From suicide attempts, drug use and physical abuse to finding faith and purpose, Lacey Sturm gets real in her upcoming book “The Reason – How I Discovered a Life Worth Living,” set to hit shelves in October (Baker Books). In her personal story, the former Flyleaf singer shares her journey from atheism to salvation and how she found faith on the day she planned to end her life.
More than just another rock star autobiography, “The Reason” leads readers down the rocky path that led Sturm to the founding of the popular band Flyleaf. Sturm deftly weaves her story in vivid detail while offering poignant insights that speak to the “Why?” behind her struggles. Sturm wrote “The Reason” in hopes that it would speak to those dealing with similar struggles.
At age ten, Sturm began to doubt the existence of a good God when she lost her cousin to abuse. Her young life spiraled out of control as she dealt with her own abuse by letting her anger and confusion guide her into drugs and depression. She gave up on God; her only solace came through tears as she cried herself to sleep each night. As she was lying in bed one night, she decided to end the pain for good and planned to commit suicide the next day. The next morning, however, Sturm got into a screaming match with her grandmother, who tried to force her to go to church. To stop the yelling, she went to church, never anticipating what she would find there – a reason to live.
The book’s foreword is written by Brian “Head” Welch, co-founder and guitarist for the GRAMMY®-winning metal band Korn and former drug addict. In “The Reason,” Welch mentions his own struggle with depression before becoming a Christian and says, “A book with this much substance will, without a doubt, live on to change lives for generations.”