Published by Baker Books on October 7th 2014
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The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her grandmother forced her to go to church, a place Lacey thought was filled with hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. The screaming match she had with her grandmother was the reason she went to church. What she found there was the Reason she is alive today.
With raw vulnerability, this hard rock princess tells her own story of physical abuse, drug use, suicide attempts, and more--and her ultimate salvation. She asks the hard questions so many young people are asking--Why am I here? Why am I empty? Why should I go on living?--showing readers that beyond the temporary highs and the soul-crushing lows there is a reason they exist and a purpose for their lives. She not only gives readers a peek down the rocky path that led her to become a vocalist in a popular hardcore band, but she shows them that the same God is guiding their steps today.
It has never been a secret that I have a soft spot for female fronted rock bands. One of my favorites is a band called Flyleaf. So, when my obsession grew past the glorified “emo throwback” playlist on spotify, I was shocked to see that Lacey Sturm, the band’s founding member and vocalist, had written a book. I scoffed when I realized it was all about God and hope. You see, this was the ending, and therefore the highest point, of my rebellious teenage years. I waited a few years to read it, and looking back, I really shouldn’t have.
The Reason is a story of hope in some of the darkest moments of life. I have recommended it to good friends who have varying religious beliefs, and they can all agree on one thing: this book is inspiring. It is beautifully written; the pages are filled with a poetry-like tone that keeps you wanting to post quotes on Instagram. I found myself crying more than once throughout the book, from the sheer beauty of life that Lacey reminds us of through the 196 pages. When it was done, I found myself counting down the days until her next book would be released.
It was a nice reminder that beautiful stories do not always have to be works of fiction.
I let a friend borrow my original copy, hoping she wouldn’t mind the highlights, notes and doodles I had made throughout the book. She ended up keeping it, in all its obviously pre-owned glory. At first, I was nervous to be apart from it, I somehow knew once I lent it out I would not get it back. But I understood that, the book becomes personal to whoever reads it after only the first few pages. Everyone can find something to relate to in it. I ended up getting a new copy as a gift a few months later. Reading it a second time still held all the same emotions.
I rated it 4.5 stars because I want to be cautious of my fangirl tendencies. As well as the religious tones that may be a little too much for some people. But, if you frequent the blog, you are aware that this book was one of my most recommended books of 2016, and for a good reason.