Book Review Alert! Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

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 “Music City” Nashville, and dreams of becoming the Michael Jackson of Christian music.

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.

To purchase Hear No Evil, click here.

*This book provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group*

My Review

After closing the book at the end, I can tell you that many thoughts crossed my mind: How can  some people call themselves Christians? Was being a Baptist that bad? Should I take this book to heart? Why does he remind me of a Christian version of Augusten Burroughs?

Honestly, the only part that propelled me forward to keep reading Mr. Turner’s words was on page 93 when he said: “The odd thing about Christians pursuing fame, is that they do it while pretending not to be interested in it.” I flat out laughed because he had a way of speaking the thoughts we all think but just hadn’t the courage to say it. Other parts of the book were just as good and juicy as well. Turner’s book is told in a way like a soundtrack. Each chapter divided into a certain circumstances in his life but all connected to music. My favorites were: Bad for God, Chance, and Alleluia. I got a little emotional after reading about a forty year old woman named Tina. Some stories are meant to be told as a vital lesson to us all and I think that was it. For a while though, I wondered if he saw all Christians as fake and phony. I come from a Baptist background and most of what he said was definitely true, but I no longer define myself as Baptist and I constantly searched for his point of writing the book. Again, I think I found it in the chapter called Chance.

All in all it was a good book and I am definitely getting  his other one, Churched.

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