[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”0061431648″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51bmHcBu59L._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story by Brian “Head” Welch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Inspiring and courageous testimony! When Korn was big in the 90s, I was listening to alternative rock like REM. I was never a metal head, so when a friend gave me this book to read, I didn’t even know who Korn was. As it turns out, you don’t really need to know Korn to appreciate the amazing journey of faith that Brian “Head” Welch took and relates in this book.
Brian is not the best of writers, but for this book that isn’t really the point. He writes well enough to give his testimony of being saved from the grip of meth addiction, depression, anger, and money. This book isn’t really even about Brian, but about God. As a believer, I was inspired by how God worked and continues to work in Brian’s life. I need to be reminded that God still performs miracles and he is still at work. That’s why I liked this book. Not for the writing quality, but for the impetus it gave me to keep working on my relationship with Jesus. By the way, Brian makes it clear that he didn’t find religion, he found a relationship. True Christianity isn’t about how many times you go to church or which denomination you choose (if you choose one at all). The Christian walk is about a relationship with Jesus, and that relationship can save your life.
Brian’s friend Eric said it well in an email to Brian when he wrote: “Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car. A relationship with Jesus is personal” (p.125). Brian later writes about Jesus: “He deserves everything that I am, so for the rest of my life, I’m going to try and give him everything that I am” (p.147).
I think Brian best sums up his walk with Jesus when he writes: “I can’t sit here and tell you that my life finally ended up perfect after sticking with God, but I can tell you this: It’s all worth it because God is very real and I can get through anything and everything I have to in this life, good or bad, because God loves me, and I love God. Period” (p.217).
If you know anyone struggling with drug addiction, is a metal head of the 90s, or has questions about God and Jesus, this might just be the perfect book to recommend. The writing is simple but honest, unflinching, and real. No Bible banging, just straight up talk from a rocker whose life was radically changed when he turned it over to Jesus.