Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Book Review: Hear No Evil

A collection of wise, compelling, and often uproariously funny essays built around the experience of music as a transformational element in a moment of truth, Hear No Evil mines Matthew Paul Turner’s humorous memories of his evangelical youth and invites readers to groove along on his journey.

From attending forbidden contemporary Christian concerts to moving to “Music City” Nashville, Hear No Evil chronicles Turner’s “life soundtrack” which morphs seamlessly into the stories of people, places, and experiences that have taught the music-editor-turned-author some new things about God, forced him out of his comfort zone, and introduced him to a fresh view of grace along the way.

If you’ve ever had the opening bars of a song transport you back in time or remind you of a pivotal spiritual moment, Matthew Paul Turner’s honest—and frequently hilarious—musings will strike a chord. Straight forward and amusing, Hear No Evil is an exploration of a life of faith lived to a personal soundtrack.

Ok, so we all know that music can take us back to a moment. I think that's what is so great about it. You hear a song and suddenly you're transported back in time. Music has an impact on everyone. It's universal. Don't you think? I absolutely love how Matthew Paul Turner describes his love of music and how it helped him grow in his faith.

I laughed so hard so many times while reading Hear No Evil. I can't even tell you. I tried to explain it to my mom and I know it just fell short of what I felt. I told her she'd have to read it for herself. I kept thinking back to when I was a kid. The stereotypes of religions in this book...I remember hearing lots of them. It's funny in a sad sorta way. Anyways, this is a really great book that makes you think about yourself, your faith, and how you allow yourself to portray it.

If you think it's something you'd like to read, you can purchase a copy here.

*Disclaimer: This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*


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