Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced 12 Music Icons

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What's the deal with Lauryn Hill and God? What's with the outlaw preacher persona of Johnny Cash? What about Moby's shout-outs to Jesus?

Nowhere else do faith and art intermingle so fluidly than in the ever-changing stream of popular music. For today's music-lovers, the influence of traditional religion is waning. The institutional church is fighting to remain RELEVANT. But personal spirituality and faith, particularly the kind espoused by our cultural icons are as respected and...

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Overview

What's the deal with Lauryn Hill and God? What's with the outlaw preacher persona of Johnny Cash? What about Moby's shout-outs to Jesus?

Nowhere else do faith and art intermingle so fluidly than in the ever-changing stream of popular music. For today's music-lovers, the influence of traditional religion is waning. The institutional church is fighting to remain RELEVANT. But personal spirituality and faith, particularly the kind espoused by our cultural icons are as respected and interesting as ever. In the cultural conscience, pop stars replaced preachers.

SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS looks deeper into the issue by exploring the spiritual lives of a dozen of the most intriguing members of our entertainment culture. From Bono to Beyonce, P. Diddy to T-Bone, it surveys the fasinating intersection of faith and art, from the fresh perspective of a new generation of spiritual seekers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780972927604
  • Publisher: Relevant Books
  • Publication date: 7/24/2003
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced Twelve Music Icons

    Celebrity worship and religious study have always been popular¿if exclusive¿topics for chitchat on the cigarette break. But now, thanks to the thorough efforts five writers the twain shall meet. Each chapter dives into the depths of a musician¿s faith while putting their quotes and personal experiences into context with their art and background. It¿s quite a feat. Some chapters have more substance than others. But, this should be expected with tag-team writing. Still, every chapter has its own flavor providing a satisfying (and enlightening) read. The section on P. Diddy alone had me¿shockingly¿close to tears. After scooping up SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS, I¿d suggest you check out WALK ON: The Spiritual Journey of U2 and RESTLESS PILGRIM: The Spiritual Journey of Bob Dylan. You might just learn something about yourself in the midst of all the adulation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Incredible

    Have you ever wanted to know more about your favorite music artists than you can learn from gossip magazines and television shows? This is the book for you. Spiritual Journeys is a unique look at some of the most prevalent names in music today. Written in an intelligent fashion to suit many readers, this book is a must-read for those interested in pop culture. Even if you don¿t listen to their music, it is fascinating to read about these celebrities¿ lives. You don¿t get the usual bio that everyone produces and knows, you get the real people; how they feel, who they really are inside. You leave this book feeling like you¿ve been truly been educated on the lives of others who are burdened by the public¿s watchful eye. A must-read to keep up with today¿s ever-changing music world. With natural human curiosity inside every single one of us, I can not imagine anyone not enjoying this book. I have urged my personal friends to read this book, and I urge you. Enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    Taking a Walk with Twelve Music Icons

    'Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced Twelve Music Icons' gives curious readers a clear look into the spiritual side of popular culture and is a perfectly delivered must-read for anyone who has any interest in the music world. In a time when the public is informed of every step, breath, and blink of those in the spotlight, and the media floods us with details of business deals and band break-ups, romances and relationship strife, Spiritual Journeys gives readers a deeper look into the most intimate area of the lives of twelve icons of the music industry¿their spirituality. Through deeply personal accounts of the life histories of various popular artists, readers of Spiritual Journeys will gain insight and a refreshing new perspective on the spiritual lives of this dozen. The writers of Spiritual Journeys take readers on a journey of their own, past facades, and through deceptions and misbeliefs, into the core of the spiritual lives of some of the most well-know music artists of the past few decades. Through accounts of the spiritual travels of a group of very different musicians and performers, readers will experience challenges to their own faith, and very possibly a transformation of opinions, as we learn about the basic, and not so basic, belief systems of these stars. We find that they are fallible human begins and, just like the rest of us, they are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. That the longing to know something deeper, to have faith in something bigger than ourselves, is in all of us. These artists have spent their lives searching and digging into their roots of faith, often in a very public manner, to discover that which continues to shape them¿their own personal spirituality. And each one has found something to hold on to. If nothing else, the spiritual journeys of artists like Lauryn Hill, Scott Stapp, P. Diddy, and others reflect, and sometimes even trigger, our own spiritual pilgrimage. Their questions and the answers they¿ve found are brought into the spotlight in Spiritual Journeys, and remind us that we¿re not alone in our search for the Truth, in our search for the oft-seeming elusive God who created us. Reading their stories encourages us to take an active role in our own spiritual journeys, asking questions, seeking answers, and walking out our faith, despite the mistakes we make or the wrong turns we take. Their examples teach us that eventually, no matter how hard we fight it, we¿ll find exactly what we¿ve been looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    Faith meets Music

