Sinner's Creed [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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.

In 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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781414377216
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 6,838
  • File size: 7 MB

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SINNER'S CREED

A MEMOIR
By SCOTT STAPP DAVID RITZ

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 Scott Stapp
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-6456-8


Chapter One

ANTHONY

As a young kid I wanted to fly like Superman, so I'd put a towel around my neck and jump off the roof of my house. I thought I was indestructible. I was born with a burning desire to be a superhero.

For the longest time I thought this was confidence. Now I see it as a complex. Whatever you call it, I had a drive to be great at all things—athletics, academics, music. Everything was a competition, and I wanted to win.

My mother said that even as a baby, I was fearless. In a way, I suppose the circumstances of my life required me to be. My father left my mother, my two baby sisters, and me when I was a kid. From that moment I decided I would be my mom's protector and my family's savior.

We were dirt poor, living in a tiny two-bedroom, one-bathroom house in a low-income community. Like everyone else in our neighborhood, we lived off food stamps. I was going to save my family from poverty.

I remember when I was only about six years old and we were all in bed—Mom, my sisters, and I—and Mom started to cry.

"What's wrong?" I asked.

"I don't know how we're going to pay our utility bills," she said.

I stood up on the bed and made a declaration: "When I grow up, I'm going to be bigger than Elvis and pay all the bills and buy you a fancy house and a fancy car. I'm also going to become president of the United States like President Reagan."

"You can't be both," Mom told me.

"Yes, I can. I'll be Elvis during the week and the president on the weekends."

Mom laughed, but she saw I was serious-minded. She knew she could trust me. By age seven, I was cooking food on a stove for my two young siblings since Mom didn't get home from her job at JCPenney until 8 p.m. I loved my mother more than life itself. I'd do anything for her. I wanted to be a big boy and fix everything for her and the rest of my family.

* * *

I was born Anthony Scott Flippen on August 8, 1973, at Orlando Regional Medical Center. My biological father was Richard Flippen, whose family had emigrated from Ireland. Richard was in the printing business, and he was also a Marine. I remember him as a man's man-tall and strong, with big muscles, and very funny. Richard worked out with free weights in our carport. I wanted to be just like him, so I'd follow him around, picking up weights and saying, "I strong, Daddy."

He mentored the football players at Lake Brantley High, and he would let me watch their practices. Seeing the athletes throw and tackle, block and kick, I would constantly tell him, "I can do that. I'm tougher than that. I'm not scared, Daddy."

My memories of the man are few, but I cherish the ones I have. For those first few years of my life, my father made me feel happy and safe.

Then came the day I was sitting in my dad's lap watching a Road Runner cartoon. Dad and I were laughing and having a great time, but I wanted to get closer to the television. So I lay on the floor, as close as I could get to the screen. At one point I turned back to my father to share another laugh and say, "Wasn't that funny, Daddy?" But he was no longer in the chair.

I ran to Mom.

"Where's Daddy?"

"He's not home."

"When's he coming home?"

"He'll be back soon, Anthony."

But he wasn't. He never came back at all.

Mom had nothing to say about Dad's disappearance. No further explanation was given.

I can't remember any fights between my parents. Mom married him when she was eighteen years old, half his age. Later I learned he had been married to someone else before Mom and had two sons. I never got to meet my half brothers. Many years later I learned that his younger son, Ricky, died after a long battle with alcohol and drugs. An overdose. For my entire life, nearly everything about my father's past was shrouded in mystery.

After Dad left, my sisters, Amanda and Amie, and I were sometimes taken to his tiny home in Clermont, Florida, not far from Orlando. We were told to watch television and not move from the couch. We watched The Gong Show while he and Mom talked in the bedroom with the door closed.

When it came to his interactions with me, Dad was distant. He didn't seem particularly enthusiastic about our visiting his place. He put up with us, but he didn't act like the dad I had loved or the dad who had once loved me. I never asked what happened between him and Mom. I just wanted Dad to move back home with us. He never did. Soon those infrequent visits stopped entirely, and just like that, he was out of my life.

With Dad gone and Mom working, I was unsupervised and free to roam the streets. I was a daredevil, and I wasn't afraid to try things other kids wouldn't do. I especially liked to impress the older kids. If one of the big kids wanted to break into a house but could only pry open a window slightly, he'd dare me to slip in. I was never one to pass on a dare. I'd sneak right in and open the front door for him.

