For Today’s Mattie Montgomery Announces ‘Lovely Things in Ugly Places’ Memoir
Mattie Montgomery and his band For Today have been making a lot of news lately with the recent announcement of their disbanding. As the group embarks on their final tour, the vocalist will also be releasing a memoir called “Lovely Things in Ugly Places.”
The avid Christian hip-hop fan will be releasing his book on October 10th of this year. Preorder it here.
The book will document some of Mattie’s experiences of bringing Jesus’ light to dark places as the band has spread the gospel in bars, clubs, and festivals all over the world. This was something they took very seriously as they felt the calling to follow the Great Commission.
The opening of the book better explains the theme of the book. It reads as follows:
“Wherever fear has built a wall, love can build a bridge. Even in the ugliest places, the light of hope can shine into the darkness of despair. And if we’re willing to step bravely into the cold emptiness that some call life, we just might see the beauty of hope begin to blossom again where there was once nothing.”
As the band winds down, expect Mattie to continue to transition into more of an evangelist. Over the last few years, he has been speaking at churches and events where he is equipping people to minister the gospel. This is the next chapter he feels “honored” to be a part of.
“When we started this band in 2005, we never imagined that our music would take us all around the world. Our lives have been hugely impacted by the time we’ve spent making music and touring. We met our wives, had kids and moved to different states because of For Today. It’s been an incredible experience, but we feel like now is the time to close this chapter of our lives and move on,” the band said in a Facebook post.
This may not be the end of music for Mattie. Earlier this year he told Rapzilla that he’d love to do a rap/metal mashup mixtape.
“It’s been kind of a secret dream of mine for a while to do like a heavy metal, hip-hop mashup mixtape,” he said. “I don’t know what it would sound like or who would be a part of it, but I think that’d be real cool.”
He has already collaborated with Reach Records rapper KB on track No. 3 of his April 2015 album Tomorrow We Live, “I Believe”.