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Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost Paperback – February 16, 2010
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— Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University
“The most glorious part about Hear No Evil is Matthew Paul Turner’s humor and authenticity. Brilliantly affective, this collection of stories about music--its triumphs, its dysfunction, and its value in people’s lives--will conjure up memories about your own musical journey and experiences. Matthew's funny and sometimes irreverent tone reveals not only his social relevance but also his sincerity.”
— Josh Shipp, host of Jump Shipp, author of The Teen’s Guide to World Domination, MTV personality
“There’s an adage: ‘Never make fun of a group of which you are not a member.’ Matthew Paul Turner grew up in the fundamentalist bubble and worked in the Christian Contemporary Music scene. And make fun of them he does however, not with outsider venom but with insider empathy. Hear No Evil is hilarious, cringe-worthy, and all too true. And Turner's faith survived. Halleluiah. That’s what humor can do.”
— Susan E. Isaacs, actress, comedienne, and author of Angry Conversations with God
“Hear No Evil is a compelling story that will send you on a journey where you’re laughing one second and doing a painfully honest heart check the next. When you finish this book you’ll have a new understanding that God works in very unique and surprising ways as He draws us closer to Him.”
— Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church, author of Plan B
“Anyone who grew up in the evangelical bubble will relive their own adolescence through Turner’s witty, devastatingly forthright account of his own. Couching his unsparing observation in self-effacing mirth, he drags the superstition and cultural backwardness of the good ole Christian subculture right out into the open. Even if you’ve had bad experiences with exorcisms in the past, Hear No Evil is the last one you’ll ever need.”
— David Sessions, founding editor of Patrol magazine
“In Hear No Evil, Matthew Paul Turner writes ‘The odd thing about Christians pursuing fame is that they do it while pretending not to be interested in fame’. I would buy this book even if this was the only sentence printed inside. It’s that valuable.”
— Jonathan Acuff , creator of StuffChristiansLike.net and author of the book Stuff Christians Like
Top Customer Reviews
Your life is pretty much an exact mirror of mine, but I'm female.
Dripping with unexaggerated sarcasm, this book shines a light on the negative impact religious indoctrination and sheltering can have on a child. This is not fiction.
I'm now an agnostic anti-theist.
Why? It's obvious.
Summary: Turner grew up in a household where anything that involved percussion or electric instruments was banned. Over time though as he grew up, and got out he discovered a lot more music, and the impacts it can all have on people. Turner shares his experience with the Christian music industry while working at CCM, his years at a Christian music oriented college in Tennessee, and his current stance with music and worship.
Characters: Matthew Paul Turner usually comes off pretty likable in his book to me. He's a guy who has experienced much the same things I did growing up in a Christian home, but thankfully most are more nostalgic than something has scarred me. It seems that Turner still gets along with his parents despite the fact their views shifted apart. Turner really is the main person in the novel, with other people that he encountered in life that impacted his view on music.Read more ›
Like his book, "Churched," Turner's writing is full of hilarious anecdotes and very clever observations, while at the same time the stories are a sober reminder that there is no fun in fundamentalism, whatever its particular brand. As the chapters proceed and the little boy grows up he must figure out what to do with all the religion he has soaked up over the years. He journeys through college, living in Nashville, booking music for a Christian coffee shop/concert house, and having a job as a writer and editor for CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) Magazine.
While his inside view of "the business" provides insights to the Christian music scene (especially thoughtful are his interactions with Amy Grant, a musician he calls "James" who left the industry, and a church worship leader named Kyle) Matthew's writings aren't an expose on others as much as they are a tell-all book about himself. As he says, "Honesty can sometimes sound judgmental to those who don't fully understand the topic of conversation." And that is what this, an honest conversation from a man who is walking out his faith in sincerity, even when it means being uncomfortably raw, in hopes that tomorrow's songs will be sung in freedom.
I highly recommend this book.
I came to the book via goofballing around those "rock music is the devil's music" juvenile advice books by Bob Larson, Dan/Steve Peters record burnings, satanic backmasking paranoid conspiracies that were so popular in the late '70s and '80s. I was only vaguely aware that Jeff Godwin (wow) thought Amy Grant was eeevil, but the only other volume that hinted there was an issue with more-vanilla-than-Pat-Boone pop, CCM, was a fence-straddling Dan/Steve Peters-Cher Merrill WHAT ABOUT CHRISTIAN ROCK? book, suggesting CCM was a Christian music niche for their own youth market. But then, I stumbled onto the old mid-'50s "the beat!" devil-rock arguments full of codewords that keep being recycled (all the way back to syncopated ragtime/jass/jazz with flappers from World War I), like those THE HORROR OF HAMMER sequels exhuming Christopher Lee's corpse for another full-fanged scare. Matthews book is a nice look at that culture still in play--really, Sandi Patti, Sheila Walsh and Amy Grant are eeevil? Buying and throwing out/your mother throwing out Grant's vanilla-pop HEARTS IN MOTION crossover album as rock-offensive (???) several times over: that's harsh.
The downer part of the book for me, as a record junkie, is the short-shrift of information about Matthew's stint at CCM.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost is a collection of personal stories by Matthew Paul Turner dealing with how music played a role in his life. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by A. Riley
I love humorous memoirs and this one did not disappoint. I'm actually glad that I read it a second time before reviewing it. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Megan Waz
I usually find something to like about the books I read. I'm easy to get along with. Yet, I don't like this book. Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by Tami ~ thismomsdelight
This is a very confusing book. Is Turner a christian, has he left the Church or what? The book appears to be part theology, part personal devotion and part rambling of a not so... Read morePublished on June 30, 2010 by The Golden Reviewer
Matthew Turner is always easy to read and always funny. Growing up with a Baptist background, I could identify with much of what he described, and I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Read morePublished on May 10, 2010 by Mandy Hornbuckle
I have been following Matthew Paul Turner on Twitter for a while and I was excited to get the opportunity to review his new book. Read morePublished on May 4, 2010 by lifelovelattes
This book is hilarious. I related to it because of all the 80's culture references and appreciated the good-natured ribbing of Christian culture and biases. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Jennifer Donovan
Hear No Evil is the hilarious retelling of Matthew Turner's journey from a fundamental Baptist upbringing to discovering grace and music. Read morePublished on March 20, 2010 by Stephanie Cherry
"Should I know who Dylan is?" This question (and the scorn that followed) taught Matthew Paul Turner, author of Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music and the Holy Ghost, an... Read morePublished on March 6, 2010 by Aaron Armstrong