Keep the Faith: A Memoir

Keep the Faith: A Memoir

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by Faith Evans
     
 

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It's been over ten years since Big was killed. I grieved for him for a very long time. And then, as time passed, the icy wall of grief surrounding my heart began to thaw and I began to heal. I remarried, had more children, and continued to record and release more music. I continued to live my life. And while I can never discount the time I spent with Big, I've

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It's been over ten years since Big was killed. I grieved for him for a very long time. And then, as time passed, the icy wall of grief surrounding my heart began to thaw and I began to heal. I remarried, had more children, and continued to record and release more music. I continued to live my life. And while I can never discount the time I spent with Big, I've never felt the need to live in the past.

But sometimes, I still find myself thinking about Big being rushed the hospital, and I break down in tears.

It's not just because we hung up on each other during what would be our last telephone conversation. And it's not because I am raising our son, a young man who has never known his father.

It's partly all of those things. But mainly it's because he wasn't ready to go. His debut album was called Ready to Die. But in the end, he wasn't. Big never got a chance to tell his story. It's been left to others to tell it for him. In making the decision to tell my own story, it means that I've become one of those who can give insight to who Big really was. But I can only speak on what he meant to me.

Yet I also want people to understand that although he was a large part of my life, my story doesn't actually begin or end with Big's death. My journey has been complicated on many levels. And since I am always linked to Big, there are a lot of misconceptions about who I really am.

I hope that in reading my words, there is inspiration to be found. Perhaps you can duplicate my success or achieve where I have failed. Maybe you can skip over the mistakes I've made. Use my life as an example-of what to do and in some cases, what not to do.

It's not easy putting your life out there for the masses. But I've decided I'll tell my own story. For Big. For my children. And for myself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446199513
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/03/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Faith Evans is a musical icon in her own right, dropping hit records such as Faith (1995), Keep the Faith (1998), Faithfully (2001), and The First Lady (2005).

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Faith Evans started her music career as a songwriter for artists like Hi-Five, Mary J. Blige, Pebbles, Al B. Sure, Usher, Tony Thompson, and Christopher Williams. Faith released four albums, all certified gold or platinum. She has also collaborated with many music industry legends, including Whitney Houston, Babyface, and Sting. In addition to a Grammy Award, Faith has received a Soul Train Music Award, two Lady of Soul Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. Faith also made an appearance in The Fighting Temptations, costarring Beyoncé Knowles and Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr.

Faith lives in California with her husband and four children.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Faith...we are not very far apart in age and neither are our daughters. I have waited so many years to hear her side of the story. This book is a true life story of everything that she went through to get to where she is today. She didn't sugar coat things at all. She cleared up alot of misconceptions.
Faith is a "Jersey Gurl" like myself...the time when "Bad Boy" was on the rise was a good time for me as well...You can relate to her during that era.
She loved "Big" you could never doubt that after reading this...she fell in love hard and fast..a very true love story lied between them even though it wasn't typical "Romeo & Juliet".You must read this book!!!
I got the book in the mail Saturday evening and was done by Monday morning...(it would've been done sooner except I did have to sleep for a few hours).
This gives the "raw" on how life is at times and it also shows you how years down the line your life may not end up what you imagined it to be. People grow up learn from their mistakes.
Faith is amazing woman who loves her husband and her children. She has always been one of my top 3 female R&B singers and this book proved why I always knew she was going to be legendary.
She survived alot & makes sure her son CJ knows of his fathers legacy.
Porsha29 More than 1 year ago
So i finally finished reading my faith evans book and after reading four books in a year i say hands down to her for having the courage to tell all wow i love that book the most because she kept in 100 all the way truely a page turner! I never really knew to much about Faith, but reading the book had me talking about it for a whole week. (In a good way) now my co-worker wants the book. Good Read, Great job!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am part of a book club and will admit I wasn't too interested in this book choice, but I'm soooo glad it was chosen! I love that Faith was real and so relatable; and it was good to read everything that may have been speculated straight from her. Truly enjoyed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually love this book and real and true
bookstothemax More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, I was hoping to learn more than I already knew from news & magazines. It was  good to hear  things from her perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a GREAT book its a MUST READ! if you love reading about people lives and stuff this is the one for you !! I couldn't stop reading I read this book in 5 days! Hope you like it!!
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BsWife More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read!! I have always enjoyed Faith's music and now I feel I know more about her as a person. I would definitely recommend this book? Great Job!!
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I thought this book was just gonna be about biggie but now that I read the book I feel like i know her on a whole different level like when she talks about what biggie put her through i actually felt bad for her cause she's like the definition if ride or die chick and what tupac did to her was grimey on sooo many levels like woow i give it up to her and i have soo much respect for her after reading this.
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LIPS00 More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome ! She was very honest and real on every page ! She created a personal sense of friendship between her and her readers ! I will definetely add it to my collection and read it again !
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AMY73 More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a GRATE BOOK. I learned a lot and loved every page a MUST READ FOR EVERYBODY.!!! MUCH BETTER THEN TOYA CARTERS UNCLASSY BOOK. FAITH,S BOOKS GRATE CLASSY.! A CLASSIC MEMIOR.!!!! A MUST READ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gave me a full view into the life of Faith Evans. Now I know what's really behind the music. She's not perfect but she's real and this book was as real as it gets. A great read.
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Tiarre pierce More than 1 year ago
This really is a great book and is worth every penny. She has really ben through a lot. I read this book twice.
Vonniesview More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of Faith Evans I was impressed by this book. She was open and honest about her relationship and put a lot of false rumors to rest.
CherriDwum4 More than 1 year ago
Daps to Faith Evans! I could not put this book down! I admire her so much ...shes a talented strong women. Loved how she writes her life story ....shes real
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