected to be released on October 2, 2012, via Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. It chronicles the Creed frontman’s life from his birth until the present. According to the book, the title is a reference to his Christian faith being challenged by several periods of separation in his life.
Although Stapp has sold over thirty-five million albums as part of Creed and garnered a Grammy award for penning “With Arms Wide Open” with fellow band member and guitarist Mark Tremonti, Stapp’s life has been far from glamorous. He grew up with an abusive stepfather who treated him and his mother harshly and would not allow any GPA less than 3.7 for Stapp, even though he attained a 3.5.
In this memoir, Stapp also opens up about his struggles with fame, his addictions to several pernicious drugs, his drinking habits, his life-threatening suicide attempts and his ex-spouse Hillaree, who gave birth to his first son Jagger. He also talks about his supportive wife and mother of his two children (Milan and Daniel), Jaclyn, who saved him from self-destruction by convincing him to go to the Betty Ford Center to get needed his much-needed help.
Stapp also noted that his second son Daniel Isaam brought a lot of joy into their lives and his name has a biblical significance.
Particularly impressive about this book is that he clarifies Creed’s Vh1: Behind the Music episode where the producers focused primarily on Stapp’s life rather than the band as a whole, thus making the public perceive Creed as a Christian group with Stapp as their rebellious leader; however, Stapp wanted it to be about the music rather than himself, which is why he turned down an opportunity to be featured solo on the Rolling Stone Magazine cover and was featured with the band instead.
In summation, Scott Stapp’s Sinner's Creed is an honest account of a man who was able to see the highest highs in the music business yet suffer from the darkest demons in his personal life. It is well-written, authentic, raw, hearbreaking and uncensored. It showcases his love for God, his wife and children, as well as rock and roll. By the end, readers will be in disbelief of all of the trials and tribulations that Stapp went through in his life even though Creed was one of the best-selling groups of the past decade and they will feel a sense of compassion for Stapp.
Throughout the duration of this emotional book, all 190 pages, Stapp rips his heart out and allows his reading audience to hold it in their hands.
This memoir garners a solid “A” rating and is recommended for any fans of rock music and Creed, or anybody interested in reading a story about a man who was able to find redemption thanks to the love and support of his family and his faith in God.
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