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In this inspiring debut memoir, Helen Smallbone, mother of seven creative children―including Christian music artists for KING & COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James―chronicles the family’s journey of faith across the ocean to go where God was leading. Written from a mother’s perspective, Helen shares stories of peaks, valleys, and a family trusting God for provision.

Helen Smallbone’s heartfelt story illustrates what it means to really let God lead, which almost always means living outside the box of how the world says to live. How did an ordinary Australian family produce two Grammy Award-winning artists―Rebecca St. James and for KING & COUNTRY? What happened to bring the Smallbones through closed doors and to new beginnings in the United States? In Behind the Lights, Helen shares not only these stories of her family but of the life lessons they all learned along the way.

In 1991 Helen and her husband, David, packed up their family and sixteen suitcases to move from Australia to the United States. Completely isolated from the support of family and friends, they relied on God to provide them with hope and direction. Helen watched her children join forces as Rebecca St. James’ career grew, soon followed by blossoming careers for the others―as artists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers―and the rise of Joel and Luke’s for KING & COUNTRY on Christian music charts. Helen shares untold stories and insights into how her family worked and stuck together, constantly relying on their faith to guide the way. Helen’s journey includes:

  • meeting her future husband with a cockatoo on her shoulder
  • the family’s move to the states in blind faith
  • the kindness of neighbors and the local church that gave them the encouragement they so desperately needed
  • years of touring alongside Rebecca and the formation of for KING & COUNTRY
  • the ways God led and enabled her to homeschool and think about education differently
  • an inside look at the stories and dynamics of the entire Smallbone family

No matter where you are in life, Helen shows through her own experiences that what God has done in her life, He will do in yours, too.

©2022 Helen Smallbone, Lisa Stilwell, Rebecca St. James, David Smallbone (P)2022 One Audiobooks

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  • R D
  • 23-05-2022

Honest examples of True Jesus followers

Enjoy the life and times of the remarkable journey story of the Smallbone family to date.
We just heard a fantastic open air concert by For King + Country after God Almighty stopped the cold rain. It was a remarkable concert by Luke & Joel and their gang. After listening to Helen Smallbone read her book, there is no doubt God is foremost in their lives. They included the entire family in everything, regardless, a lesson today's families could create adhesion to each other is so needed. Her Aussie accent and way of speaking is so much fun. I will read the paper copy in time also.

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  • Tony Chiappetta
  • 19-05-2022

Beautiful legacy

This book was such an honor to read. Helens testimony is raw, real and so inspiring. I enjoyed the peek into her families life. Thankyou for ministering through this book. My life was touched. As a homeschool mama and now seeing the fruits of seasons of motherhood this book was a gentle uplifting book full of miracles!

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  • J. Smith
  • 15-05-2022

For dads too

Wow, tears after tears… God is good. The question I ask myself, am I asking Jesus to come along with me or am I following Him with no strings attached?

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  • aesasunset
  • 13-05-2022

I love this book!

this has been my favorite book I have ever read it blessed me a lot and I appreciate everything that it said. I continue to pray for this family, and that they will continue to bless other people through this book and songs they will and have written and may God bless them.

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  • Michael Rosenberger
  • 10-05-2022

Amazing story of Gods grace and love!

Loved every minute of this book! Thank you for being salt and light to the world!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2022

Thank you

I appreciate this work of art, life's journey, testimony of living in Jesus Christ.

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  • Tori
  • 10-05-2022

God uses this family to impact many.

I loved hearing about how God worked in this families' lives from the mom's perspective. Helen did not sugarcoat when describing difficult parts of their journey. Her honesty and her faith proves how much God used their struggles for His purposes. God is faithful!

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  • cyndi clark
  • 06-05-2022

If you’re a mom, you will benefit from reading this!

INo matter what stage you are in, if you are a mom, you need to read (or better yet, listen to) this book. All of us moms have had successes and failures as we journey through raising our children. Helen honestly and humbly shares her stories of BOTH with us. It is a tremendous encouragement that in all of it, God is with us, paving the path for our children. Her wisdom’s in areas of work ethic, schooling, and sibling rivalry is invaluable.
I can honestly say, as a mentor in the ministry Helen co-founded, that she is the REAL DEAL. She truly loves and serves moms, and she is excellent proof that you never really stop being a mom, even when your kids are grown.

Thank you Helen for sharing the story of God’s faithfulness through your life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Diana Robey
  • 04-05-2022

What a wonderful story

I felt like I was listening to my own life story. I cried like I haven't done since the passing of my baby brother 11 years ago because I was so touched by this story. I definitely recommend this to anyone.

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  • Kelly Morse
  • 01-05-2022

A blessing during a difficult time

I sit here at 4:30 in the morning having finished the most incredible book that I have ever read. Right now, I am going through a tough time in my life. Six months ago, God led me to leave my husband so that he could save my husband and our marriage. Then three weeks ago, My husband had a stroke, and at the same time, I found out that he had been having an affair. God's timing is always PERFECT. My sister had gotten me tickets for King and Country for Christmas. Little did I know that those dates would fall when I needed that uplift the most. The day after my husband got into rehabilitation, my sister, my 5-year-old niece, and I were left stage singing our hearts out to for King and Country in Portland, Maine. However, as much as I love to sing and enjoyed their music and message, what truly impacted me the most was the short testimony that Luke gave about their life. So when he offered his mom’s book as a thank you to anyone that sponsored a child, my sister and I helped a child and excepted the gift that they were offering. God spoke through this book to me. It has brought me to tears more than once and caused me to laugh multiple times. However, the thing it has left with me is HOPE. I know that God has a plan, and I will trust that plan for my life. Helen, thank you for being willing to share your story. It has lifted my spirits, and I know that it will lift everyone who sees how God has used your life in such Miraculous ways.

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