Christian singer Mike Weaver, along with Jim Scherer, brings a powerful story in their book I Am Redeemed : Learning To Live In Grace (Worthy Publishing, 2019) which will draw many emotions from the readers.
I will first say I am not familiar with Weaver’s band Big Daddy Weave, besides of the knowing their name, in the Christian music market. Although I am not blind to the Christian music genre; my favorite acts have been Al Denson and Rebecca St. James (St. James writes praise for the book in the opening with other artists), and have seen acts like David Crowder, Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Matthew West, and others in concert in the past. I have not heard any songs from Big Daddy Weave, so I went into reading this book totally unaware of their work.
The book tells the story of how Weaver struggled with acceptance and anxiety as a young child, from being insecure in his youth, from schoolmates. He found a love for music , which lead him to forming a band with several college friends , which turned into the band Big Daddy Weave. While the band started getting successful by playing where they could (Weaver states that within three years of forming, they were playing almost 200 dates a year, without soliciting gigs), more struggles occurred; from his family losing their home in Hurricane Ivan, personal struggles with doubt and his place fitting in, to his brother dealing with several serious health issues, which created a major darkness within the family.
This is not a “woe is me” writing from a guy who has made a career in music that many have dreamed of. This is just an honest man looking, and many times questioning, God and his purpose in the ministry. His detailing accounts of his brother’s heath issues and his family’s struggles during this time, is very emotional and heart straining. Weaver’s own personal journey dealing with weight issues, brings more emotions to the writing.
There are several up lifting stories in here as well, from when Weaver meets his wife, and the births of his children, to some funny on the road stories and interactions with some friends in the Christian music scene. The book flows well in reading, with short chapters (most are only around 5-6 pages in length), in which I read the whole book within 2-3 days. The writer’s voice , along with the stories, will make the reader keep the pages turning. Even if you (like me) have never heard of the band, this is a powerful Christian book, detailing a life that is not all glamorous as a musician. There are Bible verses throughout the book, but some are at the end of the chapter that relate to what Weaver is writing about, but they are not in your face, nor is there a lot of preaching or discussions on the verses.
Weaver’s story is not only interesting and entertaining at times, but full of sensitivity, affection, sadness, and praise. This is a book that will bring out many feelings from the reader, while letting them know that even the so called Christian celebrities have their struggles and doubt in their Christian walk. Redeemed is a journey that will take the reader on many roads and paths until the last page.
This review copy was sent courtesy of the publisher.
I Am Redeemed :Learning to Live In Grace by Mike Weaver and Jim Scherer (Worthy Publishing, 2019) ISBN: 978-1-5460-3358-5 (hardcover), 978-1-55491-8354-6 (downloadable audio), 978-1-5460-1499-7 (ebook) can be found at http://www.iamredeemedbook.com, and http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/imprint/hachette-nashville/worthy-books.
For information about the band , go to http://www.bigdaddyweave.com
Worthy Publishing is a division of Hachette Book Group, INC.
Geared For: Ages 12 and Up
For Fans Of: Christian Music, Religion, Christian Living, Personal Memoirs.