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With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to Korn

Brian "Head" Welch, Brian "Head" Welch, Brian Welch, Head, Carol Traver
With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to Korn

A life-changing spiritual awakening freed Brian "Head" Welch from a stranglehold of drugs and alcohol and prompted him to leave the highly successful nu-metal band KoRn in 2005. What followed was a decade-long trial by fire, from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depres... Read More

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A life-changing spiritual awakening freed Brian "Head" Welch from a stranglehold of drugs and alcohol and prompted him to leave the highly successful nu-metal band KoRn in 2005. What followed was a decade-long trial by fire, from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depression and self-mutilation to the harsh realities of playing solo and surviving the shattering betrayal of a trusted friend. In this intensely inspiring redemption saga, perhaps most inspiring is Brian’s radical decision to rejoin KoRn and reconcile with the tribe of people he once considered family in the metal music scene.

Brian returned to his musical roots with a clear head and a devoted heart. Though his story is wild, hilarious, and deeply poignant, the message is simple: God will love you into the freedom of being yourself, as long as you keep the relationship going and never, ever quit.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: May 17, 2016
  • UPC: 9780718030605
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish Date: May 17, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "BIO004000"
  • ISBN: 0718030605

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Prayers, Jesus & Rock and Roll by Becky on 6/21/2016

What does a meth addicted, well-known rock band member, and Jesus have in common? Quite a bit, as will be discovered in this true story of Brian Welch, also known by the stage name, Head. He was a heavy drug user, often staying high for a week or longer. Brian was one of the co-founders of the metal rock band, KoRn, along with one of the guitarists in that group. KoRn made him millions of dollars, but it didn't bring happiness. Instead he, along with his wife, spent most of their time using meth, along with other drugs, hoping their next high would bring them the nirvana they were seeking.

After his wife left them, Brian became a single parent to their young daughter, Jennea. With those new responsibilities, and wanting to be a good dad, Brian brought her on the road with him along with KoRn. But try as he might, he wasn't able to break free from his destructive lifestyle.

And then one day he became radically saved by Jesus, and was instantly able to walk away from all the drugs. Despite a contract that was soon to pay the band millions of dollars, Brian also walked away from KoRn, giving it all up. He wanted to devote himself to the care and raising of Jennea, and the worship of God. This book is the story of what happened to Brian and Jennea since then.

The relationship between Brian and Jennea really thrived, and Brian's relationship with God deepened. Traveling for mission work took the place of being on the road with KoRn. He also started various music endeavors on his own, eventually forming the band, Love and Death. But there were hard times, too, that included being lied to by a trusted friend. That led to such a loss of Brian's money, that he and Jennea were forced to search their furniture for lost coins hoping to find enough to buy food. They lost their home, and bankruptcy loomed ahead of them.

Slowly, his finances straightened out, and then God surprised Brian by leading him to a reconciliation with his KoRn band members. Could Brian return to life on the road with KoRn, avoid drugs, and be a light for Jesus at the same time? Amazingly, all those things, and more, have taken place. Brian will be the first to say it is happening because he is where God wants him to be.

But just as that part of Brian's life starting improving, his relationship with Jennea disintegrated. Their communication consisted of only heated arguments, and Jennea began to hurt herself, too. That crisis caused Brian to make the hardest decision of his life, get help for Jennea--but possibly at the cost of their relationship.

I am not a fan of heavy rock music, but Brian's story will grab your attention whether you are a fan of his type of music or not. It is easy to identify with his pain as a parent when Jennea pulled away from him, and started making bad choices. Brian's financial situation, a result of betrayal by a friend, along with his own unwise decisions, is also something that many will relate to. Through it all, though, Brian never turned away from God. His faith is strong, genuine and uplifting to read about. Pick up this 5-star book, and discover the story of a dad who loves both God, and his daughter, with endearing passion.

Thomas Nelson Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of With My Eyes Wide Open for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Inspiring and uplifting by Nicholle on 5/17/2016

This book is so inspiring not just for Christians but for anyone who has ever gone thru anything hard in their whole lives, so, everybody! I am a Christian and though I was never a fan of KoRn, I found Brian by accident in my local library by picking up his first book and reading it and being so inspired. This man has had an amazing struggle but has overcome so much in his life. This book is about his difficulty getting his solo career going and being a single dad at the same time. Making some bad decisions along the way, as do most people, still having faith in God even in the worst of times when most people would have given up. He also struggles with his daughter which most parents have problems with their kids but they really hit some highs and lows . This book had me in tears at times, I felt like I was right there with him. It was a very easy read, it was like having a conversation with him. It's kind of like listening to a friend tell you a story about their life. Sometimes I couldn't read the words through my tears because I was either moved by something or feeling sad with him. This book was amazing! Bravo Brian!!

Phenomenal Read by Yvonne on 5/12/2016

Once again Brian "Head" Welch has written a book for real people. He lets us know that even though he is strong in his faith, he still struggles and has times where he doubts of God is listening and that's ok. Reading this book made me feel like I wasn't alone in my wondering what the heck is going on in my life and why is God letting all of this happen to me. It made me realize that I just need to trust in God and let Him take control and know that there is a reason and I will come out of it a stronger person in the end.

God has a plan by Cheryl on 5/12/2016

Many have heard the story about how Brian "Head" Welch became a Christian and left the band Korn (If you have not I recommend you read Save Me From Myself by Brian), only to rejoin the band a few years later. This was very confusing to a lot of Christians. Had he lost his faith? Given up on God? Absolutely not. This book answers the how and whys of his decision. It chronicles Brian's personal journey and struggles he encountered after becoming a Christian. The heartaches of dealing with a daughter in depression, anger issues and financial woes are just a few topics he deals with. Brian is willing to open up and candidly share his story. When things seem bleak, Brian looks to God for healing and strength. An easy read that made me laugh, cry and evaluate my own walk with God.

…to look after orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
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