    This is a book about people, and the music and faith found in their lives. How does one effect the other? What happens when they mix? And mix in someone creating and selling music to the masses? The book takes twelve household music icons, and presents a chapter on each. An introduction gives some hint at their inclusion before delving deeper into their stories. Each one obviously resulting from considerable time spent both researching and living with the music in question. Starting with a chapters whose music I was already familiar with, it was fascinating to discover the story told only in part by the music. To get an idea of what happened between albums, filling in the gaps to get a fuller picture of the journey the artist was on. Having read a few of these, I turned to a less familiar chapter, not sure how interesting it would be to read about music I didn't like. But reading one or two of these stories got me thinking about areas of music I had never given a second thought to. Having heard the history I could make sense and place each albums in context, and maybe even buy one or two. At the end of each chapter it reflects on the story so far. How much genuine faith had inspired the music, and how much good music had enriched the faith. What hopes for the future? All in all a well researched and well written book, by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Interesting read for music fans

    Spiritual Journeys is an enjoyable read for most music fans. Written in documentary style (think ¿VH1¿s Behind the Music¿) by a handful of authors, each chapter focuses on a different artist. Within each chapter, the author briefly pieces together the spiritual climate of the artist¿s family and surroundings, weaving together the life¿s tapestry that colors the music these artists make. In certain chapters, such as Destiny¿s Child and P Diddy, the authors seem to stretch to find spirituality in the artist¿s lives and music. For other artists, such as Bob Dylan and Bono, the authors focus too heavily on the spiritual content of the music or family life as validation of that person¿s Christian faith. For music fans looking for a definitive ¿life and times¿ of their favorite artist, the official biography of that artist would probably be a better choice. This book focuses on the spiritual side of these artists¿ lives as researched from interviews, magazine articles, and books already written about them. Faith is a journey, and for many artists in this book, such as Scott Stapp and Lenny Kravitz, the spiritual story of their lives is still being told. As a music lover and a person of faith, I found myself cheering for these artists, hoping that they would come to grips with their fame and use it as an opportunity to state their faith clearly in their lives and their lyrics (i.e. Bono from U2). However, the vulnerable human nature of these artists shows up time and again, as they wrestle with the early influences of faith vs. the new world of fame, touring, and the rock-n-roll lifestyle that great artists often succumb to during their careers. Overall, this is a good snapshot of each artist and the spiritual influences that have helped them create such memorable music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Music and Spirituality Cross Paths

    As middle-schoolers or junior high students, we all became enamored with our favorite pop icon. For me, it was U2 and REM. For others it was the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Rarely did we even consider the fact that there is something larger driving these individuals to create their art. Spiritual Journeys presents the reader with a glimpse into the higher calling catapulting these musicians to remain uncompromisingly true to their craft and their God. The authors put no words into the mouths of their subjects, yet present the reader with honest essays about the pilgrimages that have shaped the music we hear and adore. They also made no assumptions about the validity of their Christianity and position in the eyes of God. The authors allowed the musicians words and music to speak for themselves and encourage the reader to arrive at his or her own conclusions. My only criticism is that the authors did not interview these people and get a first person narrative of the journey. Don¿t get me wrong; these are excellent essays. However, I do feel that the book would have been stronger with more first person interviews. Overall, Spiritual Journeys is a great read for music fans, pop culture historians, and spiritual seekers. We know these musicians through their music, and through this book we now have more of an understanding of the driving force behind those hooks we just can¿t get out of our heads. My favorites: Cash, Lauryn Hill, Moby, Dylan, and of course Bono.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    A Fresh New Look. . . .

    I have grown tired of the Christian community doubting the faith of mainstream artists, such as Creed, U2, and Destiny¿s Child, because they are not actively seeking the label of ¿Christian¿ entertainer. Sure, they curse, wear skimpy clothing, break the law and are incessantly egotistical. But does it mean they don¿t know God? Spiritual Journeys takes a much-needed, refreshing look at twelve pop culture icons that have openly professed some sort of faith in Jesus Christ. The book¿s five authors have selected an impressively wide array of musicians in several genres, all of whom are successful in debunking the stereotypes of religion. It¿s a well-written, well-documented book that I couldn¿t put down. Their fascinating stories of despair, redemption and renewal would be interesting to someone in any walk of life, not just believers in Christ. In today¿s post-modern society, the squeaky-clean image displayed by contemporary Christian musicians is not going to gain believers. Spiritual Journeys conveys that popular music has an immensely broad audience, and fortunately there are musicians out there who are true believers in Christ, and are - to the best of their ability - conveying a positive message to their audience. Their ¿human-ness¿ just makes them more believable, more relevant, and more appealing to people who see the Christian image as unattainable and unattractive. The book effectively chronicles the lives of these musicians, and how their faith has brought them perspective in their lives and music. From P. Diddy¿s long struggle with the law, to Johnny Cash¿s bout with drug abuse, to Bono¿s long commitment to helping the under-served, to Dylan¿s conversion from Judaism, each artist¿s journey to faith is clearly documented. Some chapters create a chronicle of the artist¿s life, while others simply focus on discography. If any of these musicians appeal to you, I highly recommend this book. Even the chapters on artists I didn¿t know or have an interest in fascinated me. I also found it comforting to know that there are Christians willing to write about pop culture from an open-minded perspective.

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