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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Somehow, its hard to picture pop culture and Christianity going hand-in-hand, but maybe we simply aren't looking at things the right way. All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture reveals places where readers may be surprised to find redeeming values and gospel messages in todays movies, music, popular TV shows, and much more!
When you look closely, past the outrageous outfits and the antics of teen pop-sensations, its easy to see that from the big screen to the small screen and right down to the radio waves, God and His stories are still prevalent in pop culture today. There are movies and television shows that speak eternal truth, reality show families who represent believers well, even fictional Christians portrayed in a positive light. And if you listen closely, musicians are still conversing with God as the original songwriters of the Bible did. For the reader searching for meaning in media today, All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture is the perfect choice.
- Fun Bible-based facts and trivia questions
- Examples of biblical messages from current TV shows, films, and pop songs
- A casual and engaging resource
ceemeeMetro Manila, PhilippinesAge: 25-34Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Not for me!July 10, 2015ceemeeMetro Manila, PhilippinesAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 3One has to be updated on all Hollywood movies, TV series and popular music to be able to relate with and appreciate this book. Unfortunately, I am not. Therefore, it was difficult to finish this book. Even if there were synopses and brief descriptions, the details were important to be able to make the connection with the Bible.
All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture shows that we can find God's messages everywhere; in stories, in TV shows, in songs, in movies, if we only look.
We also need to know what we look for. That means, we need to read the Bible, to imbibe it and apply it in our everyday lives. To me, this is the bottom line of this book. And that the church should do its job. And that Christians should not easily write off pop culture as bad influence.
Pop quizzes pepper the book to test the reader's' knowledge of the Bible.
I wish there was a theme that ties up the ideas presented in the book. They were scattered. The author, Kevin Harvey wrote about being a Christian, about the sins of humans, about how Jesus would love others, about redemption, even music in the time of Moses and other topics that don't seem to seamlessly connect with each other.
For people who love the pop culture, like Mr. Harvey, All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture would pique their interest. But, not mine.
Note: I received a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Jennifer M4 Stars Out Of 5All You Want To Know About the BibleJune 9, 2015Jennifer MQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0All You Want To Know About The Bible in Pop Culture combines two of my very favorite things: The Bible, and pop culture. Kevin Harvey has written a fun, informative, and interesting little book here, with something to appeal to bible scholars and movie aficionados alike.
Taking a look at everything from films to television to music to super heroes, Harvey walks us through the current state of pop culture, showing us where we can find God - and biblical values - in seemingly unlikely places. He gives countless specific examples, and cites such popular favorites as Superman, Lost, The Big Bang Theory, and Katy Perry. He shows us that the important messages of the Gospel aren't exclusive to our Sunday morning church services, and that if we are open to it, we can find them even in the movie theater, in Tuesday night sitcoms, and in the Billboard Top Ten.
As someone who whole-heartedly loves God and pop culture, I truly appreciated this book. It reaffirmed to me what I already believed to be true: That God is everywhere. You just need to be willing to find him.
On a practical level, the book was organized well. The chapters were short, and punctuated with interesting side-bars, little quizzes, quotes, and games. It was a fast and fun read, and an excellent choice for anyone who may want to challenge their belief that there is "nothing of God" in pop culture.
IoanaOradea, RomaniaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A needed book in our timesApril 14, 2015IoanaOradea, RomaniaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5"Like those four heroes of the Bible, would you dare to join me in learning more of the art of our time and see what God can do through us?"
This is the question the author of All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture invites his reader to ponder. Kevin Harvey structures his book in eight chapters, each dealing with a major theme in pop culture. Starting from Supermans (which of course stands for Savior, actually!), going through movies and TV series (oh, how I loved the Lost chapter!), the music that is so popular nowadays, and even the things we say that have been used in the Bible, Harvey shows his readers that there is something worth paying attention to in pop culture.
The message of the book is this: pop culture offers just a glimpse, an idea of what people really need. Pop culture can only go that far in offering people what they lack God. The other half is met by the Bible, the true, living Word of God. By looking at all the pop culture influences of these times in peoples lives, and implicitly in the believer's life, the author argues that the need for love and for salvation are deeply rooted in every human being, but we might be looking for the source of joyful life in all the bad places. As he put it: "Pop culture is oftentimes quite successful at providing for us the half that recognizes our brokenness. The half that admits our need for love, for purpose. The half that tells us we need redemption, someone or something to save us."
I wont lie I have been very skeptical about this book. At times I felt the author to be too liberal in his thinking, too impertinently bold in his jokes. Despite all these, I could see his point, and I sure appreciated the research hes been doing in proving this point. I absolutely loved the puns he made, the inside jokes, so to say regarding pop culture, and the references to the Biblical people. At times, yes, I felt lost because I know not of all these pop culture references, but all in all, I got the idea and the message. Its a book Ive enjoyed reading and I recommend it to anyone who wants to know what could God and pop culture ever have in common in this era.
