Matthew Paul Turner definitely knows how to shake things up. Hear No Evil was the first book of Turner’s that I had ever read and I found it painfully honest at times. As humorous as many of his stories and examples were, there were some times when I felt uncomfortable reading this book – mainly due to my theological differences. All through this book, I sensed that making others a bit uncomfortable and causing the reader to question why they view God the way that they do, is exactly what the author was after.
Being raised in a similar denomination to the one Turner writes most about in this book, I got his sense of humor right away and understood his lighthearted jabs at some of the nonsense that was (and maybe still is) taught in some churches today. With a childhood steeped in legalism – I did laugh at many of the examples he gave of what was considered “off limits” to him as a young Baptist. One of my favorite comments of his was about a woman he remembered from his childhood whom he referred to as the Born Again Gossip.
I loved Turner’s description of how his family snuck out to a “forbidden” Sandi Patty concert and experienced TRUE worship with people from every gender, ethnic group and religious background worshipping God together.
Having said all of that, Matthew Paul Turner’s take on worship and his approach to Jesus is from what I consider a “seeker sensitive” perspective. For those readers who are into light theology with little accountability, this book will probably feed right into their idea of church, God and Christianity.
From the Publisher:
Every Life Has a Soundtrack
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 “
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.
If you’d like to visit the author’s blog click here: http://jesusneedsnewpr.blogspot.com/2009/10/hear-no-evil.html
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This book was provided free for review by Waterbook Multnomah