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Return to Book Page. Preview — Honestly by Michael Sweet. Michael Sweet, in this — his first autobiography — chronicles his life as the founding member, songwriter, singer, and guitarist of the pioneering Christian rock band Stryper.

The first Christian rock band to see chart-topping success on MTV, Stryper went on to see over 10 million albums and has sold out arenas all over the world. Sweet gives and honest an moving account of the unexpected highs and lows throughout his tumultuous path to success. Kindle Editionpages. Published May 6th by Big3 Records first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of strypwr book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Honestlyplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Wow, what a page turner – honestlu me at least. I have been a Stryper fan since finding their first album in the record bin about 3 months after it hit the shelves. I have seen them multiple times in their heyday of the 80’s, evening meeting them before and after shows a few times the photos are on Facebook to prove itas well as the very first reunion show in meeting them before the show again.

I have been a fan all through the years of everything the band and individual band members have Wow, what a page turner – for me syryper least. I have been stryepr fan all through the years of everything the band and individual band members have released. So obviously when vocalist Michael Sweet released this bio, I pre-ordered it immediately. Upon receiving it bonestly the mail, I began devouring it, and finished it quite quickly for my normal schedule. I have had the pleasure of doing a couple interviews with Michael over the years while writing for Heaven’s Metal magazine, one phone interview being about a year after his wife passed.


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I was able to share my experience of losing a loved one – my oldest son – just two months after his wife passed, and we had some discussion of grief. He was a pleasant man and I gained even more respect for him.

The sstryper revealed so many of the stories behind what I thought was smooth sailing for the band – honsstly now understand what was actually happening. I found the book near impossible to put down – I just craved to learn more.

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All the while I was reading, I was pulling up Stryper and solo project albums on my playlist and living through the music time period a little. Oftentimes I found myself going through Michael’s emotions with him. I found myself feeling depressed, then mad, and even tearful as I was reading. In the past few years, I have read quite a few atryper from some of my favorite bands, and love learning the background stories to songs, albums, and life experiences, and this one ranks up high with them.

The early stories of the band’s beginnings and finally hearing an official story of how C. DeVille fit into the Roxx Regime days was cool. To hear the stories behind the scenes as we follow the band through the early glory days as they continued to grow in popularity was great, but hearing the truth behind the eventual decline that led to the “Against the Law” era still one of my favorite albums was truly to see how the stress and craziness of rock and roll life can begin to chip away and drag things down.

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I had only heard rumors of life at this time hey, the internet wasn’t around thenso on one hand it was interesting to hear the truth of how bad things really got, and on the other hand it was good to hear it had not gotten as bad as some have said over the years. As Michael mentions in the book, he was surprised too that it did not blow up to be a bigger media scandal for them.

While this book has plenty of Stryper stories, the bulk of it of course is a focus on the struggles, trials and blessing that Michael dealt with through it all. The rags to riches to rags strypef stability story of a young boy becoming a rock star and losing it all and life afterward. Michael holds little back and discussing the inner turmoil within the band – the personal issues between band members that linger some even to this day.

For those of us on the outside, all seemed fine and sunny, but the truth is, they are people too and there are issues as would be expected within any group of people that work together closely like this. Glory to God for the fact that they are still together and doing an amazing job bringing us amazing music still. Stryper was the first Christian rock band I ever bought – during a time in life when I listened solely to heavy metal.

In when I made the decision to rededicate my life to a closer walk with God, I literally trashed hundreds of albums, and all that I kept was the first two Stryper albums that I owned at the time and quickly went out to the record store and snatched up the very few available other related releases at the time – Messiah Prophet, Leviticus, Saint, and Barnabas.

Stryper has always been a love of mine – and I have a band room plastered with their posters to show others that love too. I have their “Loud and Clear” biographical material etryper years back, which was a look into the world of Stryper, but this book was a much more personal journey and makes me feel like I know Michael much more personally now.

I find much in him I can relate to, and would have loved to have been a friend to him for comfort during some of the many trials he faced. Thanks srtyper writing this book Mr. Sweet, it was a real pleasure to read. One thing he failed to cover that leaves me wondering is how Tim came back into the band. He discusses shryper departure and the bringing in of Tracy Ferrie but totally skips how he then departed and Tim came back.

