Jennifer Knapp’s meteoric rise in the Christian music industry ended abruptly when she walked away and came out publicly as a lesbian. This is her story—of coming to Christ, of building a career, of admitting who she is, and of how her faith remained strong through it all.
At the top of her career in the Christian music industry, Jennifer Knapp quit. A few years later, she publicly revealed she is gay. A media frenzy ensued, and many of her former fans were angry with what they saw as turning her back on God. But through it all, she held on to the truth that had guided her from the beginning.
In this memoir, she finally tells her story: of her troubled childhood, the love of music that pulled her through, her dramatic conversion to Christianity, her rise to stardom, her abrupt departure from Christian Contemporary Music, her years of trying to come to terms with her sexual orientation, and her return to music and Nashville in 2010, when she came out publicly for the first time. She also talks about the importance of her faith, and despite the many who claim she can no longer call herself a believer, she maintains that she is both gay and a Christian.
Now an advocate for LGBT issues in the church, Jennifer has witnessed heartbreaking struggles as churches wrestle with issues of homosexuality and faith. This engrossing, inspiring memoir will help people understand her story and to believe in their own stories, whatever they may be.
Bursting quickly to stardom in the Christian music world shortly after her college conversion, singer-songwriter Knapp disappeared abruptly from the public eye in 2004. Here, she offers a comprehensive memoir spanning her earliest childhood in the 1970s to her 2010 return to performing from self-imposed exile. The book seems designed to explain her seclusion, which she chalks up to physical exhaustion from her brutal tour schedule and the emotional strain of coming to terms with herself as a lesbian. Her memoir suffers from uneven pacing, alternating between catalogues of activities and long reflections on her emotional state. While she does paint a bleak portrait of the constant scrutiny and moral nitpicking contemporary Christian musicians face, her retelling of events seems to place blame for problems outside her own actions. The book will appeal to fans seeking insight into Knapp's work and to others hoping for an insider view of Christian music. Some readers might find the issues raised, such as Christian hypocrisy, doubt, and homosexuality, unhelpfully unresolved.