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Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story

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The amazing true story of an out-of-control rock star, his devastating addiction to drugs, and his miraculous redemption through Jesus Christ.

In February 2005, more than ten thousand people in Bakersfield, California, watched as Brian "Head" Welch—the former lead guitarist of the controversial rock band Korn—was saved by Jesus Christ. The event set off a media frenzy as ob
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by HarperOne (first published July 1st 2007)
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Paul
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was a big Korn fan in my early teens. I lost interest after I decided they had become shit (namely with the release of "Take A Look In The Mirror"), and haven't really followed them since. So, it came as news to me when I was browsing Amazon and discovered Head's book. Apparently Head had left Korn and found Jesus somewhere, how curious.
I abandoned this book after 100 pages, I couldn't read anymore self-pity from a dysfunctional millionaire. This guy is a selfish jackass. I believe it takes
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Amanda
Aug 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
I liked the story of Brian Welch's conversion. It is always a reason to rejoice when someone repents of their sins and commits their life to God.

The book was very graphic, and is therefore not for everyone to read. Brian goes deep in his description of his vices, only for the benefit of showing people that with God's help you can overcome your problems.

I disagreed with Brian's view on speaking in tongues. I do not believe that you have to speak in tongues in order to get closer to God.

I am so gl
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Agata
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book! Even more so because my brother, who was an Atheist, went through something very similar and was saved. Between my brother's and Brian's spiritual journey, I have also accepted Christ into my life and my faith grows each day. God is good!
Dawn
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Korn fans, Jesus freaks
The author is very honest and sincere about his experiences, both with Korn and his conversion to Christianity. Welch wasn't the most stable or happy person to begin with, and being a rock star took a serious toll on him. Some people find it weak that Welch was unable to reconcile sobriety to rock n' roll (particularly since his ex-bandmate Jon Davis was able to do just that). However, everyone is different. It took a lot of courage for Welch to recognize his own limitations, and make the change ...more
Susan
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So, I just finished reading Save Me From Myself by Brian “Head” Welch (you know, the guy from Korn with the crazy long tendrils). What an incredible read! I devoured this book in, like, three days. I just couldn’t put it down. A few adjectives that come to mind: Gripping. Intense. Unbelievable. Be warned: it is an addictive page-turner from start to finish that will give you some pretty whacked out dreams if you read it right before going to bed (just so you know).

More than an autobiography, Sav
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Jennifer
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this in two sittings. The first was Brian's telling of his life before he came to the Lord and the second was after. The first part was difficult to read, as it took me back a bit to my own prodigal times before the Lord pulled me out of the pit. Of course, I was never a rock star doing thousands of $$ of drugs daily. But I was exposed enough to many of the things he wrote about to know the chaos and darkness Brian describes. It can sometimes feel a bit "icky" to think back on things you ...more
Noneareleft
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

Brian "Head" Welch's conversion to Christianity is a textbook example of a miracle, but by his own admission, not perfect.

Welch disclaims at the beginning of his book that he said and did a lot of bad things, so the autobiography was truly going to be warts and all. However, I believe this could have been accomplished without all of the sordid details. Like in the movies, it is enough for me to see a couple walk into the bedroom and shut the door,
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John
Whether or not you find Head’s message uplifting, it definitely makes for a fascinating read. Unlike most people likely to pick up this book, I was not a fan of Head’s music until he quit Korn and went solo, and I never had any feelings one way or the other about the manner in which he left the band.
SAVE ME FROM MYSELF is more honest and self-aware than the typical rock star autobiography. Head generally comes across as likable, but his anger problems and frequent violent outbursts diminish my r
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Carla JFCL
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was quite a book. First, I have to say that I have never been a fan of Korn (I do like some pretty raucous music, but they are just too heavy metal for my tastes) and although I was raised as a Lutheran I can't say I am a practicing Christian. However ... I loved this book. I added it to my Kindle reading list several months ago after hearing the author interviewed on an NPR show, and wanting to learn more about his story, because it sounded fascinating to me. From what little I knew of the ...more
Isaac
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
The book is sort of a mixture of Head's memoir, and his Christian testimony. It comes out as sort of an odd mixture.

As a memoir of his life and time with Korn it was interesting, and informative. Having grown up in the era of Korn, and having been a fan of their music in High School, I recall being thrilled when I learned that Head had became a Christian (a few years after I had), and was interested in learning more. In this book Head tells briefly of his childhood, his early musical endeavors (
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Winter Sophia Rose
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring, Encouraging, Insightful & Fascinating! I Loved It!
Heather
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I am giving this 3.5 stars. I found the book pretty interesting. It is not a literary masterpiece but I felt that the author did well explaining himself. I appreciated his honesty about his life and what finally gave him some peace. He wrote another book that I will probably read.
Emily Togstad
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emily Togstad
10/6/14
"Save Me from Myself"

I read the book “Save Me from Myself” written by Brian Welch. It was a biography. I have never read a biography before, and I was very cautious because I thought it would be very boring. To my surprise I really enjoyed the book. I loved learning about a band member from one of the bands that I like. Overall it was a very good book.

This book was about Brian’s life story. He talks a lot about his interest in music. His music interest influences his life gre
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The Loopy Librarian
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Inspiring and courageous testimony! When Korn was big in the 90s, I was listening to alternative rock like REM. I was never a metal head, so when a friend gave me this book to read, I didn't even know who Korn was. As it turns out, you don't really need to know Korn to appreciate the amazing journey of faith that Brian "Head" Welch took and relates in this book.

