STYLE: RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 149197-BOK709 LABEL: FORMAT: Book General book
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Despite running to just over 100 pages of large print and countless photos, this autobiography from US rock star-turned-CCM artist/preacher Mylon LeFevre succeeds in covering the salient points of his life as well promoting the salvation through Christ that LeFevre himself experienced after years of hard living. The book touches on his early years as part of the pioneering Southern gospel family group the LeFevres and his frequently rocky relationship with his father, the church and education before charting his time rubbing musical shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, Alvin Lee, Elton John and Eric Clapton in the '70s - a time that spawned the classic 'On The Road To Freedom' album as well as a decline into near fatal drug abuse. LeFevre is careful to balance the sensational aspect of his former rock 'n' roll lifestyle with an account of how he came back to Christ and, along with documenting the formation and subsequent ministry of his post-salvation band Broken Heart, he is quick to tell of the difference Jesus has made to his life before ending proceedings with a virtual altar call encouraging the reader to accept Christ as Lord. The writing style is instantly accessible and tales of how Elvis Presley ended up covering LeFevre's "Without Him" and the challenges and rejection the author faced at the time of coming to know the Lord are genuinely gripping and are told with a good dose of humility. However, major episodes of LeFevre's life appear to be skimmed over or missing completely - suddenly we learn that LeFevre has joined the army or has a daughter, for example - and this makes for a somewhat disjointed read. Nonetheless, this is an intriguing insight into the life and salvation of one of CCM's more colourful characters but one that could certainly have been extended to a full length autobiography.
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