Kirk Franklin - Church Boy: My Music & My Life

Tuesday 1st December 1998
Kirk Franklin - Church Boy: My Music & My Life
Kirk Franklin - Church Boy: My Music & My Life

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Word ISBN0849940508
FORMAT: Book General book
RRP: £11.49

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Kirk Franklin's rise to the higher echelons of gospel music is more surprising when you read this autobiography. Raised by a maiden aunt, rebellious as a teenager, struggling with his carnal nature even after he was ministering in gospel music, this honest account of a life slowly turned around by the grace of God is both inspiring and challenging. Beginning with an incident in 1996 when he fell off a stage in Memphis and nearly died, Kirk describes his life and the lessons he has learnt. You get an insight into the development of his music though the book does concentrate mostly on his childhood and teen years rather than on recent recordings. Not the greatest writer, Kirk is occasionally prone to ramble but there is no doubt that this gives a candid view into the heart, mind and life of one of contemporary gospel music's greatest talents. Reading about some of his struggles, mistakes and sins, I was left feeling that if God could use a loser like Franklin then there was hope for the rest of us! All in all, an intriguing read.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jenise in Hallandale @ 22:39 on Jan 24 2010

omg kirk you have motivated me to be a better person. you childhood exp. really showed me that if you got through what you meant through then i can make it too. i will keep you in my prayers, thanks for sharing your stories and i can feel your pain in your music you make great music man plz continue and god bles you and your family i wish you and tammy the best man thanks! i love you kirk!

Posted by tius in bklyn @ 15:26 on Jan 7 2010

kirk im your number fan & i like that album The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin so can you email me im saved and saintified. so please email me

Posted by destine johnson in wichita ks. @ 16:33 on Mar 16 2009

kirt i have all your cds and i would love 2 be the first 2 get your cd i love u at my church we do mind dances 2 all yo songs when i listen 2 your music it touchs me real deep down in my heart i love you!!!!!!!!! i defently like your song imagine me

Posted by Bodam in Nigeria @ 19:25 on Oct 14 2008

I'v been thru stuff too as a peson and as a musician but there's something gospel music does to us that no matter where we are at, God loves to "get involved". Luv u kirk

Posted by Monika in Australia @ 08:30 on Aug 19 2008

hi kirk i love your song call (if your heart is breaked)

Posted by Tammy in Jamaica @ 21:07 on Jan 17 2008

All hail Hosanna! God's really blessed you and you've really blessed me. I've been listening to your music since you first came out and I'm still listening. Yow if you aint been thru nothin u got nothin to talk about. So my man... just let me hear u holla.

Posted by Erica in Detroit @ 19:25 on Jan 3 2008

yo music is sweet. although you've been through so much in your life you are still believing and praying to GOD. you could be someone's real hero

Posted by devin wilson in florida @ 19:21 on Jan 3 2008

i think i am just like u

Posted by Lesley in South Africa @ 21:42 on Sep 9 2007

Kirk, I luv ya music man.
Currently, u'r numba 1 in my favourites list
and u'v bn in dat position fa so long now.It means U're really doing it fa me man.

Wish 2 meet ju 1 day.
Ohh... and bsides ya music, ya struggles (failures) also encourage me. I think u're a gr8 man,man.

Posted by Collins in South Africa, Pretoria,Medunsa @ 09:39 on Aug 29 2007

Yo Kirk!hope to see with my two eyes one day and talk to u. U know that u r great i gues Wish to meet you one day.

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