About the Book:
After a childhood roped off from popular culture, Turner (The Christian Culture Survival Guide) chased dreams of becoming a Christian singer only to find the safe genre more plastic than relevant. In this memoir, Turner strings together his journey from starstruck child to Christian music editor, with tales of music's influence on his Independent Fundamental Baptist upbringing. At times, the book takes aim at the denomination, lamenting the anxiety its moral absolutes produce: few things existed that were more frightful than a syncopated beat. At other points, the book becomes a critique of unoriginal Christian music. Turner calls for honesty from all Christians, begging artists to tap into guarded imaginations and urging churches to be more forgiving when singers step outside the box. Despite his misgivings, Turner maintains a playful tone, like a teenager rolling his eyes at an embarrassing parent. Still hopeful, he seeks not to discount Christian music and its listeners but to fine-tune his Christian church and shake up the genre that remains a consistent thread of grace in his life.
About the Author:
Matthew Paul Turner is a blogger, speaker and author of The Coffeehouse Gospel, Provocative Faith, Beatitude: Relearning Jesus, the What You Didn’t Learn from Your Parents About… series, and several other popular books. He has written for Relevant, HomeLife, Christian Single magazines and was the former editor of CCM magazine. Matthew and his wife, Jessica, live in Nashville, Tennessee. He can be found online at www.matthewpaulturner.com.
I so related with the author. He and I both grew up in baptist churches in the South. He considered himself music deprived as his church was very conservative. My church was also. I remember when I was ten and the Beatles first album came out, I loved it and my grandpa (whom I grew up with ), thought it was 'devil music'. So I totally relate. I just wanted to be in the flower child generation and my grandparents thought I should hear nothing but old time gospel music. When God tells the author He needs him to be the Christian version of Michael Jackson, well, I thought that was hilarious. I never got that speech. Needless to say , I was a rebellious teenager.
This book is a great read and the author draws you into the story with him, and you will find yourself relating to so many things. It is how God shaped Michael Paul Turner's story. It made me think how God has shaped my storu also. How has God shaped yours?
highly reccomended- 5*****stars.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not paid for my review.