When he released a secular CD next I picked it up immediately. It bothered me how it seemed most of the Christian community had turned their back on him. I bought his next album after that entitled "Freedom." Then we he came back to Christian music with the album "Gospel" I definitely got it. He also shares the fact he was molested as a child by one of the singers in a band his father made him sing in as a kid.
Reading this book however was painful. The book takes you in deep into where Michael English was when the affair happened, his binge drinking and pill popping afterwards, his soon addiction to pain pills and run-ins with the law. I never knew how bad it had gotten for him. I never knew while he was singing some of his greatest songs, so many things were going on in his personal life that he was fighting. No doubt he was fighting hell and a good amount of demons in it.
Needless to say, I couldn't put the book down. This was one of my heroes. I'm proud to say he still is. He's not perfect by any means. I don't know that I agree with all of his thinking. But what I do know is based on what the world has seen of him lately and how clean he came in his autobiography, the man is sincerely back in the arms of the Lord. The prodigal son did come home. I'm glad he did too.
One thing the book made me realize is that no one is invincible to sin and temptation and no one is too far away that God can't find them, save them, deliver them, and give them a brand new life. Praise the Lord for His grace and mercy!