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One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God Paperback – April 1, 2006
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"The theology of the cross fits U2 because it avoids the all too common proclamation of faith, hope, and love that ignores the present realities of doubt, despair, suffering and injustice. It is a tradition that looks at the world and speaks the truth about what it sees: the good, the bad, and the ugly. In the words of the church reformer Martin Luther, the theology of the cross `calls a thing what it really is.'"
This book helps "make sense of U2's style of talking about God, Jesus, the Spirit and the Christian life in a holistic way." It's an excellent resource for those wanting to understand the spirituality found in the band's lyrics.
It also serves as a mini-lesson in theology, especially as it pertains to the cross and the different forms of communication found in the Bible. The author provides keen insight into the psalms, the wisdom literature, the parables, prophecy, and apocalyptic writing in the first section of the book. In each chapter a different pattern of speech is examined with examples of how U2 mirrors the style and content of that particular form.
The second section focuses on the theology of the cross. With U2, it's a way of singing "truthfully and unflinchingly about God and the world God loves. It is a way of speaking that highlights faith over certainty, hope over despair, selfless love over the self-indulgent pursuits that tempt the church and its leaders to grab power and money for themselves." Once again the author provides specific examples from the band's music.Read more ›
First, a lot of lyric quotes have very minor differences from the lyrics printed in liner notes of U2 releases. A small issue, but in turn very distracting when the author is trying to sound authoritative on his subject, especially when correct lyrics are so readily available. Oh well, whatever, nevermind.
BUT...there's also a claim that Adam Clayton converted to Christianity which I couldn't find substantiated anywhere else, including the book he claims as its source (the interview with Bono book, a much better read btw).
Scripture is sometimes paraphrased in a way that makes it hard to find what he's talking about (as for the "opening of Isaiah" he quotes, I still haven't found what I'm looking for (commenters are welcome to help me out).
My most ill-at-ease feeling about this book comes from the way the theological stuff is presented. It seems that the author just wants to get it out of the way so he can get back to talking about how awesome U2 are. Especially considering the book is aimed at those "seeking God," this is a little perplexing. I, myself, am not seeking U2. I know how awesome they are. I would suspect that anyone who cares enough about them to read books about them does as well.
Speaking of reading books about U2, unless this is your first encounter with anything that's been in print in the last, I don't know, twenty years, you won't read much here you didn't already know. The book is bogged down with U2 facts that even casual fans probably know (Rattle and Hum wasn't well received by critics, Adam had a problem with booze, Bono was involved in the Jubilee campaign, blah blah blah).Read more ›
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Really interesting study of Bono, the Edge and U2s spirituality. Obviously loves their poetry and their insights and keeps away from dogmatic analysis. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Diane Perrine Coon
Excellent job of encapsulating U2, their faith, and the gospel that guides them. This is a book for seekers, but also for believers who want more depth.Published on January 27, 2014 by Joseph Walker
This book help us to understand the music of U2 in a deeper way. Some of the symbolism in their music can be lost to many because of the Irish background we are unfamiliar with or... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Thomas Siefert
If you know me well at all, you know that U2 is my all time favorite band. I had the amazing opportunity to see them live the last time they came to Atlanta and it was well worth... Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by ScottC213
Books about U2's theological implications have become growth industry in recent years. As Bono and company have become a cultural institution, the frowns people once pulled at the... Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by Kevin L. Nenstiel
Christian Scharen does not hide the fact that he is a U2 fan. This book seems to mainly be written for those who are both fans of U2, and Christians trying to figure out what it... Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by D. Laufer
In his book, One Step Closer, author Christian Scharen weaves two inter-related themes to teach a powerful lesson of theology. Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by Chad Davies
I am David edwards and had written and sold thousands of books and my Title was One Step Closer. In fact it is right under this one. Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by David Edwards