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Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (Revised) [Hardcover]

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Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 7, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
ISBN  0310291917  
EAN  9780310291916  
UPC  025986291914  

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In this unique and engaging book, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die, musicians David Crowder and Mike Hogan remind readers that a life lived to the fullest inevitably includes pain and grief. Even more, that kind of life requires dying to self?which then frees us to experience a greater joy: living as part of a community of faith.

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'Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. And heaven, if we're to believe what was proposed by a man two thousand years ago, is a kingdom coming and a kingdom here and now; something for the present, not reserved entirely for the ever after. Right now we exist somewhere between here and there, and bluegrass carries the high lonesome song of our condition in its soul. None of us are getting out of here alive, but we will conclude that death is not the ultimate calamity.' --David Crowder and Mike HoganWhen grief shatters our world and the pain of death and loss consumes us, we not only yearn for comfort, we want answers. Musicians David Crowder and Mike Hogan help us find those answers---and give us a song of hope in the meantime.In this unique book filled with warm, thought-provoking, and often hilarious insights, Crowder and Hogan reveal how bluegrass music can reach our souls like nothing else. Bluegrass was born from pain but has hope at its core; it gives us a song that assures us that death does not win, it is the beginning.

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More About David Crowder & Mike Hogan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Crowder is the pastor of music and arts at University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Toni. A talented musician and worship leader, he has released three CDs on the sixstepsrecords/EMICMG label. This is his first book.

David Crowder currently resides in Waco.

David Crowder has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Daywind Soundtracks
  2. Experiencing God

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A frequently charming but mostly obnoxiously post-modern examination of grief  May 18, 2010
After a few dozen pages, I found myself unexpectedly charmed by this quirky and mystifying book, but that charm was not enough to make me unreservedly like it. I borrowed the book from a friend based solely on David Crowder's name. I am not a huge fan of his music, but I lived in Waco for four years, and he was one of those beloved local celebrities, the guy with something of a national profile who you still saw at a local Tex-Mex restaurant about half the time you stopped in for a bite. So I picked up the book, expecting from the title that it was about the concept of dying to self as part of the process of Christian sanctification.

I was wrong about the subject of the book. The book is about death and mourning and historical perspectives on the soul and kind of about bluegrass (although the bluegrass chapters are easily the ones in which the authors seem least animated, and the section capping off the bluegrass analysis would have felt a bit like a smug NPR interview even if it hadn't quoted large sections of an actual NPR interview). There is a set of three unusually intertwined magical realist stories that are printed in columns of occasionally physically intertwined text (I appreciated the audacity of the authors, although the stories themselves were pretty weak, especially at the end, and didn't really add to the book as a whole except for one gut-wrenching glossary about what we mean when we use standard condolence language).

Most importantly (for me), there are transcripts of IM conversations between the two authors, with additional text added to reveal untyped thoughts. This is the strength of the book, where two friends hash out their grief with humor and sorrow and awkward pauses. At first, I was annoyed by the conversations because they seemed to be too self-consciously quirky, but there was real truth and depth to them. I would read more conversations between these two authors.

Sadly, though, the book is not one that I would quickly recommend to anyone. At least one of the authors, if not both, suffers from a tendency to use five-dollar words when simpler ones would do (and probably be more appropriate - the authors mention something about "pugnacious fighting" that makes me think one of us doesn't know the meaning of the word pugnacious, and my pride makes me think I have it right). The chapters about the history of the soul are too shallow to be academic, too academic to be entertainment, and they never seem to really get anywhere (although they do set up some lovely IM exchanges). The chapters about the history of bluegrass have a certain appeal, since I approached them with complete ignorance, but they never really tied in with the rest of the book - the big finale chapter reveals (SPOILER ALERT) that the big connection is that they're kind of based on jazz, which comes from spirituals, which embrace suffering, so.. whatever. Why didn't the authors just write about spirituals and detour off into how much they dig bluegrass? And really, at the end, I am at a loss as to what Crowder and Hogan accomplished. I don't think they really draw any profound insights into the nature of the soul or grief or music or humanity or God, and about the only thing of lasting value I gained from the book was a taste of how these two individuals have experienced their grief. I think this book is more helpful, for that aspect, for a grieving person than the overhyped A Grief Observed, but it is not worth time wasted on the rest of the book.
Slow  Mar 25, 2010
The book takes forever to get to the point of the writting. For those who are patient enough with a book to endure the first 100 some pages of background information you may enjoy this book. For those of us like the meat and potatoes of a book, unfortunatly there isn't much of it in this book.
Unique style, but very haphazard and disappointing  Mar 1, 2010
Though their quippy humor keeps you reading, in the end I felt like Crowder and Hogan weren't quite sure where they were going with this book. I did enjoy their unique sense of humor, which worked well as an engaging intro, but this book is really three totally different styles that never get tied together at the end.

