The Blueprint

  • by Kirk Franklin
  • Narrated by Dion Graham
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kirk Franklin’s life was hardly built on a firm foundation. His father abandoned the family. His mother also abandoned Kirk, and constantly told him he was an unwanted child. He was adopted by his 64-year-old Aunt Gertrude at the age of four. His sister became a crack addict. He never saw a black man who was faithful in marriage. Without a blueprint, he struggled mightily yet managed to triumph even more mightily, dedicating his life to helping others find hope during hardship.
With The Blueprint, he provides an inspiring blend of God and grit to deliver real-world words of wisdom on provocative topics including:

The true definition of manhood
Deadbeat dads, divorce, and other sources of despair in family life
Why faith that only takes place in a church is dead
The consequences of sex and the responsibilities of parenthood
His own identity as a son, father, husband, singer, and African-American
What it means to be a “Christian moderate with swag” in the 21st century


What the Critics Say

"One of the biggest superstars in gospel....Franklin revolutionized gospel with his hip, contemporary sound." (Jet)
"Once again, Kirk Franklin takes the church beyond the traditional, transitioning his life's experiences into life lessons. Clearly there is more to this man than great music. You will feel the beat of his heart and faith." (T. D. Jakes)


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Customer Reviews

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Good Material

When, I first got this book it was very hard for me to download it on my mp3 player. It was very frustrating for me. I finally had to put it on my iphone. The only thing I hated that Kirk did not tell his story all the way thru. No, one can tell your story better than you can. The book has lots of good material that I wished I had known when I was younger. We sometimes look at famous people and don't realize that they have problems also. It was very refreshing to know that they have the same struggles as us regular folks. Kirk talks about how men should treat women. I think alot of times women are so happy to get a man that we kind of get over our heads with excitement. Most of us don't know how to hold conversations with people of the opposite sex because, there were no fathers there and sometimes no mothers. I am glad that I heard about it on the 700 club or i would have never known about it. This is a very informative book..
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- antigudra

Very Surprising from Kirk!

I must say I rather enjoyed this book. I had been considering it for about a year now and finally got down to; "well, theres nothing else out there right now". The values he is reflecting I can appreciate and rather enjoyed hearing. The performance (although the intent was to sound like Kirk) was a bit rough. At one point I felt it was a book for men. At the end it all came together with the title and made alot fo sense. I think you will enjoy.
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- Crystal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio