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  • Series: Gospel According to...
  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (July 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664232175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664232177
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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U2 may be the most popular rock band in the world, but unlike the Beatles' John Lennon, they never claimed to be bigger than Jesus. The band does, however, engage several Christian themes in its music. Garrett, an English professor at Baylor University, plumbs the U2 catalogue to reveal the group's theological worldview. This is not a far stretch—three of the four band members were involved with a charismatic Christian community in Ireland as the group was starting out. U2 is not the only rock band to address spiritual themes in its music, but as the author adeptly illustrates, it has certainly been one of the most consistent and outspoken. Garrett rightly posits in a chapter about social justice that U2's message encourages listeners to put their faith into action for the sake of the poor and marginalized. The author is clearly a music fan, and his excitement about U2 is contagious. Rock music fans who have ever wondered if their faith and musical taste could ever be paired will be intrigued by U2's story and Garrett's theological analysis of the band's music. (July)
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About the Author

Greg Garrett is Professor of English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He serves the Episcopal Church as Writer-in-Residence at the Seminary of the Southwest and as lay preacher at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including the critically-acclaimed novel Free Bird.

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Greg Garrett is an Austin, Texas author who has written or co-written twenty acclaimed books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, forty short stories, and innumerable essays, articles, and op-ed pieces. His newest book is The Prodigal, a novel written with the legendary Brennan Manning, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. His first novel, Free Bird, was chosen by Publishers Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the top debuts of 2002, and is one of three books being brought back into print in the summer of 2014 by Austin Heights Books (the others include the novel Cycling and the memoir Crossing Myself). BBC Radio has called Greg "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture," and his books exploring spirituality and suffering, film, U2, Harry Potter, and other topics have been widely read and used in classrooms, book groups, and churches. Greg is a past winner of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for Fiction and a CASE Gold Medal for nonfiction, and is an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

You may have heard (or read) Greg talking about his writing in person or in the media. A speaker who has appeared across the US and in Europe, his work has been covered by The New Yorker, USA Today, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, BBC Radio, BBC Scotland, National Public Radio, CBS Radio, msnbc.com, The Bob Edwards Show, The National Review, Poets & Writers, Commonweal, Men's Health, and many other broadcast, print, and web publications. Greg also writes regularly for Patheos, The Huffington Post, OnFaith, and for print and web publications ranging from The Washington Post to Poets & Writers. His next project will be a book for Oxford University Press on the afterlife in literature and culture, Entertaining Judgment, which will appear in January 2015.

Greg is the 2013 Baylor Centennial Professor at Baylor University, where he has taught since 1989. He also serves as Writer in Residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Residential Scholar at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, Wales, and as a licensed lay preacher based at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. His heroes include Martin Luther King, Barbara Jordan, Henry David Thoreau, Robert F. Kennedy, Desmond Tutu, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. His favorite authors include PD James, Walker Percy, Graham Greene, Nick Hornby, Barbara Brown Taylor (are you really still reading this?), Scott Fitzgerald, Ben Fountain, Rowan Williams, and Anne Lamott. His favorite color is blue (No, yellow!), his favorite guitar is a Taylor GS-7 acoustic, and he prefers both green and red chile (Christmas!) on his blue corn enchiladas. When he isn't traveling, Greg lives in Austin with his family.

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I've read most every book about U2 and the Christian faith.
mayberry preacher
U2 and books like this have really motivated me to "get up off my knees" and be mindful and responsive to the needs of others.
M. MCHUGH
Particularly enlightening is the message about the importance of "community" in the world and the strong call to action.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. MCHUGH on November 9, 2009
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I'm not quite done reading this book, but I can tell you it's a MUST read for anyone who has ever been touched by U2's music. You know it's a good book when you feel compelled to pick up a pencil and underline key words and thoughts Garrett puts in front of you. This book is especially meaningful to me as a practicing Episcopalian living and growing in my faith on a daily basis. U2 and books like this have really motivated me to "get up off my knees" and be mindful and responsive to the needs of others.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mayberry preacher on May 12, 2010
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I've read most every book about U2 and the Christian faith. While I wish Garrett would've done a better job of organizing the content of the chapters (the first one really floats around a lot), this book is chopped-full of good, meaty stuff when it comes to U2's music and mission and Christianity. The third chapter on Social Justice is especially powerful; and for it alone is worth the purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Cuskey on April 20, 2013
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This is a wonderful discussion of the members of U2 and spiritual journey - how their music is and was impacted by their own spirituality and the changes it has gone through over the years. Very well written, interesting, and informative!
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