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Also missing was why he only toured with Boston for that one year – why did he not continue working with them after the death of his wife. Oh well, maybe I can dig those answers up elsewhere we have the internet now after all.

To see that Michael Sweet wrote a book about himself and Stryper was such a gift to behold. During the mid to late 80’s, I was knee deep into the hair metal bands, subscribing to Hit Parader, Rip, Creem and other metal magazines. I initially latched onto Bon Jovi as my fave hair metal band, but was really smitten and intrigued by Stryper. What a unique concept it was to crossover into the mainstream metal scene while still being a Christian band.

They achieved this by clever lyrics that had mess To see that Michael Sweet wrote a book about himself and Stryper was such a gift to behold. They achieved this by clever lyrics that had messages of faith, but could also apply to life in general. Not only that, they were visually arresting, not to mention cute.

What a great album! I’ve followed lead singer Michael Sweet’s progress all these years, and have many of his solo efforts. He re-records Stryper songs most of which he penned anyway on many of his solo offerings and does a beautiful job reinterpreting them.

Being in a Christian band, I wondered if Michael had fallen in his personal life and sinned like most of the rest of us. I was quite tickled in the first chapter where he listed all his life experiences and failings as a Christian. He truly was “Honestly” writing that he was like all of us. He has the same temptations to liquor, sex, etc. Michael tells honesttly story of his childhood, creation and evolution of his band, and his marital lives. Of course, he details his first wife’s cancer journey and eventual death.


He also covers meeting his current wife and that relationship. One of the shocking revelations I encountered throughout stryperr book was his and apparently, the band’s criticism of bassist Tim Gaines’ musical prowess. They chose to hire and use other bassists on certain albums while still retaining Tim in the band.

I can’t imagine how Tim felt enduring that shame and yet choosing to stay in the band. Yet, when they recruited him into Stryper they likened him to an unattainable girlfriend, wooing him from his successful band Stormer and feeling grateful to have done so. The criticism of Tim’s bass playing while in Stryper was a bit of an oxymoron, considering that they wanted his services so badly initially.

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There were other revelations of not so Christian behavior when the band became successful. So, I heartily appreciate Michael’s honesty in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, devouring strypfr at lightening speed when I usually savor books quite slowly.

My only complaint for styrper I left off a star was that there were grammatical mistakes throughout the book. It needs someone to go through it again and edit hobestly the mistakes. Perhaps they rushed it out too quickly.

Otherwise, this is a great read. Aug 03, John rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s not every day a Christian singer starts off a book by gonestly to drinking, swearing too much, and enjoying the occasional smoke–all within the very first parag HONESTLY is as informative as anything I could have hoped for, though there are certain aspects of Stryper the styper, the infighting of which I’d almost prefer to remain ignorant.

It’s not every day a Christian singer strtper off a book by admitting to drinking, swearing too much, and enjoying the occasional smoke–all within the very first paragraph! There are two different angles by which to judge this book. The first relates to its overall entertainment value and quality.

As a pioneering Christian metal band that was signed to a secular label and played alongside such groups as Anthrax and White Lion, their position within the annals of rock history is particularly unique. As Michael Sweet points out, Stryper was attacked by the secular community for their overt Christian lyrics, and attacked by the Christian community for their glam metal fashion and musical sensibilities. Michael Sweet also managed honesstly embark on a fairly successful solo career, and, in recent years, toured as lead singer for the legendary band Boston.

The book also deals with some weighty issues, such as the band’s spiritual backsliding, and Michael’s struggle to hold onto his faith in the wake of his wife’s death from cancer.

The second angle by which to judge this book has to do with Michael Sweet himself and how trustworthy you find his perspective.

Personally, Michael strikes me as being both a bit of a control freak and a highly sensitive individual who is constantly feeling betrayed or slighted by the people in his life.

He reminds me of a roommate Hlnestly once had, a guy who once roused me out of bed at three in the strypet because he was annoyed I left my Nintendo out on the floor in front shryper the TV. A few days later, he sat me down for a very serious discussion about the proper way to load the dishwasher. Needless to say, that relationship didn’t end well. Not because we argued about anything important, but because he blew everything way out of proportion.

Maybe Michael Sweet really isn’t really like that at all.