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If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection.

Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirm
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by B Books (first published May 1st 2016)
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Lauren I don't think it's religious, I think it's honest. Lecrae is a Christian so for him to share honestly about himself his relationship with God is throu…moreI don't think it's religious, I think it's honest. Lecrae is a Christian so for him to share honestly about himself his relationship with God is through the whole book, because it's who he is. That being said, I don't think it's preachy and I think it's good to understand people from all sorts of backgrounds and worldviews.(less)

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Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you couldn't tell by my incessant updates with every nugget of wisdom, this book was incredible.
I've been a pretty casual listener of Lecrae's music but always a huge fan of the person he is and what he stands for. This book just gave me more insight into what he actually went through growing up and makes his testimony that much more powerful. I cried quite a few times as so many things and phrases and ideas hit home.
I'm seriously so blown away by this book and I REALLY WANT YO
4 stars

Lecrae's story is refreshing and inspiring. He narrated the audiobook and the narration was great!
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-memoirs
I never been a huge fan of Lecrae. In fact,I thought He was very overrated,besides a few songs I heard from Him.However this book convinced me to give his music a second chance. Being raised rough with only his mother,He turned to drugs,sex,alcohol,etc to fill the void of having an absent Father. Constantly reprimanded to get his life together,before he became another statistic.

By the Grace of God,his entire life changed drastically when He encountered Jesus for the first time. Now he uses his
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, biographies
Lecrae is an interesting person, and this is an interesting book. I have been ministered to greatly by the artists of Reach, including Lecrae. Contrary to the many who have seen his progression as a move away from faith, I have been encouraged by his evolution from youth group rapper to frontline missionary. I have also enjoyed listening to his music as it has progressed greatly from Rebel to CC3 (I wasn't around for Real Talk, I'm a band-wagoner).

In Unashamed, Lecrae tells his story. It is a st
Richard Derus
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Rating: 3* of five

I voted for this book in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards. There's no obvious reason I'd vote for some christian crapola over the memoir of Gloria Vanderbilt and her gay son Anderson Cooper, except I really can't relate to rich people's problems any more. On the dull side, frankly.

Lecrae's problems aren't dull. They include a laundry list of every social ill I've been able to dream up. He ticks every box and then, one fine day, gawd reaches down and saves him. My eyes rolled so
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6...It was like a blindfold fell off my eyes. I'd been celebrating the things I should have been ashamed of, and I had been ashamed of what I s ...more
Addy S.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unashamed, for me, was a story that encouraged me immensely. Lecrae’s story is not fiction, but it is the story of his life, and all that he’s gone through. He grew up fatherless, and got into drugs and alcohol. He ended up getting so depressed he tried to overdose on pills. Yet, through it all, God was working (and IS working!) in his life. It’s amazing to see what Lecrae has come out of.

A few content details younger readers should know:
-Talk of attempted suicide
-Talk of abuse Lecrae experienc
Margaret Carpenter
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
God bless 'em.

This book challenged my opinions and biases of lots of stuff, especially my feelings about CHH. No one can say that Lecrae hasn't been through his fair share of fighting off the genre boxes, not after reading this.

Unashamed is deeply, sometimes painfully, honest. I can't connect with much of his experience, but his insight on struggling to be a Christian with a body, with a mind that has never been baptized, this was resonant in my heart, and powerful.

This book was actually boug
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. What a great autobiography! There were some great quotable quotes in this and even though I am so not a fan of rap, I could identify with many of the things he said in these pages. Reading this makes me want to go check out his music.

Lecrae Moore's autobiography felt authentic as he detailed his upbringing and his sense of abandonment. His need for expression was well written. I also liked that he is "Unashamed" and boldly makes his faith a visible part of who he has become so
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading (or rather, listening to Lecrae read) this book. It is a deeply personal account of the rapper's journey to faith and his journey in faith. It is an autobiography of sorts, mostly focusing on how Lecrae came to faith and why he does "ministry" the way he does.

The book finally (hopefully) puts to rest why the rapper insists on being referred to as "a rapper who happens to be a Christian" instead of the generic "Christian rapper." You see, Lecrae's relationship with rap and hip h
Theresa Mathew
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am floored by Lecrae's transparency and willingness to share about his past and how God transformed and continues to transform his life. He is truly unashamed of the gospel and how he has been uniquely created. ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

"My prayer is that you'll make music too. Maybe not with your voice, and maybe not on a stage, but hopefully with your life."

Lecrae grew up in one of the toughest crowds, his earthly father left him at a young age and he was exposed to all sorts of immoralities constantly. Music quickly became one of the many things that helped him cope with loneliness and heartache but in every situation he was influenced by, his craving for acceptance was critical. It took Lecrae years to realize that it "if
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The intro of the much anticipated 2016 released book Unashamed gives us a brief glance of Lecrae attending the Grammy’s and his appearance at Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Roc Nation Party. Since most of us will never touch foot on the carpet rolled out to be graced by Louboutins or eat hors d’oeuvres on the same silver platter Jay-Z and Beyonce ate from this is some pretty exciting stuff! In the past, Lecrae had won “Best Gospel Album” and “Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance” but this time, he ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved reading this primarily for his transparency. He conveyed what he wanted to say in very readable fashion too. While our stories our very different, his urban, mine suburban, I could relate on many levels. We are all longing for identity and affirmation and when we do that apart from Christ it doesn't go well for us. There's so many rich things I get from his testimony, but to be brief..... I love the point of being "unashamed of the gospel" ....we often say that with we are ...more
Peter Krol
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very good look into the life of an exceptional musician. Lecrae tells a gritty and gripping story of his rescue from sin and self. I knew of his history with drugs, sex, and abortion. I didn't know he was on his way to murder an antagonist when the Lord finally broke through to him. Wow.

