- Series: Experiences in Evangelicalism (Book 2)
- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608993272
- ISBN-13: 978-1608993277
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,457,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Joel Heng Hartse is a youth group dropout turned know-it-all music critic who lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife. He has written about music for a number of publications including Paste, Geez, Blurt, Christianity Today, Beliefnet, the Stranger, the Portland Mercury, Killing the Buddha, Image, and a number of other publications.
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Top Customer Reviews
An earnest, intelligent, and hilarious book that I've recommended to many people. Remember Joy Electric? Seven Day Jesus? The Prayer Chain? This book is a gift to you.
My little CCM world had become a bubble with a permeable membrane, and outside influences were threatening the exclusivity of my devotion to Christian music. At age 33, I recognize CCM as a musical subculture of its own, like the British punk movement in the '70s or the shoegazer movement in the late '80s/early '90s. My CCM records now rest comfortably alongside my secular records, making my collection truly post-modern.
Joel Heng Hartse's book perfectly captures what it was for me to grow up as a CCM junkie. His writing is witty, insightful, and irreverent (which prompted one reader in a forum somewhere in a dark corner of the Internet to write, "Gee, I just don't know if the author of this book is a Christian at all. He uses swear words!" Gasp!). He writes as an unwavering music obsessive who has lived a life parallel to that of Rob Gordon in Nick Hornby's record-store-clerk manifesto, "High Fidelity." The passion is palpable. The stories are personal and memorable.
That being said, if you grew up listening to any CCM whatsoever--be it "mainstream" acts like Petra or Carman, or underground acts like The Prayer Chain (my all-time favorite band as a teenager) or Sixpence None the Richer (who went on to experience a mainstream, flash-in-the-pan success that completely blinded the world to the artistic integrity of the band's back catalog) - this is a book for you. This is a book about faith and growing up and rock 'n' roll and church camp and relationships and doubts and more rock 'n' roll and mixtapes and awful praise and worship songs that should be classified as torture on par with waterboarding.
Buy it, and follow Joel on Twitter. It is worth mentioning that he follows only one user: His wife. Go ahead and say "A-w-w-w-w" if you're not wishing you had airline barf bag to ralph in (although it is admittedly adorable). Joel, if you're reading this, thank you for writing this beautiful book. You've made the CCM experience a little more legitimate for the rest of us underground-dwellers.