Hear No Evil And Free Book Giveaway!

February 19, 2010 — 10 Comments

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WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK FOR FREE? IF YOU ANSWERED “HECK YES, I’LL TAKE ANYTHING FOR FREE!” SIMPLY READ MY REVIEW BELOW, THEN COMMENT WITH WHATEVER MUSICAL ARTIST/GROUP HAS MADE THE MOST IMPACT ON YOUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. IT CAN BE THE BEATLES OR PETRA OR SWITCHFOOT. IT DOESN’T MATTER. SIMPLY COMMENT AND YOU’LL BE ENTERED TO BE SENT THIS BOOK FOR FREE.  CONTEST ENDS MONDAY, FEB 22nd AT MIDNIGHT AND THE WINNER WILL BE PICKED AT RANDOM ON TUESDAY FEB. 23rd. [MUST BE 18 YEAR S OR OLDER TO WIN THIS ONE…]

HOORAY FOR FREE.

Matthew Paul Turner is funny.  That is the first word I associate with this recovering-hyper-fundamentalist Christian author.  Matthew is known for his hilarious remarks on God and the Christian subculture on twitter and facebook, as well as at his blog titled “Jesus Needs New PR“. And I think that most of us in ministry agree that Jesus could use some better ways of spreading his message of hope, love, peace, and reconciliation.  For those who can laugh at funny images of Jesus and a little cyncism, Matthew is one of my favorite twitter users and bloggers.

Over the past week, I have read Matthew’s new book, Hear No Evil, and it has been a hilarious journey.  I found myself at the dinner table reading chapters aloud to Sarah and sharing the stories with friends.  Like any good writer, Matthew draws you in to make you feel a part of the conversations.   On a more personal level, the stories resonated loudly to me as someone who thought he was supposed to work in the music industry, but was instead called to vocational ministry.  Hear No Evil is a memoir, written from a perspective like Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz or Chuck Klosterman’s musical journey across the U.S. in Killing Myself to Live.  The book tells personal and engaging stories of Matthew desiring to become the Michael Jackson of Christian music.  Michael grew up in a very strict, conservative home and was not allowed to listen to “devil music” like Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith (who are both Christian artists btw).  The stories that Matthew tells not only chronicle this journey, but give profound nuggets of wisdom woven throughout his interactions and narration.  For those that lean more conservative, this may not be the book for you, as Matthew comes at some of his conclusions from a slightly more progressive view.

Even in the more “edgy” scenes (edgy in the Christian meaning of that word) with Matthew making out with a girl who suddenly feels called to date Jesus and descriptions of his male, college accountability group (you can guess where that one is going…), this book is brutally honest.  And that is the word that kept coming back to my mind as I read this memoir: honesty.  Many Christian authors feel the need to stay “within the box” and often miss facing real issues that Christians are dealing with today.  One of the biggest lessons I learned was not about his interesting experiences within a messed up, Christian music industry, but instead that it is more important to be true to who you are and to be honest with your struggles.  God wants us to be honest about what we are going through, and having other people around you as support can be the best thing we can get for our soul (which is one of the best purposes of the local church I would add).  In fact, I posted a very moving video by Matthew last July here at Jonathan Sigmon’s Blog where I reflected on the importance of the mystery of God.

If you would like to read Matthew’s writings, check out an edited chapter of one of my favorite chapters in the book called Chasing Amy.  You can read it at Patrol Magazine here and hear of the scandal behind Matthew being forced to get Amy Grant to apologize for her divorce by the publisher of CCM. Yikes.

Honesty wins. So does “Hear No Evil”.

If you don’t win the contest below (win by commenting the group who has made the biggest spiritual impact on you) and receive the free copy from Siggy, you can purchase the book at any of the links below. You won’t be disappointed.
Amazon

Kindle
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble E-Book
BooksChristian (Autographed copy here)
Christianbooks
Lifeway

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

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10 responses to Hear No Evil And Free Book Giveaway!

  1. Sig,

    First of all; love your new Facebook profile picture. What a cool image.

    My favorite musical artist right now is Lancaster’s own Denison Witmer. There’s just nobody better to chill out with than Denison!

    Chris

  2. I can’t choose one particular artist as one that’s had more influence in my growth as a Christian, but I found that I can relate with someone like Marcus ‘Flame’ Grey; I’ve listened and relistened and read and it’s led me deeper in to Christs arms, obviously there’s been trials and falls but I’ve become better from those experience or have grown more spiritually, faithfully, lovingly because of Gods love through my falls.

  3. Since I was a child, Christian music has been a big part of my life, and of my journey to to making my faith my own.
    Since I was not allowed to listen to (any!) secular music growing up, I pretty much embraced any Christian artist/group’s music I could get my hands on. I found worship albums to be of great comfort-and they were my catalyst to bonding with God and hearing the Holy Spirit.
    Watermark (Christy and Nathan Nockels)is a group that influenced me (and continues to influence me!)Christy Nockels is such an inspiration and godly role model, as well as example of what a woman worship leader can be when willing to be used by the Spirit. I could go on and on 🙂

  4. Phil Keaggy was the first overtly christian artist i ever heard. Went to one of his concerts before I was saved and was “haunted” for over a year by the lyrics of one of his songs. He has been my life’s soundtrack ever since.

  5. Well… Probably Steve Taylor. Formative years, yadda yadda. Taught me that snark is a good idea in the church so that people don’t get too full of themselves.

    Definitely prefer when he does his own stuff, too, or at least Leigh Nash doing it. Can’t stand Newsboys recording his material. He should apologize for that.

    But on the flip side, the collaboration between Peter Gabriel, Ravi Shankar, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for the soundtrack of “The Last Temptation of Christ” is so unbelievably ethereal that I get transported every time I hear it.

    I’ll quit now before someone thinks I’m typing this during an out-of-Internet experience.

  6. I’d have to say Danielson.

    I didn’t care for them when I saw them play and heard their first record the first time, but I was young at the time and didn’t know better.

    Daniel Smith’s vision, unapologetic faith and commitment to creativity and keeping it real with his family, friends and South Jersey homeland have inspired my journey in life a great deal both spiritually and creatively.

  7. There have been so many artists that I’ve worked with over the years that have truly inspired me both musically & spiritually. What a great question! This one made me think of a lot of great people from Victor Wooten to the Marsalis boys. Made me think of Jaco Pastorius & Charlie Mingus. I have learned something spiritually from all of them. However, the prize definitely goes to an unamed artist. While waiting for a train in D.C.’s Union Station, I went outside to find the source of a great noise. It was late at night & there was a wonderful sax player playing outside of the station on the street. I listened for a long time, missing my train in the process. Finally, after about an hour of him playing just for me he stopped. I asked him where to put my money. His response: “Money is no good here. I come to play for God. I come to show my appreciation for the gift.” I walked away oddly satisfied & perplexed. Never asked his name.
    I think of him often when I play now. I’ve played on stages all over the world. That man made me rethink both my connection & my use of my gifts in just a moment. That was my most influential & spiritual moment with another musician.

  8. to be honest, David Bazan has been instrumental in my spiritual journey.

  9. So – sorry I am WAY late on posting this, but the winner is JEFF HOLTON!

    Congratulations and thank you everyone for chiming in. I really enjoyed reading your responses. Feel free to continue to post your thoughts on this book or your musical influences. Jeff, if you can email me your contact info, I will ship out a copy of Hear No Evil for you to enjoy!

    The name was selected by Fruit Machine, an automated name picker (URL: http://classtools.net/main_area/template_loader.php/?fruit_machine).

    Thanks for commenting. I look forward to more Tainted Canvas giveaways in the future!

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