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Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog Paperback – November 30, 2003
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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
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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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.Read more ›
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!
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A wonderful devotional for anyone interested in exploring what motivates U2's lyrics.Published 23 months ago by Nathanael Peach
I bought this book because I really do believe that U2 represent something very significant in terms of spirituality. Read morePublished on December 4, 2005 by Supernova
This book is wonderfully put together and incredibly fun. My friends and I are passing two copies of it around our college campus, and none of us can get enough of it! Read morePublished on January 30, 2004 by Allie