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Spiritual Slap in the Face,
By A Customer
This review is from: Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced Twelve Music Icons (Paperback)
Cracking this book I expected twelve short testimonies. I didn't imagine these spiritual biographies to be a slap in the face for me. The irony that these are God-fearing artists, yet Johnny Cash struggles with drug addiction, P-Diddy is crying in the courts, and Lauryn Hill and her son live with her boyfriend, reminded me of how judgmental and self-righteous I can be and how open minded and forgiving I, as a Christian, must be. Moby guided me back to the mindset that I can't judge others when I am so imperfect myself. Bono reminded me that Jesus calls us to serve others and love them as you love yourself, if not more. It was good for me to read about people that recognize their faults, but can say, "This is me God. I'm messed up, but I'm trying to live for You." Some of the most basic and important messages of the New Testament, and I'm reminded by rock stars? This was unexpected. I was also inspired as an artist. Digging into the worship within the lyrics of these icons stirred me to get God's word out in my own ways. At times I felt the book was repetitive, reading the spiritual struggles of a musical idol over and over again. I was annoyed by the writing at times, and there were distracting typographical errors (I'm no expert, but I expect more from a published book). However, the inspiration and messages I received were worth the erroneous writing/editing.
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