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Simplicity [Paperback]

By Mark Salomon (Author)
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Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2005
Publisher   CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN  0976035766  
EAN  9780976035763  

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Written as a farewell letter to the Christian music industry, independent rock icon Mark Salomon offers a compelling memoir of his life as a musician and a Christian

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Simplicity is the definitive book on being authentic, Written as a farewell letter to the Christian music industry, independent rock icon Mark Salomon offers a compelling memoir of his life as a musician and a Christian. As Salomon journeys through his experiences in indie rock bands playing churches and events, he exposes why he dropped the label of "Christian" in order to truly minister. He challenges pervading mindsets and shows that an authentic Christian life reaches beyond the traditions of religion.

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An Amazing Book  Oct 14, 2008
Personally, I did not find the book difficult to read at all. I did not find mark's thoughts scattered by any means. Perhaps it is because I can relate to Mark's experience in many ways, so I knew exactly where he was coming from. I have met mark a few times after shows, and he has always been very open and friendly.

The book was not at all what I expected, and VERY thought provoking. It brought me alot of peace, and in that way it changed my life in an inperceptible, yet profound and permanent way.

Kudos to Mark for writing with such honesty.
Insightful behind-the-scenes look at music.  Mar 23, 2007
I am a huge Stavesacre fan, but I have to give my honest opinion. I have never read a more poorly-written (published) book. It's perfectly written for a blog or something, but I couldn't believe I was reading this in a book. (Sorry Mark!) His thoughts were so random and many times difficult to follow. So many rabbit trails and too-long sentences. An editor would have been nice, but that's okay.

On the other hand, I really enjoyed it. A music fan always wants to know about what they like. So it was great hearing all those stories, thoughts, opinions, etc. Mark makes good points that many Christians ought to take a look at.

As a side note, I was struck by the lack of love/respect/appreciation Mark shows for his fans. I can see he genuinely cares for people in general, but to me it seemed like in nearly every context where a fan is mentioned, it is derogatory. He doesn't want to talk to them. Granted, he has some bad experiences with certain fans, but I found that I wanted him to somewhere lose a little of that cynical attitude toward his fans.

So anyways I do recommend reading this book.
a great read  Feb 16, 2007
I loved this book. Mark tells it like it is and sheds a lot of light on the issues some people may have with the band. I can seriously relate to a lot of the things he talks about, and he even made me realize things about myself that I never realized before. A must read for any Stavesacre fans and/or people who have issues with what the band or band members stand for.
Lifestyle not Label  Jan 12, 2006
Simplicity is all about making Christianity a lifestyle not a label and about being authentic. Throughout the book you go through Mark Salomon's life of Christian music. (Mark Salomon is the lead vocalist for a rock band Stavesacre and a former vocalist for The Crucified.) He lives in Huntington Beach California and he spends most of his time touring the country with Stavesacre.

The book begins on the tour bus with Mark Salomon. Well that's even if you can call it a tour bus. It was more like a small U-Haul truck. He goes through this moment in his life to show that not all rock stars live glamorous lives and to show how it is hard to be the greatest person in cramp conditions for many months. The book takes you through many experiences in Mark's life, one of which was that people expected him at every show since he was a "Christian rocker" to preach the message of Jesus between songs and to outreach. They almost expected him to be an evangelist or Pastor type figure. He had to constantly explain to people at every show that he was an entertainer who was paid to entertain and not an evangelist. If they wanted to pay for a preacher then they should have done so, but they paid for an entertainer as he stated to many people during his life.

One of his stories for example, was when he went to the state of Washington for a "gig" at a local church. He was already having a bad day in the cramped bus/U-Haul when he met a very interesting Pastor who after the show was giving him a hard time about paying him the full price for the show because they didn't have a message about Jesus during their show. Mark and the Pastor argued about the meaning of a Christian entertainer throughout his stay at the church. Mark kept trying to convince the Pastor that he was an entertainer and not a preacher. Even many months after the "gig", the Pastor and his youth group on their way to a mission's trip traveled to Mark's hometown in Huntington Beach. Mark was working at a local coffee shop when the Pastor stopped in just to start the argument up again.

Overall, I thought the book was great and if you want to get a new spin on Christian music, you would benefit from reading this book. Or, if you are a Christian, you should read this book so you can learn from Mark how to be an authentic Christian.
Hard Truth and Valuable Insight  Oct 13, 2005
Guilty myself of being an elitist in the "Christian Market," I took the first few chapters almost as a personal confrontation, pushing me to analyze some of my ministries and the fruits they ACTUALLY produced. It seemed like the author was attacking me, and I in turn had some negative thoughts about HIS faith, because that's what we do. It took taking a step back and considering what real ministry is, the act of serving, and when I stopped doing what he was pointing out that I was doing, I could actually see the beauty.

There is so much truth, and it comes out of so much tough experience, and it helped to confirm a lot of the theories I have also had about the Christian music scene from my own church concert experiences. It was awesome to see someone else publish statements that so closely mirrored my sentiments, and now I am passing around my copy among members of the band I am in so we can discuss it, as though he were our new mentor and it was a job shadow for Christian Rock and what NOT to do. Very valuable insights.
A great perspective....  Jun 20, 2005
I can't say enough good things about this book. I was a Stavesacre fan prior to reading this book. So, that was the basis of my initial interest. I also saw Mark Salomon at a small spoken-word tour during which he read exerpts from this book.

This book will have significant impact on you especially if you are a Christian who struggles with the idea of the "christian market" and that sort of thing. This book is an autobiographical look into the life of a Christian musical artist who is honest about his struggles and shortcomings. Not your average christian book. i highly recommend it.

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