Lecrae also explains his departure from typically "Christian" hip-hop (why his last few albums sound more "secular"). I appreciate his defense, but his commitment to excellence is what first drew me to his musi
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I may or may not have read this book in one morning! My friend Shauna invited me to raid her bookshelves. Twice. Then, she started recommending suggestions. She convinced me to give this book that I was skeptical about an honest try. I'm so glad she did! This gray morning that I spent cuddled up on her pull-out sofa reading about the life of this man that has inspired me through his music, his ministry, and his passion for the glory of God for the better part of my life has turned out to be one ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartfelt, transparent look at the life of Lecrae, a Christian rapper. He says, “Some of life’s struggles are so severe that even music is powerless to overcome them.” He knew he needed something more. He would later learn that the something more was Jesus.

He talks about the challenges of being raised by a single mom and how she worked hard to provide a good home. He spent summers with his grandmother so his mom could work two jobs. Growing up without a dad always made him wonder if he
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Short (<4.5 hrs on audiobook), personal, and insightful. I really appreciated his transparency about his life but not in a way that glorified the sin he had done. He reminded me of the brokenness we all carry by showing the struggles he had growing up which obviously was a very different experience than myself. I also really appreciated his journey from a Christian who sought to appear righteous and stay away from the "tainted world" to one who knows Jesus loves us all (including those who aren' ...more
❆ Crystal ❆
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review for audiobook ~ 4 stars story ♫ 4 stars narration.
Well, I'm not much into rap music or religious books, but I am into unique stories where people struggle and find their own place in the world. I'd never heard of Lecrae Moore until I saw this book. I really enjoyed his life story. I think the book was written very well and told an inspiring story.
The author also narrated his book and he did a stellar job. 4 stars all the way around.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
what a story! growing up fatherless, abused, exposed to extreme worldly ways at age 6, Lecrae truly has been through it all.

from a young age he began his path of sin, spiraling himself deeper and deeper into a hole. by God's grace, he was exposed to the light of the Gospel through his grandma, college, and ministries. once he finally accepted Christ into his heart his life turned around. no more drugs, partying, sleeping with girls, stealing from people. but it's only so hard to resist sin when
Larry Key
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Lecrae, a man whos name I know, but music I dont shares some vulnerable truth about the battles he faced as a young boy through college. This was powerful and eye opening for me. The man is a gifted writer and has a way of communicating his difficulties and experiences that just seem to reaonate even if one may not be able to relate.

I hoped for a little more detail into the explanations of how he still struggles today with the environment he is in. It just seemed brief and almost rushed towards
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at the library to test-drive it for my youngest. He loves Lecrae's music, but from what I knew of his background I wasn't sure he is mature enough to read it. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did for myself. Turns out Lecrae and I have some things in common. We are both trying to figure out "what it means to be Christian in a world that assumes Christians are obnoxious or irrelevant or hypocritical or judgmental or ignorant or bigoted. Or any number of negative adjec ...more
Matt Chapman
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was really good! Very honest and thought-provoking.
I listened to the audiobook read by Lecrae himself which I’d highly recommend.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, religion
If I could give 6-stars to this book, I would give 6-stars to this book.

Let me give you some quick background. I randomly heard a Lecrae song riding a bus to grad school one day in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The song was Rehab--in a Target and picked it up. It's probably one of the only CDs I've bought in the last 10 years. I started playing it and I was hooked: Lecrae instantly become one of my favorite musicians, second only to my hero Dustin Kensure

Even though they make two very different kinds of
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I do not know much about Reformed and Christian rap but I do like Lecrae’s one song titled “Background” which also featured Andy Mineo. This book is an autobiography of Lecrae’s life. I was quite encouraged reading this.
Lecrae opening chapter was on “Red Carpet Treatment,” in which he tells us of his first attendance at the Grammy Awards which he was nominated for. Lecrae’s account of the red carpet reminds us that Christians are different and in some sense still an outsider even if we are “at t
Iraina LIZ  Briganty
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
One of the most transparent, inspiring, and faithful books I have read. He kept it real the entire time and made me really get to know him, his struggles and his talent. I loved how he showed that being a Christian does not make you a saint and everyone is just broken, but holding onto the Lord and his word is the way. I loved his thoughts on worldview Christianity and how we have to bridge the faith to the world. If you need inspiration and a great real life story, this is a must read.
Halley Hopson
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars!

Definitely one of the most unique takes on a “Christian nonfiction” that really reads much more like just a memoir of Lecrae’s life rather than your typical Christian novel. I adored hearing his story, especially since its a testimony I’ve never quite heard before; his story and upbringing being so incredibly different from my own. I also highly recommend the audiobook seeing as he reads it himself.
Jennie  Veazey
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring! Outstanding! Raw!
This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read! Lecrae is honest and up front with what his life has been like since he was a little boy. It wasn’t a rosey wonderful beginning but with his devout faith and hard work it has become a life that is truly blessed. This book made me question my thoughts and where my own heart lies. It is a story that needs to be read. Can’t wait for his next book that is dropping in October 2020!
Willy Wills
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

In fact I never knew who Lecrae is and I started reading this book 'blindly'. But the book was so intriguing, easy read and Lecrae tried to be honest. Knowing that he is a Christian rapper, captured attention. Has explored life of many fatherless kids go through in America.
Kristin Murray
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to the audio book, and Lecrae reads it. The majority of the book is his personal testimony of becoming a Christian and learning what it means to follow Jesus. Redemption doesn't come until the final pages. ...more
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