Multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist Jaci Velasquez shares how she overcame the challenges of early fame and a failed marriage and trusted God to turn her broken pieces into priceless treasures.
After the release of her first album at the awkward age of sixteen, Jaci Velasquez found sudden fame. Five of the songs reached number one, and she became the first and fastest-selling solo artist in Christian music history to reach gold status with a debut album. Despite her initial success, however, her career stalled, and her young marriage ended after little more than a year, leaving her feeling broken, used up, and sometimes useless. But God repurposed those experiences for a greater plan as her renewed faith carried her through a resurrected career, the adventures of a second marriage, and the ups-and-downs of being a wife and mother of two boys, including one diagnosed with autism.
Through a blend of personal narrative, practical strategies, and the truth of God's word, Jaci invites readers to rewrite their own stories and dream new dreams for their lives. Her life-transforming insights will guide readers in not only overcoming challenges, wrong turns, and often painful circumstances, but also in growing from those experiences and becoming equipped and empowered to help others.
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About the Author
Jaci Velasquez has attained three RIAA® certified Platinum® albums, three RIAA certified Gold® albums, sixteen No. 1 singles, six more singles in the top 10, seven Dove Awards, three Latin Grammy® Award nominations, and three Grammy Award nominations. She has also graced more than fifty magazine covers, including Teen People, Latin Girl, Teen Beat, Parade, and People and has as appeared in ads for Pepsi, Doritos, and Target. For nearly six years, she has co-hosted Salem Broadcasting Network’s “The Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug and Jaci Velasquez” with more than 1.5 million daily listeners. In addition to writing, recording, touring, and serving as an advocate for autism awareness, Velasquez has been featured in five faith-based films since 2009, hosted the SESAC Christian Music Awards and the GMA IMMERSE conference, and has been internationally active in the music industry since her emergence as an award-winning artist at the age of sixteen.
Julie Lyles Carr holds a degree in psychology which she uses every day in her parenting of eight children and also a degree in English Literature, which came in handy for writing a book on parenting. She is a popular speaker and blogger. She serves as the Pastor of Women’s Ministry at her home church of LifeAustin in Austin, Texas. Julie is also the Founder and Executive Director of Legacy of Hope Austin, a non-profit group dedicated to serving families of children with special needs. Julie and her husband Michael have been married for almost twenty-six years.
All too often it is tempting to think that superstars live special lives where nothing ever goes wrong and there are no real challenges. "When God Rescripts Your Life," by Jaci Velasquez shatters those assumptions as Jaci provides an in depth look into her life. I applaud Jaci for having the courage to share such a touching, and at times heart-wrenching testimony. This book reminds us that joy truly does come in the morning. The story is relatable as she has endured so many of same trials to prove that with faith and trust in Jesus Christ, all things are possible. I strongly recommend this book!!! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a greater understanding of how it feels when you think your life is going one way but then God has other plans. It always turns out that His plans are better than ours. He never fails. He never gets it wrong and He's always right on time. So if you're struggling with the direction of your life and feel like God has flipped the script on you, take heart. He is working all things together for your good. Step back and follow His lead. I received and ARC from the publisher but that in no way influenced my opinions.
I can remember singing Jaci Velasquez songs in my middle and high school years. I even learned to play a few of her songs on the piano. And then, it seemed, as quickly as she appeared on the scene, it felt like she disappeared. What I didn’t know then, Velasquez writes about it When God Rescripts Your Life. Velasquez shares about her unique upbringing and how that brought her to gain the chance to record what became gold. Through sharing her personal stories and experiences, Velasquez shares how God rewrites the story of our lives. With a mix of retelling stories from the Bible and different strategies, Velasquez seeks to help guild the reader to gain life-transforming insights. When God Rescripts Your Life was an interesting look into the life of a Christian recording artist. But I think that it falls a little flat of its attempt to provide life-transforming insights to guide readers in overcoming challenges, wrong turns and painful circumstances. Not quite a memoir, and not quite a self-help book, When God Rescripts Your Life seemed a little disconnected for me. I wish more of the scripture how been directly quoted rather than been retold in the author’s interpretation. It didn’t provide me any new insights to be told in a highly abridged and not always accurate interpretation. I found it interesting to learn more of the story behind the artist. To learn about how she learned to trust God as she went through many struggles. If you enjoy memoirs, you might enjoy this book, maybe even glean a new way of thinking about some of your struggles. I received a copyof this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Talk about a eye-opening, slap in the face, introspective look at perception. Jaci packs a wallop with this book! She starts out describing an eye exam in a most humorous way, then shifts the focus...(See what I did there? You'll understand that sentence once you read the book.) ...to Paul's conversion where he was blinded by the Light. Paul was following whole hog in the religious system of the day when out of nowhere came a carpenter boy who claimed to be the Messiah and Paul had to go in for a realignment of his focus, a shift in his perception. From marriage mishaps to childhood trauma to chicken trials, Jaci weaves a story that reminds us that no one is beyond clinging so tightly to to what we perceive to be truth that we almost miss the amazing work that God is wanting to do to and through us. Jaci reminds us of clocks and clutter that hold us captive, paralyzing us with the fear of not enough. She cautions us to not capitulate to others' agendas, encourages us to release our hold on what was, so we can live in the moment of what is. One of my favorite quotes is this: "She poured out what she had been saving as certain. She mixed it with all that felt uncertain, but she added the most important ingredient. Faith. And God met all her needs." Even as I read this again, I so want to be able to pour out what I have been saving, to release what I have been clinging to for so long. Yet, the catch in my throat warns that I might regret it, that I might not be enough. That faith ingredients sometimes seems almost invisible, so hard to grasp. As you can see, this book impacted me enormously. So much so, that I am going to be reading it a second time. Thank you Thomas Nelson Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this Advanced Copy of When God Rescripts Your Life by Jaci Velasquez.
Jaci's first book "When God Rescripts your Life" is part memoir, advice book and devotional. She shares her personal journey, the journeys of Biblical heroes and some solid, encouraging advice. There are questions at the end of each chapter that allow the reader time to stop and see the little moments where God took something we thought was bad and turned it into something that changed our perspective for the good. Jaci gives the reader a glimpse into her current life with her second husband, Nic, lead singer for the group Salvador, her two boys (one of which has an autism diagnosis) and her chickens. (Yes, you heard me, her chickens!) Jaci, once firmly a city girl, now has a large home with enough of a backyard to house a sizeable chicken coop. She shares her personal struggles with letting go of the life she'd dreamed of as a child while watching rom coms in the back of her parent's Honda. Often we find that the dreams we dream don't always come true, yet with God's help, He can craft some amazing changes to the script we cling to. This book would be great to be read as a small group for either women or young women. Jaci pulls back the curtain of what the music industry can be and how living up to others' expectations and rules can be detrimental in many areas of our lives. I think most anyone could relate to the style and content, although Jaci does speak directly to ladies in certain parts of the book. :) I read this book as an early reader, thanks to Thomas Nelson Books. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a review.