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Gospel According To Bruce Springsteen
     

Gospel According To Bruce Springsteen

by Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz
 

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In this engaging book, Jeffrey Symynkywicz, a minister and dedicated Springsteen fan, shows us that Bruce Spingsteen's enduring importance stems largely from the rich spiritual themes that run throughout his albums. With a lively and engaging style, Symynkywicz probes each of Springsteen's albums and shows how his music helps make sense of the many threads of our

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In this engaging book, Jeffrey Symynkywicz, a minister and dedicated Springsteen fan, shows us that Bruce Spingsteen's enduring importance stems largely from the rich spiritual themes that run throughout his albums. With a lively and engaging style, Symynkywicz probes each of Springsteen's albums and shows how his music helps make sense of the many threads of our lives, including experiences of sin and redemption, fear and courage, and—above all—faith, hope, and love.

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Publishers Weekly

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, a driver rolled down his window and shouted to Bruce Springsteen, "We need you—now!" A few days later Springsteen appeared as part of a telethon to help victims' families, and not long after released The Rising, with "Into the Fire" as a tribute to the lost firefighters. It wasn't the first or last time America would need the Boss—his support kept the Vietnam Veterans of America from disbanding, and his social critique since 9/11 has been loud in its protest of the Iraq War. According to Symynkywicz, Born in the USAis not only Springsteen's greatest album, it represents the ambiguity of his gospel, his lover's quarrel with an America he loves and fumes against. Symynkywicz explores these theological and political questions with the deftness of a Harvard-trained minister and a great Springsteen fan. He has clearly pored over these lyrics, multilayered as they are, and sifted them through a theological filter. At times he offers a bit too much detail. Other times you'll want to stop reading, turn on the Boss and dance in the dark, maybe even praying while you do. (June)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664231699
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
06/16/2008
Series:
The Gospel According To... Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a Unitarian minister in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He is the author of five books on recent Eastern European history.

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