Lead Me: Finding Courage to Fight for Your Marriage, Children, and Faith (Paperback)

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By Matt Hammitt, Bart Millard (Foreword by)
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The former lead singer of Christian music sensation Sanctus Real comes clean about the tension between life on the road and life at home.
“Father, lead me, ’cause I can’t do this alone.”
—“Lead Me” by Sanctus Real
Matt Hammitt had performed his hit song, “Lead Me,” almost a thousand times. And every time he sang, the lyrics echoed the voices of his own family. His marriage was strained. His kids were growing up without him. Matt’s good intentions could no longer sustain his family; he needed to be a man of action. Yet even as he told his Sanctus Real bandmates that he was leaving the band to invest in his family, he wondered: Was it really possible to be present at home and still provide financially too?
In Lead Me, Matt identifies the tension many men experience when trying to balance work and home life. With bracing honesty, vulnerable storytelling, and practical application, Matt challenges you to be faithful both to God’s vocational call and to His call to lead your family well.
Discover the extraordinary joy of actively and intentionally pursuing your wife and children. Matt reminds us that it’s messy. It’s difficult. And it’s the most rewarding thing you can do, beyond following Christ.

About the Author

Matt Hammitt is a singer, songwriter, and speaker. He was the lead singer for the band Sanctus Real from 1996-2016. Matt is the recipient of three Dove Awards and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. After leaving the band, Matt joined the FamilyLife speaker team and is a keynote speaker and performer at marriage and men’s conferences across the U.S., including Kirk Cameron’s “Living Room Reset” events. Matt lives in Tennessee with his wife, Sarah, and their four children.

Praise For…

“As I finished reading the last sentence of Matt’s new book, I felt humbled and in awe of the genuineness, realness, and loving heart of my friend. This transparent and inspiring book verbalized so many things I have felt but have never talked about—the tension between work and family, marriage challenges, family life, anxiety, and hearing a call to ‘come home.’ It put a lump in my throat and made me laugh out loud (many times!). Matt has challenged me to be not just a man of polished presentations and good intentions but a man of authenticity and action. This intimate and exposed look into Matt’s and Sarah’s personal, professional, and spiritual lives gives me the courage and hope I need to be the man, the husband, and the father I’ve always wanted to be for my wife and kids.”—Kirk Cameron, television and film actor and producer

“A gritty, authentic read about a courageous man who chose to step up and double down on loving and leading his wife and family spiritually. This is an epic book that every man, married or single, should read and have for his journey of becoming the man God created him to be. Buy an extra copy for a friend. . . We all need the kind of practical encouragement that Matt brings.”—Dr. Dennis Rainey, cofounder of FamilyLife

“I grew up being inspired by the honesty of Matt Hammitt and Sanctus Real’s lyrics. Their words and melodies met me in places of anxiety and doubt, while leading me back into the arms of Jesus above all else. At its core, this book carries the messages of the music we all love dearly. The transparency in Matt’s (and Sarah’s) storytelling is captivating as both a reader and a longtime fan turned friend. And as first-time parents, my husband and I have been encouraged and challenged by Lead Me to keep Christ at the forefront with every step we take for our marriage and family.”—Jamie Grace, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter

“I’ve enjoyed Matt’s friendship for many years, and I’m grateful that he’s sharing his story with great honesty and transparency. The valleys in life can produce character and perseverance, and you’ll be challenged and encouraged by the character that’s on display throughout this book.”—Luke Smallbone, for King & Country

“Matt and Sarah are dear friends. I’ve followed the challenges their family has faced so gracefully in recent years and felt compelled to know the rest of their journey. For me, reading this book unlocked such a beautiful picture of a man choosing his family—embracing that no mission, platform, or opportunity is more important than the mission at home. It has reminded me as a husband and father not to miss the most important responsibility that God trusted to me alone. This story is powerful and will move you to tears and to action.”—Andrew Erwin, filmmaker, I Can Only Imagine
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525653318
ISBN-10: 0525653317
Publisher: Multnomah
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020
Pages: 224