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Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced Twelve Music Icons [Paperback]

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Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 6" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2003
Publisher   Relevant Books
ISBN  0972927603  
EAN  9780972927604  

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What's the deal with Lauryn Hill and God? What's with the outlaw preacher persona of Johnny Cash? What about Moby's shout-outs to Jesus? Nowhere else do faith and art intermingle so fluidly than in the ever-changing stream of popular music. For today's music-lovers, the influence of traditional religion is waning. The institutional church is fighting to remain RELEVANT. But personal spirituality and faith, particularly the kind espoused by our cultural icons are as respected and interesting as ever. In the cultural conscience, pop stars replaced preachers. SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS looks deeper into the issue by exploring the spiritual lives of a dozen of the most intriguing members of our entertainment culture. From Bono to Beyonce, P. Diddy to T-Bone, it surveys the fasinating intersection of faith and art, from the fresh perspective of a new generation of spiritual seekers.

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This book sucks  Dec 20, 2003
Before you think to yourself that just one person is saying this book stinks... but many have given it great reviews, look at the review dates. All these so called great reviews are done on the same day, or day after.I don't know when the book came out but, it's a little fishy. This is after the book has been out and really read. If you want to read a book that just names names for the good of selling it, here ya go. Anyone with a brain knows these musicians didn't have any contact with this author, he just makes general "guesses" from there music. If they say God, they really are praying, not singing, yeah right. You can't judge someone by the words in there songs, this author is part of the same christian right that wants "no Gay marriage", one of the icons he writes about being a great christian icon, Moby, doesn't even agree with that red neck view point. Scott Stapp has put on the creed website, Is Creed a Christian band?
"Are we a Christian band? This is a question we are asked a lot because of some of the references made in the lyrics. No, we are not a Christian band. A Christian band has an agenda to lead others to believe in their specific religious beliefs. We have no agenda! This is still found on there website under the FAQ's, maybe Scott Stapp doesn't know himself as good as these authors, Yes Scott, you are a christian band, you better just come to grips with it. Make no mistake about the term "Faith" in the title, they don't mean anything but christian, if Lenny Kravitz is into buddha, really it's just another cry from him to find Christ. No formal reserch done, full of bias views, junk with paper covers. These guys are making it rich off christian gossip, "have you heard the spritual news on this star"

Junk, trash, garbage
Thank You

There and Back Again...  Sep 10, 2003
A few months back, my landlady forced me to sit through an hour of CMT music videos so I could see this one funny video. An hour later, I hadn't seen the video she was looking for, but I was captivated by a video by Johnny Cash, "Hurt" - even more so when I saw it was written by NIN's Trent Reznor. A country legend covering an alternative ballad - quite a dichotomy.

Dichotomy seems to be the central theme of the latest Spiritual Journeys' tome from Relevant Books. Every artist profiled it seems has a problem reconciling their faith with their lives - much like what normal people go through. The authors cut through the fame and fortune shield and go right to the heart of the matter - the artist's struggle with faith and with a church that you would think should support them.

The book avoids the standard Christian rhetoric - in fact, it flat out defies it with it's honest look at real people and their rise to fame and the labors they engaged in to get there - both good and bad, avoiding the plastic-looking halos on the heads of the artists commonly associated with what has become known as contemporary 'Christian music.'

I should say here that I am not a big fan of the rap and hip-hop universes, but I still found the stories compelling enough to read, and, to be honest, was surprised by a number of the artists profiled. Having no experience with them other than hearing older people complain about their music, I had no idea some of them explored their faith the way they did.

I must mention a couple of caveats, though. The book focuses a little too strongly on dichotomies. The artists profiled all "walk the line" between good and evil, often choosing the incorrect path. I wish they had also included a few artists who tend to be a little less notorious, but still straddle both universes. Some stories I'd like to have seen explored include Bruce Cockburn, Charlie Sexton, Pierce Pettis, Michael Been and the Call, Tonio K., Vigilantes of Love, Sam Phillips, Van Morrison, and, as a guilty pleasure, Jon Bon Jovi. It seemed odd that the king of offensively embracing faith, "The Artist," was absent from the pages as well. Also, unfortunately for such a well-put together book there are quite a few typos, including passages where a member of a band or a music reviewer's name changes from one paragraph to another. Needless to say, it jarred the senses and made the book a little harder to read. Hopefully they will clear those up in the next edition.

Overall, Spiritual Journeys is a walk worth taking, especially if you are fans of Johnny, Lauryn, Moby, Wyclef Jean, Creed, Dylan, Kravitz, T-Bone, P. Diddy, Al Green, and Destiny's Child. (oh, yeah, and U2, although I'd recommend Walk On for a more in-depth look at the world's most famous band.)


Taking a Walk with Twelve Music Icons  Aug 25, 2003
"Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced Twelve Music Icons" gives curious readers a clear look into the spiritual side of popular culture and is a perfectly delivered must-read for anyone who has any interest in the music world.

