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Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost - eBook
WaterBrook Press / 2010 / ePub
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A quirky, provocative, hilarious collection from master storyteller Matthew Paul Turner! Exploring moments where spiritual life intersects with music, Turner shares events that forced him out of his comfort zone and opened up new graces along the way. You'll laugh at how Sandi Patty saved him from insanity, his uncomfortable role as his church's "teen soloist," and his early dream of becoming the Michael Jackson of Christian music. Don't miss Turner's witty and insightful memoir of growing up as a faithful evangelical youth!
Like a good Amy Grant song, Hear No Evil will worm its way into your brain, lodge itself there, and refuse to leave. Every page is funny, honest, and full of the best kind of faith. Matthew Paul Turner isn't just a great Christian writer. He's a great writer, period. Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinners Semester at Americas Holiest University
The most glorious part about Hear No Evil is Matthew Paul Turners humor and authenticity. Brilliantly affective, this collection of stories about music--its triumphs, its dysfunction, and its value in peoples lives--will conjure up memories about your own musical journey and experiences. Matthew's funny and sometimes irreverent tone reveals not only his social relevance but also his sincerity. Josh Shipp, host of Jump Shipp, author of The Teens Guide to World Domination, MTV personality Theres an adage: Never make fun of a group of which you are not a member. Matthew Paul Turner grew up in the fundamentalist bubble and worked in the Christian Contemporary Music scene. And make fun of them he does however, not with outsider venom but with insider empathy. Hear No Evil is hilarious, cringe-worthy, and all too true. And Turner's faith survived. Halleluiah. Thats what humor can do. Susan E. Isaacs, actress, comedienne, and author of Angry Conversations with God
Hear No Evil is a compelling story that will send you on a journey where youre laughing one second and doing a painfully honest heart check the next. When you finish this book youll have a new understanding that God works in very unique and surprising ways as He draws us closer to Him. Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church, author of Plan B
Anyone who grew up in the evangelical bubble will relive their own adolescence through Turners witty, devastatingly forthright account of his own. Couching his unsparing observation in self-effacing mirth, he drags the superstition and cultural backwardness of the good ole Christian subculture right out into the open. Even if youve had bad experiences with exorcisms in the past, Hear No Evil is the last one youll ever need. David Sessions, founding editor of Patrol magazine
In Hear No Evil, Matthew Paul Turner writes The odd thing about Christians pursuing fame is that they do it while pretending not to be interested in fame. I would buy this book even if this was the only sentence printed inside. Its that valuable. Jonathan Acuff , creator of StuffChristiansLike.net and author of the book Stuff Christians Like
After a childhood roped off from popular culture, Turner (The Christian Culture Survival Guide) chased dreams of becoming a Christian singer only to find the safe genre more plastic than relevant. In this memoir, Turner strings together his journey from starstruck child to Christian music editor, with tales of musics influence on his Independent Fundamental Baptist upbringing. At times, the book takes aim at the denomination, lamenting the anxiety its moral absolutes produce: few things existed that were more frightful than a syncopated beat. At other points, the book becomes a critique of unoriginal Christian music. Turner calls for honesty from all Christians, begging artists to tap into guarded imaginations and urging churches to be more forgiving when singers step outside the box. Despite his misgivings, Turner maintains a playful tone, like a teenager rolling his eyes at an embarrassing parent. Still hopeful, he seeks not to discount Christian music and its listeners but to fine-tune his Christian church and shake up the genre that remains a consistent thread of grace in his life. (Feb.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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