I first learned about Matthew Paul Turner from his wife over breakfast at Blissdom '09. Jessica was telling me that he had written about his experience growing up in a strict fundamentalist Christian household and named the book Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess .
Some of the stories she told me seemed crazy, until you realize this was his LIFE we were discussing. And, it was, well, funny!
Music is the work of the Devil
It's no surprise that Turner grew up NOT hearing most of the music we knew. Even popular Christian groups were frowned upon in his church. He also grew up in a world where people, even young kids and teens, received direct messages or callings from God to do things. Turner received the message that he was to be the Christian version of Michael Jackson. And when God speaks, his people listen. So what was surprising to me is that his parents let him attend university in Nashville to study music business.
A Mind of His Own
Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost is a collection of stories that made me laugh, raise my eyebrows a few times, and think about how music has moved me in life. Turner is open, honest, and in my mind brave to reveal how sheltered he was (the chapter Bubble Boy covers some of it) yet how he found his own beliefs and spirituality through music.
I learned more about the world of Christian music, the issue of singing to spread God's word - or for fame and fortune, and just how controversial Amy Grant really was. Turner's stories and observations give an insider's view of the contemporary Christian music scene filled with humor and an often uncomfortable honesty.
That honesty is what drew me in page after page. Now I can't wait to get my hands on Churched!
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Disclosure: I received the review copy of Hear No Evil at no cost from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. All views and opinions with regard to the product or company are my own and are not influenced, nor reviewed by the company prior to posting.