Hear No Evil
My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost
By Matthew Paul Turner
(WaterBrook Press, Paperback, 9781400074723, 240pp.)
Publication Date: February 16, 2010
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Every Life Has a Soundtrack.
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.
MATTHEW PAUL TURNER is a blogger, speaker, and author of Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess, The Christian Culture Survival Guide, and several other popular books. Turner attended Nashville's Belmont University, where he received a BBA in music business, and is the former editor of CCM magazine. Turner has written for Relevant, Home Life, Christian Single, and other magazines. He and his wife, Jessica, have one son and live in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit his Web site: www.matthewpaulturner.com.
“Like a good Amy Grant song, Hear No Evil will worm its way into your brain, lodge itself there, and refuse to leave. Every page is funny, honest, and full of the best kind of faith. Matthew Paul Turner isn't just a great Christian writer. He's a great writer, period.”
— Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University
“The most glorious part about Hear No Evil is Matthew Paul Turner’s humor and authenticity. Brilliantly affective, this collection of stories about music--its triumphs, its dysfunction, and its value in people’s lives--will conjure up memories about your own musical journey and experiences. Matthew's funny and sometimes irreverent tone reveals not only his social relevance but also his sincerity.”
— Josh Shipp, host of Jump Shipp, author of The Teen’s Guide to World Domination, MTV personality
“There’s an adage: ‘Never make fun of a group of which you are not a member.’ Matthew Paul Turner grew up in the fundamentalist bubble and worked in the Christian Contemporary Music scene. And make fun of them he does however, not with outsider venom but with insider empathy. Hear No Evil is hilarious, cringe-worthy, and all too true. And Turner's faith survived. Halleluiah. That’s what humor can do.”
— Susan E. Isaacs, actress, comedienne, and author of Angry Conversations with God
“Hear No Evil is a compelling story that will send you on a journey where you’re laughing one second and doing a painfully honest heart check the next. When you finish this book you’ll have a new understanding that God works in very unique and surprising ways as He draws us closer to Him.”
— Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church, author of Plan B
“Anyone who grew up in the evangelical bubble will relive their own adolescence through Turner’s witty, devastatingly forthright account of his own. Couching his unsparing observation in self-effacing mirth, he drags the superstition and cultural backwardness of the good ole Christian subculture right out into the open. Even if you’ve had bad experiences with exorcisms in the past, Hear No Evil is the last one you’ll ever need.”
— David Sessions, founding editor of Patrol magazine
“In Hear No Evil, Matthew Paul Turner writes ‘The odd thing about Christians pursuing fame is that they do it while pretending not to be interested in fame’. I would buy this book even if this was the only sentence printed inside. It’s that valuable.”
— Jonathan Acuff , creator of StuffChristiansLike.net and author of the book Stuff Christians Like