He left KoRn to help himself. He went back to help others. And along the way, he nearly lost everything.
A life-changing spiritual awakening freed Brian “Head” Welch from a stranglehold of drugs and alcohol and prompted him to leave the highly successful nu-metal band KoRn in 2005. What followed was a decade-long trial by fire, from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depression and self-mutilation to the harsh realities of playing solo and surviving the shattering betrayal of a trusted friend. In this intensely inspiring redemption saga, perhaps most inspiring is Brian’s radical decision to rejoin KoRn and reconcile with the tribe of people he once considered family in the metal music scene.
Brian returned to his musical roots with a clear head and a devoted heart. Though his story is wild, hilarious, and deeply poignant, the message is simple: God will love you into the freedom of being yourself, as long as you keep the relationship going and never, ever quit.
|Contributor(s)||Brian "Head" Welch|
|About the Contributor(s)||Brian "Head" Welch
Brian “Head” Welch is the cofounder and lead guitarist of the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum metal band KoRn. He is also the bestselling author of the book Save Me from Myself. He lives in Nashville, TN.
|Publish Date||May 17, 2016|
- Review by Shelly
In this poignant and refreshingly honest memoir, Welch isn’t about to pull any punches. He tells a story that is difficult, sometimes comical, and, most importantly, real, and comes through at the end as a beacon of hope for those who feel there is no saving them and that they aren’t worth being saved in the first place.
Disclaimer- I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Blogger in exchange for an honest review. (Posted on 6/10/2016)
- Review by jordan_wootten
While reading "With My Eyes Wide Open" by Brian Welch, it's safe to say that I experienced just about every emotion imaginable. Brian is raw and holds nothing back, which makes his work here incredibly engaging, honest, and beneficial for the reader. As a Christian, I so appreciate Brian's candidness because I know the value of it. He models well for us what it looks like to be very open about sin and struggle. I must say, though, that my absolute favorite part of the book was Jennea's letter to the reader at the very end. Considering everything that was shared regarding Jennea in the book, her contribution at the end was absolutely beautiful. Her story is amazing, and the way that she writes is incredible. Theologically sound and beautifully written, poetic if I may. I wouldn't be surprised to see her name on the front of a book in the future, and I'd sure read it.
This book was fantastic and incredibly inspiring. I'm now eager to go get his first book, see his I Am Second video testimony, and get my hands on his Love and Death albums. So thankful for Brian's ministry. (Posted on 6/4/2016)
- Review by Shanna
Brian’s books have inspired me to personally dig deeper into my faith and my purpose in this Earthly realm. I hope that one day I can inspire people the way he does and the way I believe his daughter is destined to inspire others as well. Blessed be Brian & Jennea. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
(Posted on 5/18/2016)
- Review by Tough Crowd of One
We are living in a culture similar to the ancient Greek city of Corinth, addressed by two letters in the bible. It was a Vegas-style culture, known for philosophy, affluence, influence, and of course, its sexual and hedonistic indulgence.
Who in their right mind would ever go to Corinth and tell those people about the life-death-resurrection of a man named Jesus? Simply answered, someone whose life was changed so completely and so powerfully, that he knew he was the only one that could make a difference. Someone who had love for his brothers and sisters, even the ones who do not look and act like he did. That man’s name was Paul.
Paul understood a few fundamentals about humanity. Those who are living their lives in such a way as the Corinthians were looking for something. Not a way to live, but the way to live. The way that would bring them to a place of peace and purpose. Wanting so desperately to find something real and good and true, many Corinthians tried anything and everything available. Paul had the answer, and loved them enough to offer it to all who would listen.
So let’s consider what this looks like for us as our modern-day culture can benefit greatly from someone who had a life-changing supernatural experience with God.
Are the people who enjoy listening to the musical style of KoRn trying to prove something to themselves? When they take a look in the mirror, what lies beneath the tattoos, long hair, and piercings?
The answer is (like all of us) they believe they are worth something and they are trying to find out just how much – or at the very least just get someone to say they are loved just as much as someone who wears a cardigan and listens only to public radio. Isn’t that what we all want? And especially if someone we look up to or admire or enjoy being around finds something that they say changed their life completely, wouldn’t we want them to care enough about us to share this discovery? If they kept it to themselves, then wouldn’t that equal some kind of evil on their part?
Looking again at Corinth, Paul was commissioned to go into all the world (Matthew 28:19) and did so by finding common ground within each subculture he addressed (1 Corinthians 9:19-22). He sought those who would never set foot inside of any temple and share his story and the story of Jesus with them.
We can now draw a comparison between the Olympic-style games of Corinth and a rock music festival. You know, the ones with a massive a sea of head-banging revelers, moving in sync to the speed and melody that is pumped out to the masses. And look over there, who is that walking through those huge crowds? Seems to be some men (witnesses if you will), inked and styled and full of talent, but most importantly, full of love. Love for their brothers and sisters who have come to hear something good from the performing artists. Two of those men are named Fieldy and Head.
They have something to share. Something even greater than the 90db that will shake the ground during their live set on stage. They have an account of a man, who when he died, also caused the ground to shake and upon his return from the grave, defeated death and replaced it with the way to life. Abundant life. Life that will put people back in touch with their creator.
Head recalled looking out over a music festival crowd (page 126) and said it was like God whispered into his heart, “These are my people, and I want them.”
In this book, Head is once again honest and transparent, granting us access to his personal life with his daughter and his prayer life with his savior. He has been through enough to understand that in suffering our strength is made perfect and we are humbled so that we may relate to those who are either standing at, or rapidly approaching the edge. And when they find themselves staring into the abyss, Head will take their hand and say, “Let’s walk together. Not into death, but life.”
Head left KoRn to prepare for his true purpose in this life and returned to KoRn to fulfill it. (Posted on 5/17/2016)
- Review by Jonas_Navarro
A story about how his faith for Jesus helped him and his daughter to get through the dark times in their lives and overcome all those problems and start over. Very touching but at the same time he tells it with a lot of humor.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has been struggling with life, whether you are a Korn fan or not I think it will help you in your life, and it will make your faith stronger.
(Posted on 5/12/2016)
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