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Church Boy: Franklin, Kirk [Paperback]

By Kirk Franklin (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2000
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849940508  
EAN  9780849940507  

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Church Boy intimately chronicles the life of gospel music sensation Kirk Franklin: his tough childhood, his amazing conversion, and his meteoric rise to gospel music stardom. This national best-seller includes a photo section.

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When he fell from a darkened stage in November 1996, Kirk Franklin could easily have been killed. That ten-foot plunge might have ended the career of one of America's most exciting young prodigies. But thanks to his dramatic recovery, the fall added not only a new dimension to his story but it brought Kirk Franklin to the attention of millions who otherwise might never have heard the name.

Today Kirk Franklin is bigger than ever. His recordings have topped the charts, selling more copies in less time than any gospel musician in history. He has won every award gospel music has to offer but his own success is the last thing on his mind.

This is the story of a young man from the poor side of town. He was taunted and teased as a child, but his faith and his remarkable musical talent helped him overcome the odds. In these pages Kirk Franklin reveals the real source of his strength. "What motivates me," he says, "is the knowledge that God has redeemed me from the pain and the hurts and the sin of my past and given me a new joy I can't even explain. It's not just for show," he says. "It's the truth, and that's what I want to express."

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More About Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin Kirk Franklin is the top gospel artist in Nielsen Soundscan history, selling more than twelve million albums and more than twenty #1 gospel hits. The host of his own BET talent search program, Sunday Best, he is the winner of seven Grammy awards, six NAACP awards, and many other honors. Also the author of the memoir, Church Boy: My Music and My Life, he lives in Texas with his wife, Tammy, and their four children.

Kirk Dwayne Franklin (born January 26, 1970) is an American gospel musician, choir director, and author. He is known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God's Property and One Nation Crew (1NC), and has won multiple awards.

Like Andre Crouch in the 70s and the Winans in the 80s, Kirk Franklin was the most important Gospel artist of the 90s and a principal force in the genre's mass acceptance during its most successful decade. An important link between Gospel and the emerging hip-hop movement in secular music, Franklin made Gospel music relevant to young urban listeners and in the process created opportunity for a new generation of Gospel artists.

Kirk Franklin currently resides in Fort Worth.

Kirk Franklin has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Essential (Provident-Integrity)
  2. Soulful Sounds Gospel
  3. WOW Gospel (Audio)

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he's a complicated man...  Nov 18, 2005
I've reviewed some of Kirk Franklin's music elsewhere and I'm fascinated in him as a Man of God, an artist, and an entrepreneur. He has taken gospel music in directions that others have not dared and that has made him a polarizing force in the music. Either you love him and think he's the last hope of gospel music or you hate him for "secularizing" the music and sacrificing the purity of the art form. "Church Boy" is Kirk's autobiography, but it is more an attempt to address both his fans and the haters about the motivating forces in his life.

First, I applaud Kirk for not putting out an autobiography that feels like an "As Told To journalist" kind of work. If he was a sports star, he'd hire a journalist who would make his words and ideas seem profound. Instead he's written a work that sounds like his own voice plus minor editing.

The flip side of that is that this book doesn't really follow standard autobiographical practices. It's not so much about what's happened to Kirk; it's more about how what's happened to Kirk allows him to address his fans and the haters. The book can get real preachy as a result. Some reviewers have mentioned that Kirk can appear homophobic at times. He certainly is not shy about asserting that his heterosexuality in the gospel business led him to sexual sin and fathering a child out of wedlock. Moreover, he unabashedly calls out the many homosexual artists in gospel music and states that homosexuality is a sin. That's a really bold statement to assert in print. If you agree with him, then that makes him a true minister of the faith. If you disagree with him, then that makes him a sower of anger and fear. Personally, as a heterosexual male who has enjoyed working with some outstanding gospel artists who were probably gay, I found this stance a little problematic. It's easier hearing about the problems with gay gospel artists from someone like Donnie McClurkin who has walked that walk a little more intimately.

