Proof of Life is a solo album by Creed's lead singer Scott Stapp. It sounds like he was liberated to write without criticism on this record to me. It comes off as very genuine.
As with any album, I have favorites. So, I'd like to make some recommendations. If you are a fan of the traditional Creed sound, you'll like the title track "Proof of Life". My personal favorite, however, was "What Would Love Do?"- it was expressive, soft, and unexpectedly wonderful. I also very much enjoyed the new approach on "Only One", it was beautiful and insightful.
Give those a listen and let me know what you think!
There is a lyric video available for "Slow Suicide" from the album. Watch it here:
I received this book and CD for free to review from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
I was very excited to be offered the opportunity to review these together. I've always felt music was a great companion to books and Proof of Life gives great insight into Scott Stapp's life and current outlook. I recommend both, whether you buy/read/listen to them separately or together.
Sinner's Creed was not at all what I expected it to be. I mean that in a wonderful way. I expected the story of a rock star's triumphs and mistakes, but it is so much more than that. If you love Creed, hate Creed or even if you've never heard the band before, this is worth your time to read. It's a tale of a boy's love for God, confusion at life, and continuing redemption.
I should mention that I'd add a trigger warning for talk of child abuse in his youth. I feel that his sharing will help him and ultimately others and I am glad it wasn't hidden from the book, but I do want you to know going in that it is hard to read. Scott suffered from abuse at the hands of someone he loved and was told that the violence was God's will. Of course, this is not true, and Scott does experience the true grace of his beliefs later on. His views were twisted and as you read the pages, you feel close to him. I certainly did.
His Cherokee grandfather had taught him of a loving God that expresses his love with the wind and the "paintings" (sunsets) in the sky. That grandfather contradicted the abusive teachings and I hope that is what stayed in his heart. I have Cherokee heritage and it was so delightful to hear of his grandfather expressing the wonders of our world as he did.
Through many, many tribulations, devotion, loss, anger, alcoholism, misunderstandings, depression, and love (both familial, romantic, and holy) he has made it to his current place in life. His salvation and redemption is a constant work in progress, seemingly. I found that compelling. There is much more that my review did not include, but you need to read it and I want those to be surprising illuminations for you, as well.
Lyrics are also included and this is really helpful as you read through the life events.
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