Matthew Paul Turner grew up in a fundamentalist Christian church where his questions were answered with Bible verses and indoctrination, and any music that wasn’t a hundred year-old hymn, even Christian music, was considered a tool of the devil. Fortunately for Matthew, music spoke to his soul like nothing else had, and it ultimately lead him to question the limitations of his religious beliefs. In Hear No Evil — My Story of Innocence, Music and the Holy Ghost, Matthew tells of his journey from Christian legalism to a personal relationship with Jesus.
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I loved this book. I read all the good parts aloud to Amoeba, which was pretty much the entire thing. While I wasn’t raised in a fundamentalist Christian church, I was surrounded by enough people who were to relate to Matthew’s bewilderment over arbitrary restrictions and the apparent inability of the adults in the church to answer his questions with any words beyond:
- “Because I said so.”
- “This is the way we’ve always done it.”
- “Just do as you’re told.”
And no matter what our religious backgrounds, we can all relate to the inconsistencies between church politics, church leadership, and church doctrine. Matthew highlights what is good and bad in religion today and does so with wry-wit, compassion and grace. More often then not, Matthew pokes fun at himself and his own search for truth, and through it all, he talks about how contemporary Christian music moved him from salvation through legalism to salvation by grace. This is a great book. It goes on sale today at your local bookstore.
I have been gifted with one copy of this book to give away. If you want to be entered in the drawing for this book (winner will be determined by the random number generator), leave me a comment telling me how a contemporary Christian song ministered to you. To be eligiable for the book drawing, your comment needs to be in by Wednesday, February 17th, at midnight.
I would like to thank the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me with a free copy of this book for my review. All opinions are 100% mine.