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by Lecrae Moore

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If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection.

Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Along the way, Lecrae attained an


If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection.

Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be a Christian in a secular age.

This is the story of one man's journey to faith and freedom.

Learn more at Lecrae.com and UnashamedBook.com.

*Cover/Interior design by Alex Medina, photography by Mary Caroline Mann

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Born in Houston, abandoned by his father, and raised by a determined mother, Grammy Award–winning hip-hop artist Lecrea set out in life determined to make a mark in this world and change the society that would often treat him so poorly. Guided by uncles who provided a positive environment and much-needed male guidance, Lecrea discovered a love for hip-hop early in life, his music providing an escape from a sometimes abusive family situation and giving him an outlet for his hopes and dreams. His encounter with Christian rappers, and his discovery of a sense of God moving in his everyday life, fully formed the young man into a popular and successful hip-hop artist and positive role model. In this bold, revealing book, Lecrea depicts an unconventional life course that, he feels, was the only way out of dire circumstances: “I was determined to be for these kids what I needed but never had: a strong male figure who they could look up to, confide in, and lean on.” This is a wonderfully inspirational and entertaining story. (May)
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“Lecrae’s story is as real as it gets. The rawness, pain, and brutal honesty make it a tremendously gripping read, but the sheer beauty of his journey to redemption makes it something you’ll want to share with others, and I certainly hope you will. This book will change lives.”

Eric Metaxas, New York Times Bestselling author of Bonhoeffer and Miracles

"Knowing Lecrae's unique story and gifts, this book has been a long time coming and is essential to not only those interested in his music and hip-hop, but also those wanting to better understand the intersection between faith and culture and what it looks like to be in the world but not of it.”

Matt Chandler, lead Pastor of The Village Church, President of the Acts 29, author of The Mingling of Souls

"This is an artistic coming-of-age story with all the brokenness and beauty of our American reality and our Christian hope. It's not just the story of how a boy became a man, or how a lost soul found faith, but how an artist found his voice. There's so much here for those who care about the intersection of deep faith with great art. Lecrae is showing the rest of us how it is done."

Andy Crouch, executive editor, Christianity Today, author of Culture Making

"If you love beautiful music, powerful stories, or the Lord Jesus Christ, you will not be able to put this book down. Lecrae doesn't hold back in Unashamed; there is no "Christian-ese" or posturing in this memoir. Instead, he takes the reader through his grace-filled journey from abandonment to community, from brokenness to wholeness, from a life lost in the world to one found in the arms of God. This must-read book is for hip-hop heads and believers, artists and seekers, and anyone who wants to know more about one of the most compelling artists of our time. I expect that millions of people will read this book, discover more about Lecrae, and be inspired to walk with Jesus themselves, unashamed."

Joshua DuBois, spiritual advisor to President Obama, author of The President's Devotional, and founder of Values Partnerships

"Historically, hip-hop has been used to express sexuality, frustration, materialism, and even violence. But this is the amazing story of how one brilliant young artist, my friend Lecrae, transformed a powerful music style into a tool for sharing God’s love, fulfilling God’s purposes, and glorifying God’s name.
I love and respect Lecrae because of his authenticity and his courage. His raw lyrics are snapshots from his own heart and God has used his honesty to reach audiences who’d never listen to so-called 'church' music. In order to be what God wants him to be, Lecrae has been willing to push limits and break through boundaries. He’s a modern-day prophet, purpose-driven rather than popularity-driven, or prosperity-driven.
You’ve heard his music; now you can learn about his life’s experiences that made Lecrae the great Christian artist and leader he is today. I promise you, regardless of the kind of music you listen to, you’ll love this book."
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and The Hope You Need
"From extreme humble beginnings to what many would describe as a dream platform, Lecrae puts his journey in perspective. He recognizes all too well the identity crisis and this generation’s need to be unashamed of the gospel. I recommend this book for whomever is interested in seeing how God is authoring the journey of a fatherless generation in need of the navigator."

Eric Mason, lead pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, author of Unleashed

"Honest. Rare. Freeing. Lecrae is one of the most talented people I know. His story will leave you inspired and challenged. Unashamed reminds us just how powerful the Gospel is. Jesus turns our scars into our stories. This is a story you will want to read!"

Louie Giglio, Passion City Church / Passion Conferences, author of The Comeback

"Lecrae has never fit in any boxes, and in this book he once again breaks the mold to create an identity all his own—the hip hop artist as worldview thinker. The book starts by relating the emotionally turbulent, completely absorbing story of his life, and ends by presenting his innovative thoughts on a Christian worldview approach to hip hop. Lecrae continues to be a delightfully unpredictable anomaly."

Nancy Pearcey, author, Total Truth and Finding Truth

"It's a rare privilege to see a prophetic story unfold before your very eyes. When it does, you pay attention. Lecrae's Unashamed gives us the raw account of a rare leader stirred by the heart of God to shape culture by creating it."

Gabe Lyons, Q, author of Good Faith

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Meet the Author

Lecrae is a Grammy award winning hip-hop artist whose 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Lecrae has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, including a win in 2013 for Best Gospel Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015, as well as won seven Dove Awards, secured one Billboard Music Award nomination, won two Soul Train Music Awards and a BET Hip Hop Awards nomination. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children.

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Anonymous 21 days ago
I think this book needs to be read. It tells a great story about Lecraes life, and how he made it through his hard, and troubled life. I love him and his music!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Lecrae has a great story so this book will be great. I love his albumn church clothes &hearts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every page I turn in this book, I always feel like I traveled back in time to see Lecrae's life. The transparency on Unashamed is marvelous and awesome! I recommend this book for those who never had a father in their lives and those who want to be accepted by people. Lecrae tackles every issue he went through and relates it back to the reader. Its almost like he's talking to you. I know that's how I felt. Overall, Lecrae published a gem in the world of reading. I thank God for men like Lecrae that have intense testimonies and God still brings them out of iniquity. When you buy this book, you're going to look at Lecrae differently, in a great way! Thank you for this book Lecrae! God bless you and the readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im soo xited to see him at creation :) i saw him at his higher learning tour it was awesome !!!! He is an awesome man i greatly admire him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Round of applause. Round of applause. Congratulations, you beat them odds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read.
MaeLeta More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!!!!! A raw picture on the artist I have listened to for a while now. He opens up to tell his story about his struggle of growing up, facing the streets, being a teen, being a male without a father figure, becoming a rapper and a Christian; as well as, his struggle as being taken serious with his message by non-Christians and Christians alike. I don't know anyone who couldn't relate to his story on some level. Even if you are not a Christian or not a inner city kid his life story depicts the struggles that a lot of youth have to go through in todays world. As I was reading it I saw the kids I work with, the kids I encounter in the community, and even myself in some area's. I suggest this read for anyone and everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very impressed with this book. I feel this book is very relatable to todays world. This books talks about real issues that many people are afraid to deal with or admit to. I did not expect Lecrae to be so forthcoming with his past and his struggles. It makes him seem very human with how he addresses his real issues.