Franklin grew up with a mom who didn't want him and the notion that black men weren't faithful in marriage. How did he overcome these hardships? Sharing a no-holds-barred account of his struggles as a son, father, husband, singer, African American, and Christian, he helps you defeat difficulties and build your own blueprint for a successful life! 240 pages, softcover from Gotham.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 240 Vendor: Gotham Publication Date: 2011
Seven-time Grammy award-winning artist Kirk Franklin offers powerful, streetwise advice for building a fulfilling life in the face of any adversity.
Kirk Franklin's life was hardly built on a firm foundation. Abandoned by both his father and mother, Kirk was constantly told he was an unwanted child. He struggled mightily yet managed to triumph, dedicating his life to helping others find hope during hardship. With The Blueprint, he provides an inspiring blend of God and grit to deliver real-world words of wisdom on provocative topics including:
•The true definition of manhood •Deadbeat dads, divorce, and despair in family life •Why faith that only takes place in a church is dead
In the spirit of Hill Harper's Letters to a Young Brother and T. D. Jakes's He-Motions, The Blueprint delivers an honest new direction, taking faith out of the pews and into the real lives of all who struggle.
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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.
"Kirk Franklin takes the church beyond the traditional, transitioning his life's experiences into life lessons." -T.D. Jakes
"Franklin mixed 'God and grit' to create an honest map for the life he prays others will lead." -Ebony
"If you're in need of a spiritual boost, you'll rise up after reading The Blueprint." -Essence
"A perfect gift for a graduate. Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin provides readers with a "blueprint" for how to rise above obstacles on the road to success." -JET
"Franklin shares his personal trials and triumphs and how he used them to propel him to success." -Black Enterprise.com
"Kirk Franklin puts his gospel on the page. A down-to-earth spiritual guide for anyone trying to 'live above life's storms.'" -SoulSummer.com
"The book reads like a conversation with Franklin, combining his hip language with vivid, realistic scenarios that readers can easily see themselves in as he approaches key life lessons." -Eurweb.com
"Whether you're down and out, misguided, or simply need a boost to push forward, The Blueprint is the essential guide to creating a better you, one day at a time. Success doesn't come easy, but it will come with a helping hand. Follow The Blueprint and start living the life you were always meant to live." -Praisephilly.com
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