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The author, who as a teen interviewed the fledgling band on their first U.S. tour, takes us from their upbringing in war-torn Northern Ireland, to their dominance over the music scene in the early 1990s, and then to their role as spiritual ambassadors to post-9/11 America. Throughout we get a picture of the spirituality that flows out of U2's music and how their influence has spread beyond music into issues such as AIDS activism, debt relief for developing nations, and the crisis in Darfur.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Gospel According to
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Who among us has not experienced hearing a song that moved us deeply, that spoke to us in a truly spiritual way? Millions of fans around the world have found that inspiration in the music of U2, arguably the biggest band in the world today. This engaging and informative book examines the spirituality that drives U2, a band whose influence has spread far beyond music and whose songs encourage listeners to put their faith into action for the sake of the poor and marginalized.
Author: Greg Garrett
Located in: Austin, TX
Submitted: June 12, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a writer, teacher, preacher, musician, and father.
What was your motivation behind this project? I've been listening to U2 since the early 1980s and interviewed them early in their career. U2's music and their work for peace and justice has been a huge part of my own spiritual journey, and I wanted to examine their work theologically so people could learn from it.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I'd like for readers of the book to recognize, first, that God speaks to us in many ways, and that U2's music has been a powerful influence even on those outside the Church. I also hope they might recognize how we are called to be in community, and to work together for the Kingdom of God.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Well, I listened to U2 for two years as I was thinking about and writing the book. But mostly I was inspired by their songs and their example. I finished the project more impressed by them than when I'd begun.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? For this book, I'm going to stick with U2.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I think U2's new album, No Line on the Horizon, is one of their most overtly Christian. And I explain why in the book.