Christian music veteran Jaci Velasquez opens up about how she overcame the difficulties of early fame, a failed marriage and the challenges that come with having a child with autism in her new book. Velasquez details her journey in her new Thomas Nelson book, When God Rescripts Your Life: Seeing Value, Beauty and Purpose When Life Is Interrupted.
Speaking to Christian Post, Velasquez says, "It's actually a collection of stories. Some failures, some joy, some fears, some things that I thought would be helpful for others to make them feel like they are not alone, if you will, to help them understand that sometimes I am guilty and we are guilty of confusing our dreams with God's dreams and confusing our vision with God's calling. And sometimes our poor choices take us off track," she explained.
"But God and His goodness and His redeeming way can take those missteps, those poor choices, those mistakes, and He can receive them and make them beautiful, and make it to where you say, 'Oh, wow, You do make beauty from ashes.'"
After the release of her first album at the awkward age of sixteen, Jaci Velasquez found sudden fame. Five of the songs reached number one, and she became the first and fastest-selling solo artist in Christian music history to reach gold status with a debut album. Despite her initial success, however, her career stalled, and her young marriage ended after little more than a year, leaving her feeling broken, used up, and sometimes useless. But God repurposed those experiences for a greater plan as her renewed faith carried her through a resurrected career, the adventures of a second marriage, and the ups-and-downs of being a wife and mother of two boys, including one diagnosed with autism.
Through a blend of personal narrative, practical strategies, and the truth of God's word, Jaci invites readers to rewrite their own stories and dream new dreams for their lives. Her life-transforming insights will guide readers in not only overcoming challenges, wrong turns, and often painful circumstances, but also in growing from those experiences and becoming equipped and empowered to help others.
Jaci Velasquez has attained three RIAA® certified Platinum® albums, three RIAA certified Gold® albums, sixteen No. 1 singles, six more singles in the top 10, seven Dove Awards, three Latin Grammy® Award nominations, and three Grammy Award nominations. She has also graced more than fifty magazine covers, including Teen People, Latin Girl, Teen Beat, Parade, and People and has as appeared in ads for Pepsi, Doritos, and Target.
For nearly six years, she has co-hosted Salem Broadcasting Network's "The Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug and Jaci Velasquez" with more than 1.5 million daily listeners. In addition to writing, recording, touring, and serving as an advocate for autism awareness, Velasquez has been featured in five faith-based films since 2009, hosted the SESAC Christian Music Awards and the GMA IMMERSE conference, and has been internationally active in the music industry since her emergence as an award-winning artist at the age of sixteen.
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