Sinner's Creed - Scott Stapp

5 Stars!!!!!

Sinner’s Creed is the uncensored memoir of Scott Stapp, Grammy Award–winning leader of the multiplatinum rock band CREED. During CREED’s decade of dominance and in the years following the band’s breakup, Scott struggled with drugs and alcohol, which led not only to a divorce, but also to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 2006. Now clean, sober, and in the midst of a highly successful solo career, Scott has finally come full circle—a turnaround he credits to his renewed faith in God.

Sinner's Creed, Scott shares his story for the first time—from his fundamentalist upbringing, the rise and fall of CREED, and his ongoing battle with addiction, the rediscovery of his faith, and the launch of his solo career. The result is a gripping memoir that is proof positive that God is always present in our lives, despite the colossal mess we sometimes make of them.  

Scott Stapp, the lead singer of the acclaimed rock band Creed, is expected to release his newest book, Sinner’s Creed, on Oct. 2, via Tyndale House Publishers. He co-wrote the memoir with David Ritz. It is a chronological account of his life from the time he was born until the present and it showcases all of the trials and tribulations he went through during his childhood days.
He also tackles such issues as his drug addiction, as well as his alcoholic drinking and his suicide attempts, among other hardships he endured.
It also includes references to his Christian faith, as well as some of his band’s greatest accolades whether it was winning a Grammy award, or selling 35 million album copies, among other achievements that most bands would someday dream of accomplishing.

Well let me start by saying that I AM a huge fan of Creed!!! They are one of my all-time favorite groups. So I was so excited to see that Scott had written a memoir and even more excited that it was up for grabs as a review book! I think I may have actually screeched a little.

This book certainly did not disappoint me! It starts out when he was very young and talks about his family - his step-father and the abuse he suffered under him. With Scott, you go through him leaving for college, his first job, his first band, their first album, drug addiction, heavy drinking, his failed first marriage, the birth of his son, and then finally finding the woman of his dreams and realizing he had a problem and needed to seek help.

But... the one constant during all this turbulence was his faith in God! Through all the drugs and drinking and the fame, he never once gave up on God. It was truly his strong faith that saved him more than once.
"I had gone from the poverty of my youth to considerable wealth - and I was only thirty-three. How could things be any better?"
"How could things be any worse? I'd been assailed by a battery of pernicious drugs - Prednisone for my ailing throat, OxyContin for the injuries sustained in a car accident - whose side effects fueled my undiagnosed chronic depression. I was a mess."
 Their first hit song was "My Own Prison". All through the book Scott talks about how he felt like he was living in his own prison and how this song was so fitting for his own life.
"These lyrics sprang from my unconscious. I didn't deliberate. I didn't sit down and try to figure anything out. The words just flowed. The prison I wrote about was my own making, not God's. And I was guilty as charged - but of what?"
"I was struggling to say goodbye to all the negativity. "I am entitled to overcome" I wrote. My message was simple - no matter how many times you fall, you have to get back up again. You never run out of chances. That's what God's grace means to me. through Jesus Christ we're all entitled to overcome."
For those of you who are not familiar with Creed's songs - they are a Rock group, but... if you listen close you will find amazing lyrics! In each song you will find a not so hidden message, about prayer, about God, and Grace, and faith. They are not just a rock band and Scott Stapp is not just a singer song writer. He is a man of God with a strong faith and a message to sing about!

This is a bare all memoir that takes you into the life of a rock star into hell and back.

Another thing I loved about this book was that it really read like a story. You feel like you step into Scott's world, get to know his family and band members, feel what it is like to be in his shoes.
At the end of this book is a section with all the lyrics of his songs from every CD. Scott says that his lyrics are his life and that you can't really understand him without understanding the songs.
"I thank God for all that is good and great in this world. I thank Him for allowing me to tell my story. The glory is his."
This is the video of my favorite Creed song. I did not know at the time that he actually did come close to taking his own life.

Thank you so much "Tyndale Blog Network" for sending me this amazing book to read and review!


  1. Oh wow. Sounds awesome. I had no idea he had a book out.

  2. I really like Stapp and Creed a lot too, so this book really looks interesting to me. I love it when a man is not afraid to talk about his love of God. It really makes me happy that all that alpha-male behavior doesn't apply to Stapp. Great review today!

    1. If you are a fan of Creed then you will love this book Heather! God and Jesus is a constant throughout the whole book. He definitely is not afraid to tell that he is a christian! Very interesting story! and great pictures! LOL doesn't hurt.