Thursday, February 18, 2010

#BookReview: Hear No Evil - Matthew Paul Turner

He was determined to be the Michael Jackson of Christian music. No really, in his pre-teen years, Matt Turner truly believed it was his destiny to set the Christian music world on fire by becoming the next MiJac.

Hear No Evil is the hilarious coming of age story of a boy raised in a strict Southern Baptist home where secular TV and music were forbidden and even Tammy Faye and the PTL Club were off limits. Though his parents, particularly his mother, go to great lengths to keep him on the straight and narrow, Matt dreams of being on Star Search.

While attending Belmont University, he's exposed to other forms of Christianity and begins to question his mother's belief that only Southern Baptists are true Christians. Through conversations with fellow students, Matt learns that all Christians struggle with their faith and beliefs, though some more than others. I was amused by his friend Shawn, who seemed to feel as if he were on a higher moral plain than others. In the following excerpt, Shawn has just told Matt that he feels somebody "closely related to Satan" in their presence.
What does he mean by "closely related"? I thought. Are we talking about Gargamel? I'm pretty sure I can take Gargamel. Smurfs manhandled Gargamel. But if we're talking about a creature like Skeletor from He-Man, that's another story.
In another incident, Matt comes across a family that wants to pray his acid reflux induced burping away.

"... Our dear Brother Matthew has a burping problem. The acid in his stomach doesn't know how to stay put where it belongs, God. It's venturing up his esophagus and into his throat, oh Lord..."
Again, I cackled! We've all come across someone that's out to prove that they're more religious than you or walk closer with God than you. Matt seems to have run into his fair share of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

What did you like about this book?
It was a quick and easy read. I've not read anything else by the author, but I look forward to reading more.

What did you dislike about this book?
The book opens with a scene in a coffeehouse that seemed somewhat unnecessary. I'm not sure that it served any purpose.

What could the author do to improve this book?
At the end there's a big jump, at least it seemed like one to me, from the author discussing his latest job to discussing his wife and kid when no mention of dating, getting married, etc. had been discussed before that.

231 pp
Published February 2010

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