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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Relevant Media Group Inc (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972927603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972927604
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,888,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chad Bonham is a journalist, author and broadcast producer. He has worked in mass media for over 25 years. Chad's professional journey began at the University of Tulsa where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (1993) while working extensively in athletic media relations and serving as a sports editor for The Collegian.

Since then, he has written for over 20 national publications including Relevant, CCM, Christian Retailing, Charisma, FCA Magazine, Today's Christian, Ministries Today, Breakaway, Brio, Sports Spectrum, Christian Single and Gospel Today. Chad also served as the contributing editor for New Man for three years, and currently writes two columns for (Inspiring Athletes and Whole Notes: Inside The Christian Music Industry).

He has authored, co-authored or ghost written 21 books including Faith in the Fast Lane (Judson Press), Everybody Needs A Head Coach (Cross Training), Wrestling with God (River Oak), Glory of the Games (Cross Training), Life in the Fairway (New Leaf), Greatest Coach Ever (Regal Books), Greatest Leader Ever (Regal Books), Husker Legacy (Cross Training), 3D Coach (Regal Books), Living It Loud: The Bandimere Way (Cross Training) and FCA's Four Core Value Series including Excellence, Integrity, Serving and Teamwork (Regal Books).

Chad co-authored devotionals for 2006 and 2007 editions of the FCA Athletes Bible (Serendipity House) and co-developed and authored the FCA summer camp curriculum from 2008 through 2015. He was also a primary contributor to the FCA Baseball New Testament (Biblica), the FCA Hockey New Testament (Biblica) and the FCA Wrestling New Testament (Biblica).

Chad served as the coordinating producer on the documentaries "Life Happens" (Brightbulb Entertainment) and "Choosing Life" (ACLJ Films). He is currently producing and writing the forthcoming documentary "Before the Kick: The Brian Kinchen Story" and a forthcoming documentary about Rachel Scott.

Chad and his wife Amy live in Broken Arrow, Okla., with sons Lance (September 2003), Cole (February 2008) and Quinn (February 2011). He attends Victory Christian Center in Tulsa and is the co-director of the School of Creative Media at Victory Bible College.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Rose Jr. on September 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon on August 14, 2003
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Talin S. Shahinian on August 14, 2003
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This book is a fun and easy read that nonetheless has sufficient depth. This anthology thoughtfully explores the seemingly contradictory intersection of popular music and Christianity, and the ways in which that unlikely marriage has produced some of the most memorable artists of the last few decades. Overall, this innovative anthology contains a thoughtfulness devoid of the hype usually found in music journalism.

Particularly notable are the sections on Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Lenny Kravitz, T-Bone Burnett, Moby and Bono, all of which were enjoyable and illuminating. For some of the aforementioned artists, it answers the questions of: "Is he, or isn't he?" and delves into some of the thoughts behind their expressions of faith in music and the media. The section on Lauryn Hill was fascinating, as I'd always wondered about her reading of the Bible while accepting her 1999 Grammy award.

I was surprised by some things I learned about artists that I'm not fans of, such as the stalwart Christian beliefs of bad boy impresario Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and bootylicious independent women, Destiny's child, neither of which would seem to be obvious choices for the church choir. As for Wyclef Jean, he remains wrapped in the spiritual mystery of his own choosing.

I highly recommend this interesting foray into the real, gritty, and sometimes unorthodox faith of some of the most influential musical artists of our time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on August 12, 2003
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Relevant Books, once again, comes up with a title that stretches our understanding of faith in a secular culture. Their previous release, a book about U2, showed willingness to approach controversial issues with a loving and Christ-like attitude. Here, the collaborative authors explore the lives and beliefs of a dozen current music icons.
The range is broad--Moby, to Al Green, to Beyonce--and the writing is smooth, for the most part. Although some of the chapters delve into personal stances of the authors, most stick to the facts, offering clear and unflinching portraits of names familiar to all. Like evidence in a courtroom of moral relevance, this book presents little known facts and rumor-busting explanations so that readers can judge for themselves these musicians' motives and methods. You may be shocked by some bits of evidence, assuaged by others, angered or swayed as well. But you will be challenged.
In a world of tepidness, Relevant Books continues to turn up the heat. I am a writer. My wife is a musician. For other artistic souls, this book will stimulate ideas on how to merge vital Christian faith with the issues we face in this culture. Don't miss this "Spiritual Journey."
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