Hear No Evil: Marching in the Lord’s Army, Fleeing the Devil, and Finding a Righteous Groove

Matthew Paul Turner, Author . WaterBrook $13.99 (231p) ISBN 978-1-4000-7472-3

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. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 01/11/2010
Release date: 02/01/2010
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