Lecrae has been one of mine and my husband's favorite artists for years. His no holds barred lyrics meet the hurt and broken where they are and call out believers to reach out and share Jesus with a culture that doesn't esteem the Savior who loves them relentlessly. Unashamed is Lecrae's telling of his life story from childhood to today taking the reader through his own struggles in his journey to find Jesus to becoming a world-renowned Grammy award-winning hip-hop powerhouse. Just like his lyrics, in Unashamed Lecrae is transparent sharing with the reader startling details about his abuse and feelings of being abandoned by his father as a child, openly discussing his past mistakes not only before becoming a Christian but also his struggles since becoming a Christ follower, and sharing how God has shaped his music to be a source of light in a dark culture. This novel was sobering- first from reading about the urban culture that is so vastly different from my own upbringing, and second from the realization that I have been on autopilot and could be doing so much more to reach others for Christ in my community by understanding my culture. I already respected Lecrae's music. After reading Unashamed I respect him even more and have been challenged in my faith on a deeper level. I highly recommend getting the audiobook version of this book which is read by Lecrae himself. I'll be reading (or actually listening) to this one again to glean as much as I can from the nuggets of wisdom laced throughout Lecrae's personal story. To learn more about Lecrae and his music, visit http://www.lecrae.com/. Also, enjoy the trailer for the book below!
This review contains my own personal thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated in any way by the publisher or author.
Lecrae is a Grammy award winning hip-hop artist whose 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Lecrae has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, including a win in 2013 for Best Gospel Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015, as well as won seven Dove Awards, secured one Billboard Music Award nomination, won two Soul Train Music Awards and a BET Hip Hop Awards nomination. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children.