Former top Christian solo artist Jennifer Knapp has seen her entire life and career turn around since she announced she was a lesbian four years ago, and now she is chronicling that experience in a book.
The successful artist sold over one million records in the late 90s and early 2000s, and stunned the Christian music world with her proclamation. Her announcement came off the heels of a prolonged hiatus. She also admitted she had been in a homosexual relationship since 2002.
However, with her coming out, Knapp was adamant about not becoming a fixture for "Gay Christianity." "I'm in no way capable of leading a charge for some kind of activist movement," Knapp told Christianity Today in 2010.
According to ChristianHeadlines, Knapp is ready to share her story now, and is releasing "Facing the Music: Discovering Real Life, Real Love and Real Faith" in October. The book's site reads Knapp has become "an advocate for LGBT issues in the church" and her book shares "of her troubled childhood, the love of music that pulled her through, her dramatic conversion to Christianity, her rise to stardom, her abrupt departure from Christian Contemporary Music, her years of trying to come to terms with her sexual orientation, and her return to music."
Knapp also details the lengthy struggle she has had claiming to be both gay and a Christian as she has been shunned by churches and believers. She writes of her undeniable love for the Lord while engaging in homosexuality.
"We know it's her story and obviously the position she's found herself in as a recognizable Christian artist coming out as gay," Jennifer Smith of Howard Books said, reported ChristianHeadlines. "She shares about how she has come to terms with herself and her own sexuality and is able to speak on the topic and say, 'Look, God loves me through this.'"
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Knapp and her publishers are hoping this book opens the door up for discussions on homosexuality and salvation, and are looking to share their beliefs with the church.
"While we understand there will be some people that don't necessarily agree with this book, there are others who want to have this conversation. This is simply a vehicle for us to encourage Christians to open their hearts and minds to having the discussion openly. At the end of the day, this book is an opportunity for Jennifer to tell her story and we want to be part of that conversation."
Watch her latest video for the song "Remedy" below.