The real-life experiences of Christian music artists are often expressed through their music. Just like many of us, these performers have endured pain, loss and tragedies as well as joy and healing. As we sing along with their songs, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the meaning behind the lyrics. Many Christian singers have also written autobiographies to share their stories with us–the audience. The struggle and triumphs can influence each of us differently, and for these artists, they have found their way through the art of song. Here are some fan-favorite autobiographies from Christian singers and musicians.

Between Heaven & the Real World: My Story
By: Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman has been topping the music charts for decades with songs that reflect his personal journey and faith in Christ. In his book, Chapman shares fascinating details from his life and childhood as well as his marriage and family. Curtis also shares his grief after the accidental death of their 5-year-old daughter and wondered if he’d ever been able to sing again. But even in the midst of struggle, he chose to have hope, trusting in God. Readers will be challenged and inspired by this powerful testimony of a life lived with faith.

This Life I Live: One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever
By: Rory Feek

When Grammy® -nominated songwriter and farmer Rory Feek started a blog about life with his wife and music partner, Joey, and their children, he never imagined he’d be chronicling their final months together as she battled a fast-moving cancer. Readers will be moved by his story of love, loss and God’s faithfulness throughout the long goodbye. Together they helped each other discover purpose through music, faith and family.

Hope in Front of Me: Find Purpose in Your Darkest Moments
By: Danny Gokey

In the wake of his young wife’s death, Gokey rose to fame as the third-place American Idol finalist. In the midst of this excitement, he was shadowed by the pain of his loss. But, God met him just where he was, and Gokey found hope in healing. In his book, Gokey shares his reflections on his childhood, his wife’s death, his experience with the American Idol competition and his new life as an advocate for the disadvantaged.

By: Lecrae

Grammy® and Dove award-winning rap artist Lecrae has faced his share of hard-knocks on the road to healing and wholeness in Christ. A childhood survivor of abuse, he struggled throughout his young adulthood with drug use, alcoholism and suicidal feelings.

He became a Christian and was transformed by God’s love and forgiveness, which Lecrae now shares openly in his music.

Unashamed is a remarkable testimony of God’s boundless love and the power of God to change lives.

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.