In a time when the public is informed of every step, breath, and blink of those in the spotlight, and the media floods us with details of business deals and band break-ups, romances and relationship strife, Spiritual Journeys gives readers a deeper look into the most intimate area of the lives of twelve icons of the music industry-their spirituality. Through deeply personal accounts of the life histories of various popular artists, readers of Spiritual Journeys will gain insight and a refreshing new perspective on the spiritual lives of this dozen.

The writers of Spiritual Journeys take readers on a journey of their own, past facades, and through deceptions and misbeliefs, into the core of the spiritual lives of some of the most well-know music artists of the past few decades. Through accounts of the spiritual travels of a group of very different musicians and performers, readers will experience challenges to their own faith, and very possibly a transformation of opinions, as we learn about the basic, and not so basic, belief systems of these stars.

We find that they are fallible human begins and, just like the rest of us, they are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. That the longing to know something deeper, to have faith in something bigger than ourselves, is in all of us. These artists have spent their lives searching and digging into their roots of faith, often in a very public manner, to discover that which continues to shape them-their own personal spirituality. And each one has found something to hold on to.

If nothing else, the spiritual journeys of artists like Lauryn Hill, Scott Stapp, P. Diddy, and others reflect, and sometimes even trigger, our own spiritual pilgrimage. Their questions and the answers they've found are brought into the spotlight in Spiritual Journeys, and remind us that we're not alone in our search for the Truth, in our search for the oft-seeming elusive God who created us. Reading their stories encourages us to take an active role in our own spiritual journeys, asking questions, seeking answers, and walking out our faith, despite the mistakes we make or the wrong turns we take. Their examples teach us that eventually, no matter how hard we fight it, we'll find exactly what we've been looking for.

A fasinating look "behind the music"  Aug 21, 2003
Spiritual Journeys was so much more than I expected. It's basically a "Behind The Music" on each of these artists, but specifically telling the story of how faith has impacted each of their lives. I loved finding out about Wyclef's lifelong pulling between the influences of his Christian minister father and voodoo priest grandfather. Or, how faith has triggered the dramatic change in Lauryn Hill's life and career over the last few years. Or how Scott Stapp has questioned, tried to run from but never could quite shake the strong Christian home he was raised in. All of a sudden, I see so much more in Creed's music.

I hate sounding like a commercial, but I loved this book. It's thick, so I got my money's worth, but it's written in a way that if I wanted to skip a certain artist (I haven't read T-Bone Burnett's chapter yet because, well, I don't know who he is) I can. The best chapters belong to Bono, Bob Dylan, Lauryn Hill, Al Green and Lenny Kravitz.

If you've enjoyed any of these artists' music, you MUST get this book. It'll open your eyes to whole new levels in their art.

microphone preacher  Aug 19, 2003
The lights flicker, the crowd is screaming young girls are fainting and the preacher steps up to the microphone! Clad in black leather with an attitude and blue tinted sunglasses holding his hands up in the air he sings

"I have climbed highest mountain
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you"

Call it a product of our Post modern or Post-Post Modern culture or call it raw spirituality the fact is that church services are being held nightly in a 30,000 seat stadium with names like the "Cow Palace" or "The Garden". With our world reaching an ever-increasing disdain for the "traditional" the youth of today seems to be gleaning more theology from the current Pop Icons than from the man that some of them call Pastor.

"Spiritual Journeys: How faith has influenced twelve music icons" explores the personal journeys of the people that are shaping our culture one lyric at a time. From Bono to Moby and from Cash to Kravitz the reader is treated to a unbiased unapologetic look at the spiritual backgrounds of the most influential poetic singers and songwriters of the past as well as today's princes and princesses of pop. I'm sorry but until you become Dylan you still are just a Prince in my opinion.

I need to be honest with you I was scared to open the pages of this book because I thought that I was going to be forced to see the spiritual in things that were never meant to be spiritual. I thought I was going to have to read another article about how Creed is a "Christian Band". I thought that this was going to be one of those books that was written for the sole purpose of allowing a teenager to justify to their parents that it was OK to listen to P. Diddy because he is a "Christian". I am so happy to say that I was wrong. Instead it is an honest look at the good and the bad with a healthy dose of the ugly. It is an honest portrayal of the excesses of Rock and Roll while still making clear that redemption in Christ is available to all and furthermore that those who in one breath spew profanity can in the next breath praise Jesus.

This book is a beautiful glimpse into the human heart while giving a background that will help at least understand where some of the spiritual torment that we so often see in lyrics comes from. More than that though it is worship in the purest form. I almost wept when I read about the amazing "Paul-like" conversion of Al Green. I closed that chapter and just thanked God for being willing to grab us when we are running so hard from him. I thanked him that he caught me when I wanted nothing to do with him.

This book is a blessing in so many ways. Hopefully it will drive home the fact that God is a Sovereign God that can (and will) manifest himself in everything. Oh yeah and by the way Creed is not a "Christian Band" just thought I'd let you know.


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