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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
He left KoRn to help himself. He went back to help others. And along the way, he nearly lost everything.
A life-changing spiritual awakening freed Brian "Head" Welch from a stranglehold of drugs and alcohol and prompted him to leave the highly successful nu-metal band KoRn in 2005. What followed was a decade-long trial by fire, from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depression and self-mutilation to the harsh realities of playing solo and surviving the shattering betrayal of a trusted friend. In this intensely inspiring redemption saga, perhaps most inspiring is Brians radical decision to rejoin KoRn and reconcile with the tribe of people he once considered family in the metal music scene.
Brian returned to his musical roots with a clear head and a devoted heart. Though his story is wild, hilarious, and deeply poignant, the message is simple: God will love you into the freedom of being yourself, as long as you keep the relationship going and never, ever quit.
BookGal5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful JourneyNovember 30, 2016BookGalQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I usually do not ready biographies. But, this one peaked my interest because it was "Head". I was a huge fan of rock back in my highschool days. Not so much any more. Granted I listened to Christian Rock and not secular but Brian put out some great Christian music when he did enter the scene. You can check one of his songs out here . I'll warn you, it is not Christian rock that you hear on the radio. If you don't like Korn's style of rock you won't like Brian's, but if you do go have yourself a listen.
His book was a great read about his own journey after he became a Christian. I loved that he was so honest with his struggles with family and drinking afterward. The struggles do not instantly vanish the minute you hand your life over to Christ. I loved reading about his relationship with his daughter and those heartaches and the "beauty from the ashes" moment when she was a teen. I'm really hoping she writes a biography *fingers crossed*. Brian did a great job at incorporating so much biblical truth into his journey. He had many Christians who loved him and wanted to see him get out of his pit. They spoke wisdom into his life, sometimes it was hard for Brian to hear but it was just what he needed when He needed it.
I am still interested in following his journey as he tours with Korn. From the outside I question why he went back, even though he explains it in this book. I know he was following what God has called him to do. You can tell by the many people he is able to speak truth to. It's quite incredible the ministry he has now!
If your looking for a great biography to read pick this one.
Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from booklookbloggers.com. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Rachel4 Stars Out Of 5Good ReadJuly 18, 2016RachelQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I enjoy reading. I really enjoy reading that gives me the opportunity to step into somebody elses shoes and try to look at life from their perspective. I didn't really know much about the band KoЯn prior to requesting this book. I was intrigued by part of the overview that talked about his struggles with a teen lost in depression. Being somebody who struggles with depression, I was curious. I enjoyed reading the book. Brian "Head" Welch from the band KoЯn has had his own run with depression. I like how this book clearly shows us that nobody is immune from making mistakes but that everybody can find forgiveness. Brian had his fair share of difficulty, some from the choices he made, and some from the devil trying to get him off track. I know the book was mostly about Brian and its his comeback story, personally I am wondering if his daughter Jennea has any plans on writing a book. That is one I would definitely want to read. Jennea ended up going to a girls boarding school for a time while she became more self confident and stronger as she fought back against depression. I would love to hear more of her story. I like how the book ended, more like a to be continued because really Brian just brought us up to where he was as of publishing it. I like that it included a letter from Jennea at the end of the book. I would recommend this book to somebody who likes to get an inside picture of people they look up to or to somebody who is a die hard KoЯn fan. Ultimately it is a story of redemption, for the individual and for the band.
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Good BookJuly 2, 2016Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With My Eyes Wide Open, written by Brian Head Welch is his story of leaving the band Korn to devote his life to raising his daughter Jennea. In 2005 he turned his life over to Christ, left Korn, and started to be the best dad he could to his daughter. He moved them to Phoenix, Arizona and tried to make a career going solo. He connected with Edgar, providing lots of money for business adventures, and recording his music. One thing he did not do, was keep an eye on how Edgar spent his money and he eventually ended up in financial and legal issues due to how Edgar did business. The story takes from the time Brian left Korn and his daughter was a little girl, up to his return to Korn and his daughter being a teenager in trouble.
This is a very good book. It is encouraging to see how a person can be in a major band, extremely wealthy and addicted to Meth turn away from that life, accept Jesus, focus his attention to raising his daughter and find himself struggling to have money for food.
