Sinner’s Creed by Scott Stapp

I was not that familiar with Scott Stapp or Creed.  I had heard Arms Wide Open when it was being played frequently on the radio and had always enjoyed the timbre of Stapp’s voice, but was not at all familiar with his story.  His story of family struggles and difficulties was difficult to read and my heart broke for him when reading his story of his rejection by his father and the cruelty of his step-father.  His faith was inspiring to read about, although I was a little confused by his resistance to Creed being known as a Christian group.  Obviously a lot of their songs had a Christian theme and he had Christian faith, so I didn’t understand his reticence in being considered as a Christian group.  What I liked the best about this book was the story of his background and his rise to fame, then his downward spiral into drugs and depression, then his recovery and redemption.  I hope that he is able to maintain his sobriety and enjoy his family.  This story would appeal to a lot of people, fans of Creed’s music, people who struggle with substance abuse issues or family issues, or people who enjoy reading about God’s redemptive work in one person’s life.  Overall, an interesting story to read.

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