Broken Hallelujahs: Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God [NOOK Book]

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Building on the success of One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God, Christian Scharen shows how to engage faith and culture through a wide range of popular music, including the blues, hip-hop, and rock. He examines artists such as Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, and Billie Holiday, offering a fresh, compelling theology of culture in conversation with C. S. Lewis that can look suffering and brokenness in the face because it knows of a love deeper than hate, a hope stronger than despair. ...
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Broken Hallelujahs: Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God

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Overview

Building on the success of One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God, Christian Scharen shows how to engage faith and culture through a wide range of popular music, including the blues, hip-hop, and rock. He examines artists such as Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, and Billie Holiday, offering a fresh, compelling theology of culture in conversation with C. S. Lewis that can look suffering and brokenness in the face because it knows of a love deeper than hate, a hope stronger than despair. Written engagingly yet with theological depth, this book will resonate with readers interested in the interface between pop culture, music, and theology, as well as with pastors and youth ministers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441234438
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Christian Scharen (PhD, Emory University) is assistant professor of worship and theology and codirector of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has authored a number of books, including One Step Closer and Faith as a Way of Life.
Christian Scharen (PhD, Emory University) is assistant professor of worship and theology and codirector of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has authored a number of books, including One Step Closer and Faith as a Way of Life. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Scharen has served congregations in California, Georgia, and Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Part 1: God in Popular Culture
1. The Seduction of Certainty
2. The Holy and the Broken Hallelujah
3. Why God Loves the Blues
4. Cries
Part 2: Popular Culture in God
5. Grace and Karma
6. Surrender to the Music
7. Practicing Surrender
Indexes
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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    This work is an exceptional theological argument for engaging &q

    This work is an exceptional theological argument for engaging "with" instead of "at" popular culture! The anti-dualistic viewpoint is based on the premise that God created the whole earth and we constrict imagination when we checklist segments of society as "Christian" and "non-Christian". Scharen carefully navigates through a well-informed series of examples including C. S. Lewis, U2, Leonard Cohen, Kayne West, Billie Holiday, Arcade Fire, Harry Potter and many others. Chapter 4, "Cries" was one of the most challenging and life-changing pieces I have read in a very long time.

    I HIGHLY recommend this selection!

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