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Born for This: My Story in Music by Bebe Winans Book Review

In Born for This, Bebe Winans opens up about his story and how he became a Gospel/Christian artist. He grew up in the music city of Detroit and in the book, he explains how he learned about his family roots. He grew up in a big family 10 siblings total with six brothers and three sisters. His family all were raised with deep Gospel roots. Music was a big part of this family and four of his brothers loved to perform and they found success on a national level and they started touring. When he saw his brothers perform, this stirred a passion in him that he wanted to become a famous singer. Eventually, he was given a chance of a lifetime to try out for The Praise the Lord (PTL) Club hosted by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in North Carolina. He tried out with his sister CeCe Winans. They passed on him and chose CeCe. Meanwhile, BeBe worked at a grocery store to make ends meet. He was eventually given another surprised chance one day he sung in the choir on “Blessed Assurance” and he included a special “whispers of love” saying to the song. Jim heard him and loved what he did and he became a member of the PTL singers. Throughout the book, he shared his experiences on the show and how they were the only African Americans on this show. PTL was also at the time trying to become more diverse. In the book, he also describes Tammy as his “white mother” and what he learnt from her. He also revealed how they became a duo and went on to record many albums together and solo albums. He touched a little on the topic of why they decided to leave and how the PTL Club program fell a few years later with all the controversy surrounding Jim and Tammy. 

I would recommend this great autobiography to anyone who enjoys listening to Gospel and Christian music. I haven’t heard much on Bebe Winans life story before reading this book and I was curious to dive into his book. I liked how Bebe explained his musical roots and how he became to be a Christian singer. I liked how open he was with his story and how PTL helped open doors for him. I liked how he shared how Bebe and CeCe became a duo and recorded many albums together and they even won a few awards. One of my favorite songs, they have done together is “I’ll Take You There”. I also connected with him opening up about the loss of one his brothers and how that changed his entire life and how difficult it was to say goodbye. If you’re looking for a new book to read, then check this one out!
"I received this book free from the publisher, Faithwords for my honest review.” 

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