February 19, 2010

"Hear No Evil"

I have to admit I was pretty excited when I was given the opportunity to be part of the Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner (@JesusNeedsNewPR) blog tour this week. There is something about getting a book to review in the mail, especially a book like this, before it hits store shelves that makes me feel cool. I don't really think I'm that cool but I thought the book was.

I am at a point in my life where I have to read a lot and rarely do I get to pick what I'm reading. Hear No Evil was different. MPT writes in a way that is not only easy to read but so conversational and engaging that it is exactly how I would imagine a conversation would be with him while sitting at one of those hip Nashville joints he writes about. He shares openly and honestly about growing up looking at the world through a fundamental Baptist lens and how music helped him see a broader view.

There were times when he had me laughing out loud at things like his plan to become "God's Michael Jackson" (60) or his references to the classic CCM artists I grew up listening to myself like: Michael W Smith, Sandi Patty, and Petra. And then there were times when MPT would drop bits of insight that left me thinking and thoroughly challenged:

"people talking about how to create something "real" and "authentic" rather than just being real and authentic" (11).

"A person's first steps into grace are usually unsettling, more like walking into a minefield than a meadow" (72).

"Because of Jesus, I wanted to love people, which meant I didn't want to engage in relationships with an agenda" (214).

If you're looking for a great book that describes a journey of faith, grace, and music while making you laugh on one page and cause you to stop and think on the next, Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner is right up your alley. Get a copy and check it out for yourself.

The publisher gave me 1 copy to give away for FREE. A couple ways to enter...
-comment on this post listing the first CD you ever owned (be honest)
-follow me on Twitter & share the link to this post (include @mattlipan in your tweet so I know who to count it for)
-write a blog about it & include the link
*please leave some way I can contact you if you win

You can also purchase a copy from Random House here.

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

22 comments:

Jonathan Pearson said...

My first CD was Garth Brooks. Don't remember the title, but he was definitely wearing the ugliest western shirt ever stitched!

Anonymous said...

First CD was Everclear ... pretty silly lookin back on it ...

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Nikki said...

oh man... pretty sure my first cd was Plus 1, back in the day...

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Judy Best said...

I'm not positive what my first CD was, because I remember 8-tracks, cassettes, then CDs. But, it was probably Jimmy Buffet!

Shandus said...

My first CD was a country artist named Mila Mason. ha!

Tom'n Liz said...

My first CD was either a band named Live or it was Nirvana. 90's alternative ftw!! MPT is so funny when talking about music.

kevinoliver said...

First CD was Steve Miller Band's Greatest Hits...first album I ever owned, however, was Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell.

Stephanie said...

Since I'm super cool, my first CD was the Toronto version of Phantom of the Opera. To replace the Phantom tape I'd had before that.

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Sam said...

John Reuben- Professional Rapper

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JATB said...

First LP I bought with my own money (I'm 42) was "Time Out" by Dave Brubeck. When I started buying CDs in 1985 or 86, the 1st one I bought was Michael Tilson Thomas and the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and the Second Rhapsody.

Brett said...

No Strings Attached by NSYNC. Wow.

Mr. Louder said...

My first cd(s - purchased @ the same time) were Michael Jackson's "Dangeous" and Spin Doctors "Pocket Full of Kryptonite". 1-2 princes kneel before you, but if your thinking of being my baby, it don't matter if your black or white!

Angela Nazworth said...

I'm racking my brain trying to remember my first CD...I bought tapes for soooo long...I am guessing it was Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi or the 2nd Tiffany Album...I still like Bon Jovi...

Jon Bean said...

I'm pretty sure it was something by Carman. I can't remember the title but I knew he was the hippest, baddest rapper anywhere.

Ashley Marler said...

My first cd ever was Britney Spears. Seriously. It only lasted for about a week though because I accident;y sat on it :/ lol!

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Matinee Maven said...

My first CD was Mental Releases by GRITS (1995). It was also the first CD I ever threw away (1998). (First cassette was Don Moen, Give Thanks. lol memories)

Christy said...

My first cd was The Judds. lol, wow...

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Helen Lagares - Lalá said...

I really wanna win...

Eric Pagan said...

the first album I purchased was "Smells like Nirvana" by Weird Al. About a year later, I ripped the tape out and threw it away, because I was "convicted" that it wasn't Christian music. Fundamentalism won that battle, but fortunately not the war!

Sparrow said...

Jesus Freak - DCT

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Jeremy R said...

Throwing Copper...hook me up bro, I mean cous'

Jeremy R said...

I've heard the "have no agenda" critique before. That is a hard one to actually live out as a Christian since we're sort of called to have an agenda. To not have an agenda is actually quite unloving if you're talking about a relationship with a non-Christian especially.

I think I know where the concern arises though. If we are overly "agenda" driven we neglect to listen and understand and we can come across as salesmen of the gospel.

I need to read his book because I'd love to know what he means by not having an agenda. What does that look like?

Imagine if Jesus had no agenda for our lives.