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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."
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
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).
I really enjoy the ideas behind this book, and he has certainly picked an eclectic group of songs to study. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Baritone Dad
I've had the joy and privilege of being one of Dr. Keuss' students, and his knowledge of ways to reach our youth today is just spectacular. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Christine