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.
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.
"One of the biggest superstars in gospel...Franklin revolutionized gospel with his hip, contemporary sound."
"Kirk Franklin is his genre's most consistently successful mainstream artists for the past fifteen years, thanks to his fusing of gospel messages with hip-hop and pop beats."
"Once again, Kirk Franklin takes the church beyond the traditional, transitioning his life's experiences into life lessons. Clearly there is more to this man than great music. You will feel the beat of his heart and faith."