With My Eyes Wide Open, by Brian “Head” Welch

“Just like a surgeon has to cut a patient open in order to correct what’s wrong, God has to cut into our souls in order to correct what’s wrong with us. He cuts and he cuts until all we bleed is the character and nature of his beloved Son, Jesus. And man, does the cutting hurt.”- Brian “Head” Welch

Brian “Head” Welch is not your stereotypical Christian. He has facial tattoos, dreadlocks, and plays guitar in the heavy metal band KoRn. Yet, this passionate follower of Jesus Christ has been to hell and back and has leaned on his beloved Savior throughout financial catastrophes, betrayal, and a daughter committing self-harm, only to come full circle and re-join the band that he once quit in order to save himself and his daughter.

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.

I received this book on a Wednesday and had already finished it by Thursday, despite the fact that I have ten children running around the house, because I couldn’t put it down. Welch’s neverending and sometimes raw faith in Jesus Christ is something to behold. Having been through things which don’t even compare to the intensity of what this gentleman suffered, I find myself ashamed that I didn’t always have the total faith in God’s control like I should have- like he did have. 

After I finished the book, I set it down on the table and, with tears in my eyes, took my devotional off the bookshelf, dusted it off, and got down on my knees, praying for forgiveness for neglecting my own relationship with Jesus. The faith of this rock star made this stereotypical Christian take a second look at my dedication to my Lord and Savior.

I fervently recommend this book to anyone- believer or unbeliever. This book has the potential to be life-changing. I am a testament to that fact.

 

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A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Summer Fun!

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Another week has flown by, and I’m telling you, I am already so antsy to begin our new homeschool year! There’s a reason for this…after years of doing lapbooking, I finally decided to look into notebooking, and I am wondering why I never checked it out before. It looks like so much fun and will be a great way to transition some of my kids into writing more often. Yay for Jimmie Lanley!

I’ve also been trying to come up with a plan for my soon-to-be 11th grader for history. He’s very hands-on and doesn’t like to read, so I’m thinking of writing a study of World Folklore for him to do for the year. (I can see a beautiful notebook for this!) We’ll see where this takes us, but for now I’m really psyched about it. I’m such a nerd. 🙂

This past Saturday I went to Family Day at my oldest son’s Military Police Reserve unit. It was fairly relaxing since the only “child” I brought with me was my 16-yr-old. It was bittersweet, though, because there was a bounce house, dart games, bubbles, and Batman! (I didn’t tell my younger kids that they missed out on Batman. Ssh!)

 

Sunday was a washout, so we weren’t able to inflate the pool, but we got it up on Monday. Boy, did the kids have fun with that! There was also quite a bit of playing in the dirt this past week, and we found a ladybug larva- I never knew there was such a thing.

We also made some butterflies with paint- thanks for the idea, Mother of 3!

 

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My oldest daughter is in Atlantic City as I write this, getting ready for an anime convention this weekend. She’s particularly excited about this one because, other than it being in Atlantic City, it’s also the first convention she’s been to in 10 months. Believe me, she was more than ready.

As for me, I just received the book With My Eyes Wide Open from UPS yesterday and have already finished it because it.was.amazing. I don’t want to give away too much, but suffice it to say, the faith of this rock star made me take a second look at my relationship with Jesus. Let’s just say that it made me pull my devotional off the shelf and dust it off with tears in my eyes. Look for a review of it in the next couple of days.

Tomorrow my hubby is planning on taking several of the kids to see the World of Warcraft movie. They’re so excited.

That’s about it for this fun-filled week. Leave a comment and tell me how yours has been!

 

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