Broken Hallelujahs: Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God

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Brazos Press, Nov 1, 2011 - Religion - 184 pages
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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. 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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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
The Seductiveness of Certainty
21
The Holy and the Broken Hallelujah
27
Why God Loves the Blues
49
Cries
75
Grace and Karma
97
Surrendertothe Music
115
Practicing Surrender
139
Notes
157
Subject Index
175
Scripture Index
183
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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.

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