Trip Lee’s author bio says: “Trip Lee is an author, hip-hop artist, pastor, and thought leader. He regularly preaches and teaches at Christian conferences and events and has performed his music for thousands of listeners around the world. As a critically acclaimed hip-hop artist, Trip has won a Stellar Award and been nominated for several Dove awards. His latest album is entitled Rise. He and Jessica, his wife of five years, have two young children.”

All of those titles could lead one to believe that Lee is an older man, possibly even out of touch with the life challenges facing the Millennial Generation. That assumption would be completely inaccurate.  Trip Lee has certainly accomplished much in his short life, and when I say short I mean, he’s not yet 30 years old.  It is not that specific reason alone that I loved this book but it certainly added weight.

Rise, in my opinion is written as a book that is part call to action, and part resource to equip the college age student to move forward successfully in life.  Lee covers many of the top controversial issues in current culture such as pornography, sex before marriage, living a “fun” life before you grow up and pop culture music and videos.  Throughout Lee points the reader to scripture, but also speaks from his personal experiences in life, and why he has made certain decisions.

Lee begins with telling a story from his life where even people in his church were not giving him advice that was inline with scripture.  With each story told, or subject covered Lee is clear and concise in his writing.  At the same time, Lee writes as if what he is saying is a conversation.  Many times throughout the book Lee pauses to explain why he chose to include a certain subject in Rise, and why is should be something the reader does not ignore.

I think this is a great book for any person at any age, but specifically for a male in high school or older, the challenges in this book will impact a heart that is eager to learn.

In exchange for an honest review I was given a free copy of this book via booklookblogger  the opinions expressed are my own.


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