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"How Keuss narrowed down his 'playlist' for this book is beyond me. There are a plethora of theological themes and 'religious' truths in popular music, and Keuss' selection is a wide and diverse sampling. It would be easy to dismiss popular music as vapid and superficial, driven and shaped by market forces that flatten the existential truths of the artists into commercial commodities, but Keuss enables us, like a fine teacher, to see the obvious, the beautiful, the transcendent, and the transformative in this powerful and omnipresent platform for giving voice to human desire. Those who have ears to hear already know this, those who do not could do no better than to surrender to Keuss' able guidance."
-Eric G. Flett
author of Persons, Powers, and Pluralities: Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Culture

"With the mind of a theologian, the heart of the pastor, and the soul of an artist, nobody reflects more intelligently and provocatively at the intersection of theology and pop culture then Jeff Keuss. Your Neighbor's Hymnal shows how this generation does its God-talk through music and lyrics and passionately calls us to listen to and participate in their conversation."
-Dick Staub
author of About You: Fully Human. Fully Alive.

"Keuss works with popular music from the inside, like someone with the music flowing through his veins. This book is a fantastic example of how pop culture can serve as a deep source of theological reflection, which will enable readers to encounter God, through the music in 'Your Neighbour's Hymnal.'"
-Michael W. DeLashmutt
Co-Chair of the Network for Religion and Popular Culture --Wipf and Stock Publishers

About the Author

Jeffrey F. Keuss is Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of Freedom of the Self: Kenosis, Cultural Identity, and Mission at the Crossroads (Pickwick, 2010), The Sacred and the Profane: Current Demands on Hermeneutics (2003), and A Poetics of Jesus (2002).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (June 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608993698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608993697
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Keuss' "Your Neighbor's Hymnal" is an insightful look at today's (and yesterday's) music through the lens of the Christian message. Keuss' love of music (a self-dubbed, "sonic mystic") shines through in his explanation of lyrics and artists' stories. Categorized into Faith, Hope, and Love, Keuss has his reader humming through Fleetwood Mac, U2, Marvin Gaye, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, and Vigilantes of Love - just to name a few. "Your Neighbor's Hymnal" a must-read for anyone wanting to learn the hermeneutic of today's culture.
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I really enjoy the ideas behind this book, and he has certainly picked an eclectic group of songs to study. My chief criticism is that it appears that the book was dictated and sent directly to the printer. There are tons of typos, missed commas, and run-on sentences. It's very strange to me that a publisher would allow a book to go to press, when it so obviously has not been edited. All that being said, if the errors don't annoy you too much, there is good material here for study.
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Jeffrey Keuss has a tremendous ability to hear. This, it would seem, has been honed by decades of careful and humble listening. His gift for gleaning insight, beauty, and wisdom about humanity from what many might dismiss in pop music is enviable. I am glad I read this book. I will never listen to pop music the same way again, and I certainly will not dismiss any song without giving it a more careful play on my iPod. Anyone interested in culture, especially the role of the Christian faith in public life, would do well to read this book.
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