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Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost Kindle Edition
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— Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University
“The most glorious part about Hear No Evil is Matthew Paul Turner’s humor and authenticity. Brilliantly affective, this collection of stories about music--its triumphs, its dysfunction, and its value in people’s 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 Teen’s Guide to World Domination, MTV personality
“There’s 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. That’s 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 you’re laughing one second and doing a painfully honest heart check the next. When you finish this book you’ll 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 Churc...
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- ASIN : B0036S0F6M
- Publisher : Convergent Books; 1st edition (February 10, 2010)
- Publication date : February 10, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 873 KB
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- Print length : 242 pages
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I came to the book via goofballing around those "rock music is the devil's music" juvenile advice books by Bob Larson, Dan/Steve Peters record burnings, satanic backmasking paranoid conspiracies that were so popular in the late '70s and '80s. I was only vaguely aware that Jeff Godwin (wow) thought Amy Grant was eeevil, but the only other volume that hinted there was an issue with more-vanilla-than-Pat-Boone pop, CCM, was a fence-straddling Dan/Steve Peters-Cher Merrill WHAT ABOUT CHRISTIAN ROCK? book, suggesting CCM was a Christian music niche for their own youth market. But then, I stumbled onto the old mid-'50s "the beat!" devil-rock arguments full of codewords that keep being recycled (all the way back to syncopated ragtime/jass/jazz with flappers from World War I), like those THE HORROR OF HAMMER sequels exhuming Christopher Lee's corpse for another full-fanged scare. Matthews book is a nice look at that culture still in play--really, Sandi Patti, Sheila Walsh and Amy Grant are eeevil? Buying and throwing out/your mother throwing out Grant's vanilla-pop HEARTS IN MOTION crossover album as rock-offensive (???) several times over: that's harsh.
The downer part of the book for me, as a record junkie, is the short-shrift of information about Matthew's stint at CCM. Meh, I had a segue into re-listening to some of Amy Grant's old titles; she was the Elvis or Beatles of CCM's rise as a pop niche when I was pestered on campus in the early '80s from the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Billboard had some coverage of the updated album charts, splitting their ...GOSPEL... album chart into TOP SPIRITUAL LPS and TOP INSPIRATIONAL LPS (CCM titles showed up on the latter; the charts were published once every 4 weeks or so in the middle of the month issues) about March, 1980, but CCM provided the "singles" radio charting going back to July, 1978, whatever the methodology to track the songs. Any books about the CCM magazines history tend to be shallow and I'd hoped that Matthew's observations would have plumbed deeper on the business side of the magazine, trade advertising/promotion, and charts. I found "Chasing Amy" (p. 185-201) excerpted on the internet, a la Jack R. Christianson's "Apples or Onions" article from his books about eeevil rock music, and searched out Matthew's book on the strength of his Amy Grant CCM interview(s). It's a well-written, some great and restrained, funny observations, coming of-age book, but a bit smallish.
If half of this is true, I'm going to call my parents and thank them for raising me in the United Methodist Church.
Who knew that Sandi Patti was considered so subversive? Funny.. that was the first concert that I ever went to. My youth director took us. I couldn't stand it. To each his own, I suppose.
I remember well the 1980's youth programs on how rock and roll was a tool of the devil, and now that's the musical style of many worship services.
What I like about this book is that while we may look back and think some of it seems a bit ridiculous, it's all just part of the age-old practice of adding baggage to the Gospel. There was a time when new believers were expecting to undergo circumcision in order to become Christians. Paul and some of the other early Christians fought against this. We continue to do the same thing, turning clean into unclean.
And that's really what this book is about from a musical perspective. Matthew Paul Turner's journey was raised with a lot of this baggage, and it's taken him years to move beyond it.
Your life is pretty much an exact mirror of mine, but I'm female.
Dripping with unexaggerated sarcasm, this book shines a light on the negative impact religious indoctrination and sheltering can have on a child. This is not fiction.
I'm now an agnostic anti-theist.
Why? It's obvious.
I wondered what approach he would take -- sarcastic, judgmental, "in joke." And yes, it was good-natured. That's the key. They are "in jokes" that if you didn't grow up in the Bible belt, or aren't familiar with Christian culture you might not get it or think that he is poking fun.
But if you grew up in the 80's or followed Contemporary Christian music -- Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Micheal W. Smith -- from the early years, you'll definitely laugh along as these "in jokes" that come across as good-natured because they are from one of your own. It's like your family -- you might not want someone else to point out their quirks or idiosyncracies, but if it comes from within, it's really funny.