I Still Believe: A Memoir of Wreckage, Recovery, and Relentless Love

I Still Believe: A Memoir of Wreckage, Recovery, and Relentless Love


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Faith. Fame. Abuse. Shame. Alcoholism. Recovery. Redemption. This is the captivating, untold story of Christian music legend, Russ Taff.

I Still Believe is a story that spans decades of multiple Grammy winner and Christian music icon Russ Taff's life, told from the first-hand perspective of Russ and his wife, Tori. You’ve seen the movie; now get the complete, unflinchingly honest details of the journey from childhood abuse to massive success with music, from the searing pain of addiction to his hard-won recovery. Russ opens up in-depth for the first time about the shame and trauma that irrefutably impacted his faith, his family, and his career. But woven throughout I Still Believe is a miraculous testament to the power of love—from God, family, and friends, but especially from Tori, who was fierce in her love for her best friend who was slowly disappearing before her eyes. But this relentless love and a lot of hard work helped Russ move out of hiding and into the light of recovery and acceptance.

Above all, this is a story about hope. Hope for anyone who feels they have been hurt too badly, fallen too far, or caused too much damage along the way. This memoir stands as a testament that in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds, there is always reason to keep believing. Russ and Tori’s beautifully broken story will encourage any reader that there is no need to be defined or held back by the trauma of the past; instead, life can be rooted in and restored through faith, recovery, love, and the promise that God will never let you go.

Read more about the I Still Believe film in this article from The Tennessean: http://bit.ly/TNTaffFilm

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642931488
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 701,694
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Russ Taff is a legend in Gospel and Contemporary Christian music, first gaining recognition as lead vocalist for The Imperials. He has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and tours with Gaither Homecoming concerts. As a solo artist, Taff released three of CCM’s most critically-acclaimed projects, and is best known for the unity anthem “We Will Stand.”

Tori Taff is an award-winning songwriter, co-writing songs with Russ since she was in high school. She created the popular blog “Babybloomr” and was featured as a Homecoming Magazine columnist for ten years. You can hear her heart and sharp wit regularly on Homecoming Radio. Russ and Tori have been married for more than forty years and reside in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

Mark Smeby has been a Nashville-based writer and musician for the past twenty-five years, covering trends and artists throughout the years, including writing for dozens of magazines, online outlets, and record labels. As an artist, Smeby is focused on the topic of hope, desiring to encourage people that choosing hope is always a viable option. Hear his daily doses of hope in the “Live Hope Minute” daily radio feature, free mobile app, or one-year hardcover devotional. Learn more about Mark at marksmeby.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Chapter 1 Beginnings 1

Chapter 2 Finding Family 23

Chapter 3 Leaving Arkansas 35

Chapter 4 Familiar Ground 47

Chapter 5 Spinning the Bottle 61

Chapter 6 Going Solo 103

Chapter 7 Uncovering the Rubble 143

Chapter 8 Exposed and. Ashamed 147

Chapter 9 Diving into Trauma 171

Chapter 10 Coming Home 183

Chapter 11 What Hope Looks Like 202

Chapter 12 Epilogue 221

Chapter 13 Special Thanks 225

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