At school, other kids made fun of me for not having a dad. They teased me for having to go to the school counselor twice a week for my misbehavior and my radically changing moods. Some of the bullies labeled me as one of the slow kids. I compensated by being the class clown who jumped on top of the desk and cracked jokes whenever the teacher left the room. I loved the attention. In my mind, the only way to win approval and acceptance from my classmates was by acting the fool.

Early on, there were divisions in my behavior—on one hand, the dutiful son wanting to please and protect, and on the other, the rebellious wild child. Even as a kid riding my bike to 7-Eleven to play Pac-Man, I thought I was the head of my household. This ego would haunt me throughout my life—an attitude that said, There's nothing I can't do; there's nothing too big for me; I can be all things to all people.

And yet, in the midst of this premature self-reliance and artificially pumped-up self-regard, I was introduced to a force far greater than myself. During this difficult period—before, during, and after my mom and dad broke up—I met God.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from SINNER'S CREED by SCOTT STAPP DAVID RITZ Copyright © 2012 by Scott Stapp. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Anthony 1

Chapter 2 Ancient Wisdom 5

Chapter 3 Roll Tide 11

Chapter 4 Paradoxes and Pyromania 21

Chapter 5 The Righteous Routine 29

Chapter 6 Soul 39

Chapter 7 High School Heroics 49

Chapter 8 On My Own 59

Chapter 9 Lost at Lee 69

Chapter 10 Doors of Perception 83

Chapter 11 Band of Brothers 91

Chapter 12 Grip Your Soul 101

Chapter 13 The Einstein of Rock and Roll 113

Chapter 14 Breaking Out 123

Chapter 15 A Man of Clay 133

Chapter 16 Tragedy Strikes 143

Chapter 17 Weathered 153

Chapter 18 Two MP5 Machine Guns 167

Chapter 19 Swimming to the Rainbow 179

Chapter 20 The Great Divide 187

Chapter 21 Jaclyn 195

Chapter 22 Crossing the Great Divide 207

Chapter 23 Full Circle 211

Chapter 24 Step by Step 219

Afterword: Sinners Creed 229

Appendix: Song Lyrics 233

Acknowledgments 291

About the Authors 293

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Loved it!

    I have always been fascinated with Creed and especially Scott Stapp. I connected to their lyrics and now I know why. This book was amazing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Never have I read a book in less than a week. This book was so amazing,it was hard to put down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    healing

    Well done and heart felt. We all have our demons to fight. Doing it in the public's eye is quite a different beast. May Mr. Stapp continue to lead us to healing as he embarks on his own.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Sinners Creed!

    Dive into the world of Scott Stapp. From a troubled childhood....to drug problems as an adult, that led up to a near death accident. And the bands troubles. See how a sinner who looses it all, begins on the long road to recovery. I found it very difficult to put this book down. A must read for all creed fans!!! Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Must Read

    If you are a Creed fan and love Scott Stapp this book is a must read! I read it in the course of 2 evenings as I could not put it down. Very well written and really lets you inside Scott's journey and provides insight into Creed's song lyrics. Love, love, love this book! Now listening to my favorite Creed songs will be even more meaningful!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Awesome!

    Im a huge Creed fan and to read about all the struggles that he and the band have gone through helps me gain a better understanding to their music. I absolutely love that he added the lyrics to the songs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Loved it

    I have always enjoyed the music of Creed, but I would not consider myself a die hard fan or anything, just the music that was on the radio and stuff. But I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it for anyone, not just the die hard fans. I admire the courage it takes to write a book like this when you have to be so vulnerable, and I loved how God gets the glory in the end.

    I hate to see how some people (like a person in the book) use God as a way to control others, and completely portray God as a dictator. Praise God that Scott was able to eventually see the real person of Jesus Christ and God the Father.

    Loved it, recommend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Amazing book

    Painful truths about the life of one of our biggest rock stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    I'm not even sure how to describe my perspective of this book.  

