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Publisher's Summary

Kirk Franklin’s life was hardly built on a firm foundation. His father abandoned the family. His mother also abandoned Kirk, and constantly told him he was an unwanted child. He was adopted by his 64-year-old Aunt Gertrude at the age of four. His sister became a crack addict. He never saw a black man who was faithful in marriage. Without a blueprint, he struggled mightily yet managed to triumph even more mightily, dedicating his life to helping others find hope during hardship.

With The Blueprint, he provides an inspiring blend of God and grit to deliver real-world words of wisdom on provocative topics including:

  • The true definition of manhood
  • Deadbeat dads, divorce, and other sources of despair in family life
  • Why faith that only takes place in a church is dead
  • The consequences of sex and the responsibilities of parenthood
  • His own identity as a son, father, husband, singer, and African-American
  • What it means to be a “Christian moderate with swag” in the 21st century

©2010 Kirk Franklin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"One of the biggest superstars in gospel....Franklin revolutionized gospel with his hip, contemporary sound." ( Jet)
"Once again, Kirk Franklin takes the church beyond the traditional, transitioning his life's experiences into life lessons. Clearly there is more to this man than great music. You will feel the beat of his heart and faith." (T. D. Jakes)

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Good Material

When, I first got this book it was very hard for me to download it on my mp3 player. It was very frustrating for me. I finally had to put it on my iphone. The only thing I hated that Kirk did not tell his story all the way thru. No, one can tell your story better than you can. The book has lots of good material that I wished I had known when I was younger. We sometimes look at famous people and don't realize that they have problems also. It was very refreshing to know that they have the same struggles as us regular folks. Kirk talks about how men should treat women. I think alot of times women are so happy to get a man that we kind of get over our heads with excitement. Most of us don't know how to hold conversations with people of the opposite sex because, there were no fathers there and sometimes no mothers. I am glad that I heard about it on the 700 club or i would have never known about it. This is a very informative book..

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  • Crystal
  • Shreveport, LA United States
  • 01-10-14

Very Surprising from Kirk!

I must say I rather enjoyed this book. I had been considering it for about a year now and finally got down to; "well, theres nothing else out there right now". The values he is reflecting I can appreciate and rather enjoyed hearing. The performance (although the intent was to sound like Kirk) was a bit rough. At one point I felt it was a book for men. At the end it all came together with the title and made alot fo sense. I think you will enjoy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A little of Everyone...

This book touches on all of the things that we face daily and show us how to work through them one at a time. I'm listening to it a second time within a week of the first reading.

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Great story and Excellent insight!!

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed his life story but I also enjoyed that he included his family and put it all out there! You never want people to think that you or your family to not be perfect...but that is when you learn the most about a person and who they really are. God works in us always!! I will read this one again!

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  • Nevada
  • Alexandria,VA by D.C.
  • 09-16-10

Powerful Tool - GET THIS BOOK

Floored by his candid look into his life as he explains how everyone has a blueprint to follow that was designed before your existence. This is intriguing, thought provoking and educational. The delivery is good as well. I suggest you add this to your cart.

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Real and Relevant

I enjoyed the unwashed, unfiltered truth that was put in print. Bravo! I have and will continue to recommend this book. It's worth reading because the topics and contents are timeless.

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