Friday, February 19, 2010

Hear No Evil

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. Straightforward and amusing, Hear No Evil is Turner’s “life soundtrack,” a compilation of engaging personal stories about how music—and music’s ability to transform—has played a key role in his spiritual life.
Groove along on his journey as young evangelical Turner attends forbidden contemporary Christian concerts, moves to “ Music City ” Nashville , and dreams of becoming the Michael Jackson of Christian music.
Cosmic and compelling, keen and funny, every page is a new encounter with the 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.

I was excited about being asked to review this book;  I could live without TV sooner than I could without music. I also love books so a book about music seems to combine the best of both worlds.


I did not love this book though.


Snarky doesn’t bother me.  I have even been known to make fun of people on occasion. But I believe “in all things moderation” and this book was not moderately snarky.


Maybe it is just me but it seemed that the majority of people in this book were criticized. Maybe I am oversensitive but I just don’t find that sort of humor funny – at least not in large quantities.


In fairness, Matthew Paul Turner also made fun of himself – or the self he used to be back when he was young and naive.  And yes, now I am being snarky because he is only in his mid-thirties - barely.


Would I recommend this book? Well, I know others have said that is is funny and others have liked it. I also don’t see the humor in Seinfeld or The Office so it could just be me. I would have to say, no I don’t really recommend it.


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

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