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Behind the Lights – Helen Smallbone

Title: Behind the Lights: The Extraordinary Adventure of a Mum and Her Family

Author: Helen Smallbone

Genre: Memoir

Plot: Helen Smallbone is the mom (or mum because she hails from Australia) of 90’s and early 2000’s Christian singer Rebecca St. James and now popular Christian duo for King and Country. In this book, she tells the story of growing up in Australia, meeting her husband, starting a family, and starting over in the USA. Life was never easy for her and her family. She learned with her family and shares stories of success and failure. Helen tells stories of how Rebecca St. James and for King and Country got their start and how it was a family venture. Everyone had a role in their family and how they learned what they now. Helen leads us all the way up to the present and what led her to write the book.

Rating: 4.0 – a good story about faith, family, and music

Opinion: This was a great book. I grew up listening to Rebecca St. James. I think she was one of the first concerts I went to when I was a kid. I didn’t know she was so young when she was popular. Now I love listening to her brother’s band, for King and Country. I loved knowing that for both of them, their music was a family business. I’m glad their whole family was a part of their music. I loved that everyone in their family got to help and had a part to play. It was interesting to know how much they all were able to do and showed that not everything is learned in a classroom. Some things are better learned on the job. It was nice to hear about the ups and downs of life and not everything is easy. It paints a better picture of family life and makes it easier to relate to them. I loved getting to know more about two artist I love from the eyes of one of people who loves them the most. This is a great book for anyone who loves Rebecca St. James and for King and Country.

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