[BOOK REVIEW: Save Me from Myself by Brian “Head” Welch]

[BOOK REVIEW: Save Me from Myself by Brian “Head” Welch]

It took me several hours to read this autobiographical book. I started in the evening on Sunday, slept some in between, woke up early in the morning on Monday and finished the book.

90645It is definitely a page-turner. The raw way of writing that Brian uses engages the reader from the start and doesn’t let go from its grip until the end. (And then I was tempted to go and read what happened to Brian after the book was published back in 2007 – seems like he’s still with God, so praise God.)

While he doesn’t share all the gory details of his life before he was found by God, he does share quite a few. If anything, the reader would not want to even think of trying drugs after all those stories. He also wrote about friendships and his personal life. The love for his daughter emanates from the pages in almost tangible way. It is rather interesting to read about his fights and misunderstandings with other people yet in the next sentence, he’d mention Jennae and you can feel the change in his tone as he calls her his baby girl.

I found it interesting that he actually asked Jesus to be his Savior back when he was a kid – because his friend’s mother did not mind sharing the Gospel with him. Sadly, that was right before he went on a completely different path… yet the seed was sown. It made me think of all the people I come in contact with and might influence too… a butterfly effect of sorts. Will my wings flutter bring peace and good news or will I cause a storm?

What made the most impact on me was the part he shares AFTER he became a Christian. It’s one thing to end a book on “they lived happily ever after” yet the war BEGINS when you become a Christian since this world is a battleground and we are the soldiers. So when Brian shared his struggles with faith and all the echoes of his past life, that’s what really affected me. His willingness to go on, his desire to serve God no matter what happens, and his faith.

The only thing that kinda got me off track was the speaking in tongues issue. While I don’t deny that gift is sometimes bestowed upon people, I do not believe everyone should practice it and “work on it” – it’s a gift. You either have it or not. But that was a minor thing and otherwise I really hope his conversion affected his fans.

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