    I'm not even sure how to describe my perspective of this book.  As a story, it was very interesting.  The writing was well done.  Scott had a bad home life and I feel sorry for anyone raised in an environment where God is viewed as Someone who demands perfection.   That is not the God I know.  But neither am I completely comfortable with the idea of God being tolerant of anything and everything.  I'm not sure how much I would recommend this book.  Scott did overcome a lot of hurdles with his addictions, but where to from here?  It left a lot of unanswered questions as well.  I didn't make it through all the lyrics at the end of the book.  It's not really my style of reading and they were quite depressing.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    Great That He Turned His Life Around. I'm happy for him. He had

    Great That He Turned His Life Around. I'm happy for him. He had to be brave to let us into his life like this. The book has some good elements, but a lot of it was rambling and meaningless, or trivial. I am always interested in literature, so his education interested me. Sometimes he didn't say much about an incident or interaction, just a flat statement. I do appreciate the glowing comments about his beloved wife, children and mother-in-law. This book looks like a showcase for his lyric-writing talents. His story had some insightful moments and some valuable lessons, but I am not a fan, and I have nothing in common with him, so this was not striking any chords with me.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    Now that I've read his book, my big regret is I've never heard h

    Now that I've read his book, my big regret is I've never heard him perform. For this man to have successfully survived his terrible childhood speaks loudly of both his tenacity and God's grace. He was raised in a God fearing home by his mother and abusive stepfather. Not only was he beaten for what he did wrong, but he also was beaten weekly for unknown wrongs. His stepfather had him write a biblical analysis of the books in the Bible which gave him a deeper understanding of God and the Bible. Not allowed to date or go to the movies, he listened to black gospel music, concealed other music and became a fabulous basketball and baseball player with full scholarships offered for college. He left home when his stepfather spanked his mother and brutally beat him, but was allowed to stay at his private school because of his high academic and athletic status plus working as a janitor. After graduation, self-doubt led him to ask his father for advice about the offers from the Naval Academy, Vanderbilt, and the University of Pennsylvania. His lying father said they weren't full scholarships and he should go to Lee, a Christian school in Tennessee. What a mistake! After he went hiking with two boys there and was persuaded to smoke marijuana, he was questioned by the administration and admitted he had smoked it. They promptly expelled him. What appeared to be the worst thing turned out to set Scott on a course of going to Florida, putting together a band of four, and naming it Creed. He wrote lyrics based on his own life that are interspersed throughout the book or written at the end. But an inner storm was growing. He experienced enormous physical and emotional pain. His wife tried to commit suicide due to extreme postpartum depression, his infant son needed care, his parents came to help him, and his throat was hurting horribly. Ultimately the steroid, anti-inflammatory drugs given him for his throat would be the start of more and more drugs for pain, depression, and sleep. It would take the intervention of his next wife, the loss of his band and his attendance at two different drug and alcohol centers to get him back on track and once more performing. This book is so amazing you must read it.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    I have been a Creed fan since the release of their first album &

    I have been a Creed fan since the release of their first album & was very excited to read this book. I love the open honesty that Scott shares in this book & how he accepts the blame where he went wrong in areas & lets everybody in to what he went through in his life growing up. You really feel what Scott went through to get him to where he is today. Great read. It made me also break out all of my Creed & his solo cd that I hadn't listened to in a while & you understand where he was coming from lyrically at different points in time.

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com I receiv

    See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com




    I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.




    If you were around during the golden days of Creed, you may be interested in picking up this book. Lead singer Scott Stapp pens this memoir in a fresh perspective of faith from a celebrity's point of view. We get an intimate look into the life of a rock star who, just like the rest of us, struggled to find himself in life. This was extremely interesting to read (and listen to). Stapp is candid and honest as we step into his shoes through his abused childhood, battle with drugs, and his attempt at suicide. He doesn't sugar-coat the realities of stardom, but he does add an element we often don't hear about: God.




    This book pressed me with the hope it gave. This isn't just a memoir or a "tell-all" compilation. It's a message that people in their most desperate circumstances need to hear. He talks about how even though he refused God and chose the most destructive path he possibly could, God still had a plan for him and as he looks back, he can say with confidence that God was always there. Many times when we go through difficult times we question God and ask where He is, but the truth is that He hasn't move. It's us. We lose faith and trust and hold tightly to our problems and don't allow God the opportunity to refine it into something valuable. Right here in Sinner's Creed we are shown that no matter how stubborn pr doubtful we are, God still has a plan. He's knocking and He's waiting for us to open the door to redemption and new life. There is hope.