Throughout the book the author kept coming back to the same idea God loves people and He is their biggest fan. One of my favourite passages in the book is this one, and sums up perfectly the desires of our hearts to be loved: "...everyone is uniquely created by a God who cares recklessly and without abandon for them. He would be the first to follow them on Twitter, as well as their first friend on Facebook, and he would even keep checking back on their long-abandoned MySpace pages to see if they had finally been updated. God cares about every intricate detail of our lives, and he has gone out of his way to let us know that."
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Pop culture in the BibleMarch 20, 2015debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I was excited to get this book and what a disappointment. I did not understand what this book was trying to say. The back cover explains how Kevin is going to tell us how GOD shows up in movies, TV shows and the media today. I did not read this cover to cover as the book has no flow, it is confusing and not an easy understanding read. The font through out the book is big, little, fuzzy, outlined, highlighted, different types of font, very hard on your eyes and very distracting. I wish I could have gotten through the book, but I did skim it to try to find a subject I could understand and what he was trying to get through to the readers. I did not like that he puts only a few words from a bible verse and then give the reference i.e.....(v.2) (v. 3-4). At the end of the book, it has crossword puzzles, mazes, word search and quizzes, that you would find in a child's Sunday school class bulletin. Needless to say I was heartbroken as I was looking forward to this book.
I would not recommend this book to anyone as I couldn't understand what the message was in this book. Sorry to say, don't buy this unless you are at a bookstore and can skim it and see if you understand the flow. I do hope that someone does understand the format of this book, as I can tell Kevin did try and he put effort into writing this. This is just not my style of book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through booksneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
Jenny1 Stars Out Of 5AwfulMarch 17, 2015JennyQuality: 5Meets Expectations: 1My most heartbreaking books to review are the ones that I really, really want to like, but I just can't get on board with it theologically. Unfortunately, this is one of those books. I really want to like All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture: Finding Our Creator in Superheros, Prince Charming, and Other Modern Marvels by Kevin Harvey. Unfortunately, there is just too much wrong with it for me to be able to recommend it to anyone.
First of all the obvious...this is not ALL I want to know about the Bible in Pop Culture. This is just handful of instances where Christians have shown up in movies, TV and music. And when I say handful, I mean a very small handful. This book would have been much more accurately titled, "A Few Times Christians Popped Up in Media". I was expecting something far more encyclopedic than just a few TV shows, a couple of movies and some songs.
Next, the author doesn't "find our Creator" in much of any of it. It is more of a bashing of any time any Christian shows up in media and isn't portrayed as a perfect, saintly angel. I really got sick of the author's holier than thou stance. Any time that a Christian was portrayed as having a flaw, he jumped all over it. In case he didn't realize it, Christians are just as messed up as everyone else in the world. If we weren't, we wouldn't need Jesus. So any accurate depiction of a Christian is going to have them be messed up in some way. If you're looking for unrealistic, superhuman Christian characters who are the good guys with no flaws, go pick up the latest Christian movie that has come out.
The author also seems to have little ability to find the bigger message in some of the pop culture references he mentions. He is so upset by the fact that the people who claim to be Christians in the movie Saved! are the bad guys instead of the good guys that he misses the entire point of the movie...that just because you say your a Christian doesn't mean you are any better a person than non-believers. He also seemed to miss the point of the scene from The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon finds out his mom is having sex with a man she isn't married to. It isn't saying that it is okay for Christians to have sex outside of marriage. It is showing how Sheldon deals with a woman who he has always put on a pedestal disappointing him. For someone who claims to be well versed in pop culture, this author seems to miss the artistry in delivering a message.
The most revolting issue I have with this book is it's theology. There are some places that are so off the mark, I just want to throw the book in the garbage. He quotes Ecclesiastes 8:15, "a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun," and says that King Solomon had a misguided view of happiness by writing this verse. REALLY??? I would be interested to see what the author thinks of the rest of the book of Ecclesiastes if that is his opinion of this verse. He seems dismayed that different Christians live out their Christianity in different ways. He seems to forget the grace that has been given to us, and which has been explained over and over again in the Epistles, to express our faith differently. This author seems to judge people (fictional or not) on a very strict set of Christian rules and categorizes them as either good for people to see or bad for people to see. He forgets that EVERY Christian should be put in the bad for people to see category, because we all mess up all the time.
Lastly, as if this book wasn't strange enough in all it's flaws, it has a whole section in the back full of puzzles that are said to help you learn about pop culture's favorite book. Who knows why the puzzles were included; I'm guessing because the publisher felt the book was too short. But again the title is misleading. How does a maze in the shape of an ark help you learn about the Bible? Why couldn't the author have just said, "Oh, and here are some puzzles to enjoy"?
All the fancy fonts, graphics and insets in the world can't save a book that is nothing more than pedantic Christian judgmentalism. This book had so much promise, but unless you are a legalistic dogmatist, you are going to find the attitudes you encounter in this book to be hypocritical and insulting.
I was provided this book free of charge in return for my honest review.