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Your Neighbor's Hymnal: What Popular Music Teaches Us about Faith, Hope, and Love Paperback – June 10, 2011

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"How Keuss narrowed down his 'playlist' for this book is beyond me. There are a plethora of theological themes and 'religious' truths in popular music, and Keuss' selection is a wide and diverse sampling. It would be easy to dismiss popular music as vapid and superficial, driven and shaped by market forces that flatten the existential truths of the artists into commercial commodities, but Keuss enables us, like a fine teacher, to see the obvious, the beautiful, the transcendent, and the transformative in this powerful and omnipresent platform for giving voice to human desire. Those who have ears to hear already know this, those who do not could do no better than to surrender to Keuss' able guidance."
-Eric G. Flett
author of Persons, Powers, and Pluralities: Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Culture

"With the mind of a theologian, the heart of the pastor, and the soul of an artist, nobody reflects more intelligently and provocatively at the intersection of theology and pop culture then Jeff Keuss. Your Neighbor's Hymnal shows how this generation does its God-talk through music and lyrics and passionately calls us to listen to and participate in their conversation."
-Dick Staub
author of About You: Fully Human. Fully Alive.

"Keuss works with popular music from the inside, like someone with the music flowing through his veins. This book is a fantastic example of how pop culture can serve as a deep source of theological reflection, which will enable readers to encounter God, through the music in 'Your Neighbour's Hymnal.'"
-Michael W. DeLashmutt
Co-Chair of the Network for Religion and Popular Culture --Wipf and Stock Publishers

About the Author

Jeffrey F. Keuss is Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of Freedom of the Self: Kenosis, Cultural Identity, and Mission at the Crossroads (Pickwick, 2010), The Sacred and the Profane: Current Demands on Hermeneutics (2003), and A Poetics of Jesus (2002).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (June 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608993698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608993697
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Keuss is Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology and Culture at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in Seattle, Washington USA. Prior to coming to SPU in 2005, Dr. Keuss was Lecturer of Practical Theology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to his work at SPU, he continues to teach as Visiting Professor of Practical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and is a regular contributor to The Kindlings Muse monthly podcast on Theology and Culture (www.thekindlingsmuse.com)which is available for download on iTunes.

Dr. Keuss has published articles, chapters and reviews on the interdisciplinary engagement of theology, ministry and contemporary culture and is on the Editorial Board for the journal Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press). His books include Freedom of the Self: Kenosis, Cultural Identity and Mission at the Crossroads (Pickwick, 2010); A Poetics of Jesus: The search for Christ through writing in the nineteenth century and The Sacred and the Profane: Contemporary Issues in Hermeneutics. He also has two chapters in Cinema Divinite addressing the role of film studies in theological reflection and currently completing a book on theology and pop music entitled Your Neighbor's Hymnal: What Christians can learn from pop music about faith, hope and love (Cascade Books, 2011). You can follow him on Twitter @senseijfk as well as his blog: http://jeffkeuss.com/

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mona on June 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Jeffrey Keuss' "Your Neighbor's Hymnal" is an insightful look at today's (and yesterday's) music through the lens of the Christian message. Keuss' love of music (a self-dubbed, "sonic mystic") shines through in his explanation of lyrics and artists' stories. Categorized into Faith, Hope, and Love, Keuss has his reader humming through Fleetwood Mac, U2, Marvin Gaye, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, and Vigilantes of Love - just to name a few. "Your Neighbor's Hymnal" a must-read for anyone wanting to learn the hermeneutic of today's culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. T. Krispin on July 20, 2011
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Jeffrey Keuss has a tremendous ability to hear. This, it would seem, has been honed by decades of careful and humble listening. His gift for gleaning insight, beauty, and wisdom about humanity from what many might dismiss in pop music is enviable. I am glad I read this book. I will never listen to pop music the same way again, and I certainly will not dismiss any song without giving it a more careful play on my iPod. Anyone interested in culture, especially the role of the Christian faith in public life, would do well to read this book.
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If you're sick and tired of cheesy, Jesus-is-my-boyfriend, contemporary Christian music and feeling guilty about wondering if you're the only one who thinks it's garbage, "Your Neighbor's Hymnal" is the book for you. Deeply theological, musically sophisticated, and excellently crafted, Jeff Keuss provides his readers with a new set of 'hermeneutical headphones' to hear inklings of the eternal in the midst of ordinary pop songs. Drawing from artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Tom Waits, and Kanye West, Keuss invites listeners off of the wall and into the divine dance of faith, hope, and love. An extremely practical book for anyone who thinks "the earth is the Lord's and everything in it (including music)" (Psalm 24, writer's paraphrase).
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