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Like a cross between a hermeneutical ‘capture the flag' and a theological ‘Where's Waldo?' (Chicago Sun-Times)

They offer a welcome portrait of what's possible when you have three chords and the truth. (Books and Culture)

I wouldn't be at all surprised if after you read a few of these sermons you'll be hungrier for a more meaningful life. (Scott Calhoun, @U2.com)

What I want to holler is the great news that this book, these sermons inspired by the lyrics of U2, really is a fine collection. Get Up Off Your Knees simply cannot be summarized. Each sermon deserves its own critical and prayerful engagement. (Byron Borger Coalition For Christian Outreach)

Whiteley, Maynard, and company have created a book that could have been subtitled 'A Brief Look at Christianity for Novices'. You might not know the theological jargon, but if you're a U2 fan you probably have experienced the sorts of things these writers were taught about at their divinity schools. (Angela Pancella, U2.com)

It will stretch you, inspire you, make you think―but perhaps most important, bring you to prayer in an active and engaged way. . . . Raewynne and Beth have put together a beautifully concise, but well argued rationale for meeting God in popular culture, and provided some ideas of how to go about helping us do it. (Mary Hess Luther Seminary)

About the Author

Raewynne J. Whiteley is vicar of Trinity Episcopal “Old Swedes” Church in Swedesboro, New Jersey. She is the author of many articles and published sermons.

Beth Maynard is a pastor and writer from Massachusetts. She has worked in parish ministry, university chaplaincy, and outreach to the homeless, and holds degrees from Amherst College, Boston University School of Theology, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Her other publications include the book Meditations for Lay Eucharistic Ministers and several sermons and articles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications (November 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561012238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561012237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 5, 2004
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`Is U2 a prophetic voice?' This is a question asked by Eugene Patterson in the forward to this book, `Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue.' There are many pop stars who can claim the role of `idol' with justification - Elvis and Marilyn Monroe are perhaps the greatest of these images, but in the end they lack the appropriate `ultimate concern' (if one may borrow a Tillichian phrase) because they become the objects of worship themselves - of course, there are some who worship or have worshiped U2, but in fact the strength of U2 lies in their symbolic nature, that they point to things greater and more important than themselves, and through the power of their music, lyrics and personae involve the people in something more ultimate.
One of the strengths of a book such as this is that it pushes the boundaries of ordinary preaching. Both editors Raewynne Whiteley and Beth Maynard have been involved in the Episcopal Church's Gathering the neXt Generation network, a group dedicated to looking for ways to involve more of Generation X into the church - what better way than to go to where Generation X lives, the popular culture, dominated by music.
The book grew out of an initial conversation of the editors and a third person, Mike Kinman, at a conference where Whiteley presented a paper on U2 and preaching to the GenX group. It became apparent that this was not a solitary glimpse, but had the aspects of communal revelation. Through various contacts, Whiteley and Maynard collected homilies preached by fellow ministers that involved key songs or elements of U2. There are 26 sermons in all, organised according to broad themes each introduced by a meditation by Sarah Dylan Breuer.
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most of the sermons in this book are very high quality. some are lacking. overall, the book has been very helpful for me (i am a theology student at princeton seminary and a preacher). the history of U2, the study guides, and the introduction/foreword are all helpful additions to these sermons.
i've been using U2 lyrics in my sermons for a while; it's nice to see others have done the same, with expertise and wisdom.
order this book especially if you are Christian and a U2 fan!
Nathan Hart
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Long time fans (& new ones too) will appreciation learning the history behind the lyrics and gaining an understanding of how the group is influencing religion today.
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...they made me - a 20+-year-long U2 fan - go back and listen to song lyrics I hadn't really noticed the first time around, eg Gone, God Part 2. In an age (hopefully receding) of religious people seeing the world in black and white / good and evil, it's refreshing to see these ministers grappling with the ambiguities of faith, of admitting to sometimes feeling abandoned. The result is a woman or man coming out of the doubt even stronger spiritually. I knew U2 were special...cheers to these ministers for tapping into that for their congregations.
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