I read to learn a little bit about the band and music my children listened to. I am so glad I read this book. The struggles Brain went through after leaving Korn were overwhelming to read. I appreciate that he stressed that he would turn to pray to help him through the hard times. I think this book would be a great book for any aspiring musician to read, to read what goes into trying to make a success in the music world. I also think this would be a great book to read for parents who are struggling with their teens, especially those who have children that harm themselves.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Blogger.
Kingdom DaughterWisconsinAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5With My Eyes Wide OpenJune 25, 2016Kingdom DaughterWisconsinAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With My Eyes Wide Open is about the author, Brian Head Welch, who is one of the founders of the nu-metal group Korn. He tells of his life after he decided to leave the group Korn to raise his daughter full time. His struggles after he came to Christ, but shows and displays his faith throughout the book. Especially through his struggles.
I really enjoyed this book. I read it in 2 days. I could completely identify with Brian and his struggles with raising his daughter alone. The story is told in the first person and in almost a journal written style. He shares his every thought, good and bad. This book was, for me, exceptional. It made me smile, laugh, and cry. I could really feel his pain that he felt. I could also feel his joy when he spoke of the Holy Spirit. I know hes had a lot of criticism because of where he came from (Korn), what he did, and how he looks. As you can see on the book cover, hes not your average looking Joe. But this is why I loved this book, he shows you how Jesus loves you no matter what you have done, where you have been, and most of all no matter what you look like. He has a mission for Brian and I will be praying for him the whole way!
I recommend this book if you want to see and read about Gods saving grace, if you want to jump out of your seat and cheer, sit back and think about your own redemption, or simply want to know Brian and his struggles. I highly recommend this book. Two thumbs up!!!!
I was sent this complimentary copy of the book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review.
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Prayers, Jesus & Rock and RollJune 21, 2016tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What does a meth addicted, well-known rock band member, and Jesus have in common? Quite a bit, as will be discovered in this true story of Brian Welch, also known by the stage name, Head. He was a heavy drug user, often staying high for a week or longer. Brian was one of the co-founders of the metal rock band, KoRn, along with one of the guitarists in that group. KoRn made him millions of dollars, but it didn't bring happiness. Instead he, along with his wife, spent most of their time using meth, along with other drugs, hoping their next high would bring them the nirvana they were seeking.
After his wife left them, Brian became a single parent to their young daughter, Jennea. With those new responsibilities, and wanting to be a good dad, Brian brought her on the road with him along with KoRn. But try as he might, he wasn't able to break free from his destructive lifestyle.
And then one day he became radically saved by Jesus, and was instantly able to walk away from all the drugs. Despite a contract that was soon to pay the band millions of dollars, Brian also walked away from KoRn, giving it all up. He wanted to devote himself to the care and raising of Jennea, and the worship of God. This book is the story of what happened to Brian and Jennea since then.
The relationship between Brian and Jennea really thrived, and Brian's relationship with God deepened. Traveling for mission work took the place of being on the road with KoRn. He also started various music endeavors on his own, eventually forming the band, Love and Death. But there were hard times, too, that included being lied to by a trusted friend. That led to such a loss of Brian's money, that he and Jennea were forced to search their furniture for lost coins hoping to find enough to buy food. They lost their home, and bankruptcy loomed ahead of them.
Slowly, his finances straightened out, and then God surprised Brian by leading him to a reconciliation with his KoRn band members. Could Brian return to life on the road with KoRn, avoid drugs, and be a light for Jesus at the same time? Amazingly, all those things, and more, have taken place. Brian will be the first to say it is happening because he is where God wants him to be.
But just as that part of Brian's life starting improving, his relationship with Jennea disintegrated. Their communication consisted of only heated arguments, and Jennea began to hurt herself, too. That crisis caused Brian to make the hardest decision of his life, get help for Jennea--but possibly at the cost of their relationship.
I am not a fan of heavy rock music, but Brian's story will grab your attention whether you are a fan of his type of music or not. It is easy to identify with his pain as a parent when Jennea pulled away from him, and started making bad choices. Brian's financial situation, a result of betrayal by a friend, along with his own unwise decisions, is also something that many will relate to. Through it all, though, Brian never turned away from God. His faith is strong, genuine and uplifting to read about. Pick up this 5-star book, and discover the story of a dad who loves both God, and his daughter, with endearing passion.
Thomas Nelson Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of With My Eyes Wide Open for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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