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About Hear No Evil

Every Life Has a Soundtrack. 
 
If you’ve ever had the opening bars of a song transport you back in time or remind you of a pivotal spiritual moment, Matthew Paul Turner’s honest—and frequently hilarious—musings will strike a chord. Straightforward and amusing, Hear No Evil is Turner’s “life soundtrack,” a compilation of engaging personal stories about how music—and music’s ability to transform—has played a key role in his spiritual life.
 
Groove along on his journey as young evangelical Turner attends forbidden contemporary Christian concerts, moves to “Music City” Nashville, and dreams of becoming the Michael Jackson of Christian music.
 
Cosmic and compelling, keen and funny, every page is a new encounter with the people, places, and experiences that have taught the music-editor-turned-author some new things about God, forced him out of his comfort zone, and introduced him to a fresh view of grace along the way.

Praise

“Like a good Amy Grant song, Hear No Evil will worm its way into your brain, lodge itself there, and refuse to leave.  Every page is funny, honest, and full of the best kind of faith.  Matthew Paul Turner isn't just a great Christian writer.  He's a great writer, period.” 
— 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

About Matthew Paul Turner

Matthew Paul Turner is a blogger, speaker, and author of Hear No Evil, The Coffeehouse Gospel, the What You Didn’t Learn from Your Parents About… series, and several other popular books. Matthew, his wife, Jessica, and his son, Elias, live in Nashville, Tennessee. He can be found online at www.matthewpaulturner.com. 

Product Details

240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Feb 16, 2010

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

Every Life Has a Soundtrack. Download the first chapter of Hear No Evil here. If you’ve ever had the opening bars of a song transport you back in time or remind you of a pivotal spiritual moment, Matthew Paul Turner’s honest—and frequently hilarious—musings will strike a chord. Straight-forward and amusing, Hear No Evil is Turner’s “life soundtrack,” a compilation of engaging personal stories about how music—and music’s ability to transform—has played a key role in his spiritual life. Download the first chapter of Hear No Evil here.

By Holly Roberts

Matthew Paul Turner has released books that do revolutionize a way that many people have perceived Christianity, and others who have felt a bit of an outcast from the world because they've not fallen into the American idea of it. While there are some things I agree with him on, and other things I don't, this book can at least get me on the same page with him. I grew up through some of my middle school years, and high school years with a...

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By Joshua Griffin

Finished up two books on the plane back from Kenya this past week - the first of which was Matthew Paul Turner's Hear No Evil. He's the guy behind the genius "growing up Fundamental Baptist" book Churched, which I read last year based on a recommendation from a good friend. This book is honestly more of the same - and I loved it - this time he takes the perspective of growing up with fundamental music. The author has got to be about ...

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By Frank Gantz

Because of my move from Louisville to Chattanooga, this book arrived late in my mail box. It was worth the wait. Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost is Matthew Paul Turner's story of the role of music in his spiritual journey. Some journey it is. It begins in the culture of an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church and family. Here hymns are the only acceptable expression of music. The journey continue...

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By Heather McBride

Matthew Paul Turner grew up in a very strict - fundamentalist - church/family. I didn't realize just how sheltered some people are - and how extreme fundamentalists can be! Oddly, though, despite my growing up in a Charismatic church, I was almost as sheltered as he was. Especially when it came to music. I attended a church that STRONGLY discouraged listening to secular music. Despite my "best" attempts, I've never stuck to liste...

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By Amy Riley

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. Of course I wanted to read this the moment I heard about it (despite the fact that Churched remains in the TBR pile) because I'm always interested in how music plays a part in our lives. (similar to books. Music lovers, you know it's similar to books) I really enjoyed...

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