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Unfinished Work

Unfinished Work

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by Kevin Max

Kevin Max knows what it's like to not fit in, to make mistakes, to be seen as "out there" by some people in the church. In his years on the road, he has come into contact with thousands of young Christians and seekers who identify with that experience. In Unfinished Work, Kevin offers honest encouragement to Christians struggling to be real and live the life


Kevin Max knows what it's like to not fit in, to make mistakes, to be seen as "out there" by some people in the church. In his years on the road, he has come into contact with thousands of young Christians and seekers who identify with that experience. In Unfinished Work, Kevin offers honest encouragement to Christians struggling to be real and live the life they were called to live. He illustrates his ideas with fascinating stories from his life as a musician, complemented by behind-the-scenes photographs from his own collection.

Through Unfinished Work, readers will learn to find their strength and meaning in God alone, and they will see themselves as the unique and creative individuals God made them to be.

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Ask most any artist to explain what he does-why he writes music, what it means, how he does it-and you're likely to get the same five-word answer: "The song says it all."

It's understandable. Writing songs, making records,
standing on a stage and singing your heart out-they're personal forms of expression. And the best music, the most honest and up front, encapsulates the essence of the person who created it. It's a mirror held up to an artist's soul, a way of being real, exposing your deepest thoughts and feelings, and that shouldn't need any further explanation.

If a song touches a listener, stirs something in the spirit, or makes a connection that rings true, that's all anyone really needs to know. A song that succeeds in saying what the artist truly intends is one of the best, most complete, and most satisfying forms of communication
God has given us. A song really can "say it all."

But I also understand why audiences and fans want to know what's behind the music that moves them. We've all had that magical moment: we hear the lyrics and melody, and it's as if suddenly someone is singing exactly how we feel, what we think or believe, hope or fear. A
right song at the right time speaks for us in a way that maybe we can't,
summing up perfectly the unique mix of emotion and experience, passion and perplexity, that makes us who we are. "How did he know?" is the question we find ourselves asking when we hear a song that puts into words and notes the truth of who we are and who we want to be. Considering the incredible ability of music to reach us and teach us, it's no wonder we're curious about how that miracle is accomplished.

That is why I wanted to write this book.

I've been a songwriter and musician most of my life. I know the power and the responsibility that come with the gift. I
can't count all the times fans and friends have told me that a track on an album or a song in a concert meant something special to them. In those moments, the look they give me is one full of expectation, as if they're waiting for me to reveal how I could stare into their lives and make music out of what I found there. And I always feel that I've disappointed them a little when I shrug and smile and tell them, "The song says it all."

It's true. The song does say it all if it's honest and from the heart and drawn from real life. Maybe that just means we all share more than we imagine; everybody is connected by common chords,
musical and otherwise, that we can recognize when they're touched.

But I also think it means that there really is a story behind every song. Music stands on its own, but it doesn't exist in a vacuum. Artists draw inspiration every day from what they see around them and what they feel inside them. The circumstances and situations sparking that inspiration explain a lot about the person who sings the song as well as the one who is listening. I've heard it said that context is everything, and I believe it. The right song at the right time can change a person's life. But no one's life can be summed up in a song.
Music, at its best, can be the expression of a person's individual reality. Maybe knowing a little of the history-what went into the message and meaning of a song-could help others who are trying to make sense of their lives, just like that artist.

When I first had the idea for this book, I knew I wanted to say many things. The story of my life, from being an adopted baby to becoming one-third of a major musical attraction called dc Talk,
is as much a part of me as the music I've been making for most of those years. I've had more than my share of high drama and low comedy,
surreal situations and conflicting conditions. Searching for my birth parents, finding my voice in dc Talk, learning to live with the woman I love as a husband and as a friend, keeping hold of my soul in the music industry big leagues, and most important, trying to stay true to my faith in Jesus Christ-I have been on a wild ride. And it's not over yet.

Meet the Author

Kevin Max began singing at the age of four. At Liberty University, he met Toby McKeehan and Michael Tait, and the three friends formed dc Talk. The band has now been making music for more than ten years, producing six albums. Kevin is currently working on a solo project. He is also the author of At the Foot of Heaven, a book of poetry. Kevin makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MiniZSirC More than 1 year ago
This book is a great autobiography from Kevin Max. It's about a man who is watched constantly to be seen fall, and this is mainly because he is different. He does not play by the rules he does not fit in but he still lives through God in it all. He is an outspoken Christian and a former member of DC Talk. This book not only tells about his life but also goes in depth and explains the background to every song on his "Stereotype Be" album.

I liked the whole thought of this book not only because he's honest but because it can also apply to me. I am definitely discriminated in school for being as strong a Christian as I am. Even close friends watch me just trying to see me fall. And this book can show you how to deal with it. Kevin could make a good role model because he has had his experiences where he has not honored the Lord in it all, but he also repents from those ways and now does his best to better his walk with God.

I can't say that the way the book was set up was the most interesting way. I read Jesus Freak and thought it to be a great and interesting book. This book had its moments but overall seemed to me rather dull for a reader. I can tell that he was expressing how he felt on many subjects and if I listened to solely him as a solo artist might have been more fascinated with it but I chose out of the three to follow tobyMac and therefore cannot relate to his songs and lyrics. I would definitely suggest this if you listen to his music and enjoy his music. If you are just looking for a read however I cannot promise you will like it, but I am also not saying you won't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Unfinished Work' is one of the best books I've read. It described Kevin Max's perspective of his life and what it's like to be the black duck in a crowd. It gives a nice, thought out, meaning to each song on his album 'Stereotype Be.' He also gives his mind about situations that have happened with DC Talk and how he has seeked council to make the right decisions. Kevin Max is also trying to tell everyone that he did not mean to give himself a bad image. This book is written completely from his heart.