    I think everyone should read this book at least once. It can be extremely inspirational and eye-opening. His CD Proof of Life is still in the style of Creed, so if you enjoy hard rock then you should listen to it and you will probably enjoy it. The lyrics are just as poetic and heartfelt, just in a different kind of voice. If anything, I would encourage you to pick up the book and read it. You just might learn something from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    A good read

    I found this book to be informative and inspiring. Scott tells his life story, what he has been through and the meaning of God in his life. Definitely worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Read it

    A truly asome testamoney

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Scott Stapp, lead singer of the group Creed, shares his life sto

    Scott Stapp, lead singer of the group Creed, shares his life story. He shares his story of his growing up years, all the way through the establishment of Creed, their rise to fame, his struggles with addiction and depression, leading up to the break-up of his band. He shares the story of his downward spiral in the years after Creed, culminating in his fall off a hotel balcony. He also shares his story of struggling with addiction, and taking responsibility for his choices.

    I was not that familiar with Scott Stapp or Creed before reading this book. I had not even heard about his fall off the balcony in 2006 on the news. I had heard of his group Creed, and in particular their song Arms Wide Open when it was being played frequently on the radio and had always enjoyed the timbre of Stapp’s voice, but was not at all familiar with his story. His story of family struggles was painful to read and my heart broke for him when reading his story of his rejection by his father and the cruelty of his step-father. His faith was inspiring to read about, although I was a little confused by his resistance to Creed being known as a Christian group. I appreciated his explanation that he felt unworthy of being considered a Christian because he felt like he was a fallen Christian.

    I hope that he is able to maintain his sobriety and enjoy his family. I enjoyed this book very much and I think this story would appeal to a lot of people, fans of Creed’s music, people who struggle with substance abuse issues or family issues, or people who enjoy reading about God’s redemptive work in one person’s life. I think this book is a perfect demonstration of the power of God's grace in a person's life, and that people can change their lives. Overall, this was an interesting book.

    I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    Read as part of the Tyndale House summer reading program. Well w

    Read as part of the Tyndale House summer reading program. Well written book and great story. Scott has an amazing story of a screwed up childhood where a dad took God out of context to beat his kids and be a dictator. Scott was slowly able to overcome all of this after a many year battle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    This was a well written book that I enjoyed.  I felt his pain in

    This was a well written book that I enjoyed.  I felt his pain in his words, actions and music.  I pray that he never loses his faith to not be who he really is, and that is God's son.  He was brutally honest in parts and I appreciated his vulnerability in talking about some of his mistakes and triumphs.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    This is the story of the lead singer of the band Creed. It is i

    This is the story of the lead singer of the band Creed. It is interesting and well written. It starts with a most dramatic, near death experience Scott experienced and then goes back to his childhood. He was raised knowing God by a Bible-thumping, overly strict, mean stepfather, which caused extreme emotional problems, both then and for many years to come. The book tells how Creed started, and then dissolved. Scott is open about his drug and alcohol abuse and his long recovery. I enjoyed seeing the pictures in the book and if you are a fan of Creed, he has all the lyrics to his songs in the back of the book.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    Outstanding. A work of art. An emotional memoir. Five star. Auth

    Outstanding. A work of art. An emotional memoir. Five star. Authentic. 




    Sinner's Creed speaks of the new life found in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ:  the pain of the past, the hope for the future. In Sinner's Creed, Scott Stapp takes off the mask and speaks straight to the heart. 




    Sinner's Creed plunges into the life, heart, and soul of Creed's lead singer, Scott Stapp. The story line moves as Scott leads readers through his journey:  his past, his hurts,  his regrets, and the power of Jesus Christ to accept seekers with  arms wide open. He  expresses the sorrows of divorce and the random, bizarre abuse of his childhood. His saga continues with the rise and fall of his music career, and the story follows His recovery from addiction and starting new taking life step by step. The last chapter is especially well done. 




    In Sinner's Creed, Scott Stapp puts off the old garments of addiction, depression, and sin and joyfully walks the redeemed life. A new day dawns within the pages of this book. Sinner's Creed is a fresh look, a fresh start, and a fresh inspiration to those who face the battles of the mind, those who fight self-destructive behavior, and those who find themselves surrounded by darkness. Passionate Father Son imagery flows throughout the text. 




    Sinner's Creed, a story rich with God's fingerprints marking the clay of Scott Stapp's life, records God's great love for His creation. Need an opportunity to share the transformative work of the gospel through another's testimony. Looking for perseverance. Follow God's hand full-circle. 




    I highly recommend this book. 

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