Brian is not the best of writers, but for this book that isn't really the point. He writes well enough to give his testimony of being sa
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Lionel Valdellon
Jan 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
The author, Brian “Head” Welch, was once lead guitarist of Korn, the highly-successful million-dollar-earning heavy rock (aka “nu-metal”) band. His story is staggering in its retelling of his past excesses. He was dangerously addicted to methamphetamines and alcohol, enslaved to a temper that led to spousal abuse, broken by selfishness and depression that poisoned all his relationships and threatened to endanger his young daughter. Plus he was soon a single father, and clueless as to how to rais ...more
Austin Hammond
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked reading “Save Me From Myself” by Brian “Head” Welch. It was a book that is about a man who is living the rockstar’s dream, having all the girls, money, and drugs and fame that you could ever want. The issue is his life still doesn't seem complete. He found himself in hard times. He was the lead guitarist of the rock band, Korn. Brian had some strong addictions and in the end found himself wrapped up in doing crystal meth and being highly addicted. He also has a daughter named Jenn ...more
Laura Slusar
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have completed in a long time, and it was hard to put down. It connected with me and deeply impacted me, but I could see how some people would unfortunately quit prematurely. Here is why.

There is no real seeking of a higher power or interest in God until the second half. The first half is uncensored, blunt, dark reality. It is a person's honest account of the process and world of addiction. I'm not saying that this book is "for addicts only"- it absolutely isn't- bu
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Brian Williams
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll couldn't satisfy Brian "Head" Welch's soul. Private jets, limousines, hundreds of willing women after each concert, big-balling it with Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Limp Bizkit, and others of like-fame did nothing for Brian, lead guitarist for the ultra-metal rock band Korn.

The beginning of Brian's wake up call came one day when he overheard his little Daughter Jeanna playfully skipping and singing one of Korn's songs ("All Day I Dream About Sex"). The inner struggle he'd
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Madevell
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: madi
so my review on this book was good i honestly had some good relations to this book not the heroin but i had some problems and while reading this book i was in a bad state at the time. I was going through a lot and while reading i had so many thoughts and could relate to this book so much and after reading it i was better it helped me realize a lot and i really love this book. Like in this book Brian was talking about his dad was a alcoholic and his dad wasn't abusive but he was a different perso ...more
Lisa Ashby
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. As a former HUGE fan of Korn, I remember when Head "went Christian", and I was more interested in his story as I developed my own relationship with God. The first half of this book is incredible. It's wrenching, violent, sad, and an honest testimony to what God can do in one person's life. The second half was good, but probably a bit weird for someone that is not a Christian or new to the Christian faith. Because, well, it was all a little weird for me too. Head goes from talk ...more
Erika
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, this was very insightful to understand the reasoning of "head" when he decided to become christian, and quit Korn.

Korn is my favorite band. I remember when I heard the news about Head leaving the band, it was a surprise to me, and I couldn't quite understand it. I thought, ok, he became a christian, Why does he need to quit the band? This book explains all of that, and gives some view into the band, that I never had before. It was very interesting.

Now, I just wish to understand, what's his
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Ryan
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really excellent book. It's fascinating to see behind the scenes into what was happening with Korn back during their heyday. Equally as fascinating is the spiritual transformation Welch went through as he came to know Jesus and was delivered from his addictions.

Welch emphasizes that his transformation didn't happen overnight. Even though there was a moment when he was finally delivered from his drug addiction, there were many "false starts" before he finally got to that point. That's true addict
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Zee
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, first of all, it took me a few hours to read this book. That is... I started in the evening, got some sleep at night and then right after waking up early in the morning, I went back to reading and finished the book.

I liked it for being quite honest and open - and not even the part before Brian got saved, but after he surrendered his life to God. It's one thing to just want to change one's life dramatically (and often, accepting Christ is such a change), but a lot of biographies end up "The
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Gabe Redel
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a good read that I couldn't put down. Usually when I finish a book, I feel a sense of accomplishment and am glad that I finished the journey. But, with this book, I really wished it would have went on for another three hundred pages. It was just so engaging. Brian's life will have you shocked, awed, and inspired, ready to start up that old garage band again. He talks about his days on tour and his days cleaning up from a major rockstar sized drug addiction. Both sides of the tale, ...more
Ashley Harbison
Jul 31, 2007 rated it liked it
Interesting.. I liked reading about what life is really like for a "rockstar" knowing that it isn't quite as glamorous as we all think it to be. Great story about him getting his life back together - but I thought some of the religious talk at the end of the book was a little over the top and it made me slightly uncomfortable. Overall, fun read.
Angela
Sadly, the man cannot write whatsoever, and he spends way too much time detailing Korn's formation without ever revealing any juicy facts. His conversion seems sincere; I only worry he's traded one addiction for another.
Nathan
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: franklin-library
Books like this always run the risk of cheesiness, but Welch avoids all that. Honest, earnest and encouraging.
June
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
very interesting. He sang in my hometown of Rochester Loved it!
Matthieu Adams
Sep 19, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: i wouldn't
this book sux now one ever forced him to do what he was doing Jon was going though the same but he didn't leave the band. i just read the book to learn both sides of the story.
Joy Laughridge
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it
An honest and interesting story of a radical transformation. I'm happy for Brian Welch because he was definitely a slave to his demons.
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