As a music listener I fall into that category of pathetic people who have no clue which artist sings which songs. Prior to reading Jeremy Camp’s memoir, “I Still Believe”, I know I could have told you that Jeremy Camp is a Christian singer…and that’s about all. I don’t think I could have confidently named a single one of his songs. As it turns out, I’m very familiar with his music and I’m now very glad I’ve read his story. I love memoirs in general and “I Still Believe” is no exception. Whether a person is young or old, famous or not, makes little difference; so much of what we experience in life is universal, and because it is we can gain so much from one another’s experiences and insights.
What Jeremy Camp’s memoir succeeds in doing is showing his passion for God, his sincere love for people, and a true humility in his calling. As he walks his readers through the story of his wife’s death and the grief and suffering that entailed, he is able to testify to God’s goodness even in the midst of personal tragedy. This is a book that will encourage you in your faith and strengthen you as you walk through trials and suffering. It’s not Jeremy’s testimony alone that will speak to you, however. It’s also the testimony of his parents and how their passion for Jesus and their faith in God’s goodness influenced their children. Finally, it’s a tribute to Jeremy’s first wife Melissa, memorializing her love for others and her desire to be used by God whether in life or death.
“I Still Believe” offers a lot of incidental insights into the importance of worship-particularly during the times in our life when that’s the last thing we feel like doing. You’ll gain an appreciation of the nitty-gritty, behind-the-scenes aspects of the music industry, and ultimately- especially if you’re a pathetic music listener like me, you’ll acquire a deep appreciation of the heart and experiences behind Jeremy Camp’s songs and you’ll even be able to identify them as his.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.