Large portions of the book are written as a text-message conversation which, while original, never really went anywhere (like most text message conversations, I suppose!). They even self-effacingly note this themselves. The second portion of the book is a uniquely-presented allegory in stages, again a very intriguing concept. But the characters drop out prematurely and the last page of this section left me wondering if my copy was missing some pages. The third section is a sort of historical trip through an understanding of the soul. This also failed to connect; rabbit trails (like several pages about an airplane ride to Scotland for the mere purpose of saying that Bluegrass originated there) and philosophical oversimplifications led to no real conclusions on their part. In the end, this book does not work as a journey that actually leads anywhere. It is, however, a touching tribute to their pastor friend Kyle Lake, who died tragically in a freak accident in a church service. If you read this book as simply a means of processing their grief over this incident, it may accomplish this eulogy-specific purpose. But as far as explaining 'the eschatology of bluegrass' (other than to say bluegrass is steeped in slave-spirituals, just like most other modern music: jazz, blues, etc.) or even discussing the concept of heaven, it's hard to tell what Crowder and Hogan were trying to say.

I really wish this book had ended in a more satisfying way. I kept reading because I was expecting them to tie things together somehow, even loosely, at the end. It never happened. If you are dealing with grief and want a more satisfying journey, I recommend C.S. Lewis' 'A Grief Observed', which is also birthed from tragedy but seems to have much more to say. Crowder and Hogan have some creative ideas, but their style trumps their content.
Fun Read With Very Small Print  Oct 31, 2009
The title of this book is a little misleading. David Crowder and Mike Hogan have written a book (revised and updated) about the human soul ... and how it connects with bluegrass.

Reading Everybody Wants to go to Heaven but Nobody wants to Die will leave you nearly blind.

I say that because this updated version has print so small, you need those grandma reading glasses to comprehend the size of the print.

Once you get past that "little" annoyance, this book reads like someone on ADD.

The book is divided into 7 parts: one on the history of the soul and how the greatest minds defined "soul"; and the other part on the history of bluegrass.

Between the parts is an IM conversation between the authors. And somehow - somehow it all adds up in the end.

This book is along the same lines as Donald Miller's writing style.

It's a fun read, just be careful of the tiny print.

This book was provided for review by Zondervan Publishing.
Quirky, deep, and humorous all at the same time  May 4, 2009
My primary interest in purchasing this book was because I am a fan of the David Crowder Band. I must say that this book is a direct reflection of the band's personality, David Crowder in particular. It was quirky and funny, and not overly intellectual.

Crowder and Hogan were able to take a difficult subject and bring it to a lay-person's level. But, this book is not for everyone. Not all readers will follow their writing style or their commentary. With that said, I thought their approach was brilliant. I.M. conversations in a book...that deserves a star all on its own!

The authors really become vulnerable in this book; they were willing to share openly about personal experiences, thoughts, and emotions without holding back. I think this wouldn't seem like such a high point in most books, but as a member of the Christian body, I felt connected to their experience. I appreciated that the authors were able to create a relationship between 2 seemingly different subjects. I would never have thought to tie in a discussion of bluegrass music with one of the soul. The only critique that I would have, is that I did not have a sense of closure at the end of the book. But I'm not sure if, in a discussion of the soul, there is supposed to be closure.

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