Readers would be wise to consider the context of this book. This book was designed to amplify the ideas in his recording "The Nu Nation Project". The end of the book states how his life and times have built up to that recording. Even his tragic, almost life ending, stage fall helps motivate him to rededicate himself to his ministry. The tragedy is that while Nu Nation is a great CD, I believe it represented the peak of Kirk's fame. Kirk struggled to keep all of the members of his coalition together organizationally and spiritually and he's had to take on more of a solo personality as of late that seems to go against many of the ideas of this book.

Hearing the suddenness of Kirk's fame and the environment from which he came from helps me have a lot more compassion for him. When you were a runt of an outsider and needed to prove yourself, you can see how sudden fame might not have been the best thing for him to handle at such a young age.

Kirk is such a strong songwriter, and I applaud him for including lyrics to many of his songs as chapter lead ins. I take him at his word that he's trying to tell his story more for the musical and spiritual benefit of his listeners than for the marketing benefits of this book.

Ordinarily, I wouldn't recommend this book. It's dated in a lot of ways, and there are certainly better autobiographies on the market. However, gospel music has exploded due to this man. An inexpensive used copy of this book can offer the beginnings of vital insight into how God has used this music to enrich the lives of so many.

Hope this helps.


[3 stars]

It's Dangerous to fall into the hands of an Angry God  Oct 25, 2005
Kirk tried to be frank and honest, but he was cautious. He tries too hard to convince the reader that he is not gay as being labeled by his peers. He tries to show the readers that he has slept with a lot of women but wasn't proud of it. This sounds like he is actually fighting a spirit of homosexuality. Kirk is in and out of the church quite often. He succumbs to his fleshly desires and gives into temptation very easily. Forgiveness is one thing, but yielding is another. He sounds like he is on the edge of reprobate, if not already. Playhouse entertainment is over. It's time to get live; it's time to represent. Check your soul, Kirk, it's in a lot of trouble son.

Love Lami,
Someone who cares about your soul
Kirk isn't a heathen or Lucifer, just a Disciple to Christ  May 10, 2005
I actually ordered this 4 $1.25 discount. And once I got it in the mail and take a open of the book to see there were no scratches or anything I was not dissappointed. This is sure be a good book to read even tho I'm a fan to my all-time favorite artist in gospel, Kirk Franklin. This is a must if u wanna hear more from the man, y'know from behind his childhood, behind his dreams of coming a superstar in the gospel music area, why people think he's unholy or worldly to the Word of Christ, etc.

I been a fan to his music since the beginning. Where be begin his group Kirk Franklin and His Family, God's Property and now 1NC (which stands for One Nation Crew). I'm professionally a trumpet player in the church band and a singer in the youth choir @ Hopewell which ya'll check out @

Wish he'll put out a second one on the way pretty soon. God will continue your travel and thru your heart, Min. Kirk Franklin, u're still da bomb, man. Keep it up. I enjoy hearing and listening to your music. I sure come and work w/ you some day. God bless

Henry "The Preacher" Cooper
Excellent Autobiography on a Talented Man of God  May 10, 2005
Kirk Franklin is one of the most talented and anointed songwriters I've ever heard of. To me, he's the absolute best. In this autobiography, Kirk takes you back to his childhood days. He also talks about what occurred between then and 1998 (when the book was published). -A lot has happened since then, so maybe he should write a continuation. Kirk tells it like it is in this book... there's no holding back. I think that people are sometimes scared of the truth and Kirk brings the truth like no one else. That is why he gets so much flack from folk. People should search their hearts and start focusing on the truth that God wants them to see. Truth that He can show them through a book or someone's life story. Give this book a chance -- it is definitely worth the read!
Dreadful  Jul 18, 2002
I love Kirk Franklin's music. So does he - and he seems to love himself even more! Not only does this book drip of self-praise and egotism, it rings loudly of homophobia. Of all the horrible things that might have happened to Kirk as a kid (and he doesn't really tell you any!) the worst, in his mind, seems to be that he was called a queer. Give me a break.

Kirk glosses over details, and pretty much everyone outside of his immediate, current, family have no names listed at all.

Don't waste your time AND your money. Buy a CD and be thankful that its ok to love the message and not the messenger!


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