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It’s been nearly a year since Kirk Franklin’s last foray from
the stage to the page. Church Boy debuted 12 years ago,
tagged as Franklin’s autobiography on “his music and
his life.” Now, Franklin says The Blueprint is the furthest
thing from Church Boy, even though both reveal personal
stories and anecdotes within the covers. This latest
centers more in the inspiration reading category, taking
a cue from Franklin’s choir director side, bringing joy with
his urban gospel flair.
CCM: This is your second book release, but a lot of
time has lapsed between the two. What sets these
Kirk Franklin: Church Boy was more of an autobiography
and I was only 27, you know? There was also more of a
disconnect for me with everything that was going around.
There was a ghost writer, this guy traveling around
with me. I wore this microphone and we’d go around
with him asking me questions. This one is a book that I
physically wrote. It’s not this autobiography, but more of
a life lesson book that is really trying to be honest and
transparent about what a lot of people are facing as far
as living beneath the storms. People are not tapping into
the things that they’re created to be.
CCM: How does that change things in the tone and nature
of the book?
Kirk: It’s not a sermon preached at them, but it’s more
a life lived in front of them. It’s a very honest look at the
lessons I’ve learned, both good and bad. It’s sitting at
the feet of both a smart and wise man and a very stupid
and dumb man. Whether it’s about sex or the challenges
of the African-American male community or about
marriage or parenting or faith or losing your faith, it’s not
a gimmick book that reads like a textbook. It is based on
strong biblical points, so it’s hopefully something that
heals and feels very smooth yet deep for people. It’s very
honest and urban and straight-up.
CCM: Of all the topics, is there one you were most anxious
to get to talk about?
Kirk: To be honest, they were all very important to me.
I’m a parent, so the parenting chapter was very important
to me. Marriage is important to me, because it’s an
institution that’s becoming a joke now. Black men is an
important topic to me, because the challenges we’re
facing are becoming an epidemic. Then of course, sex is
a serious issue that I think for some reason in 2010, still
makes the church cringe.
For more information, check out www.kirkfranklin.com.