My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a great read! Really, I haven’t read anything this quickly in a long time, but this one was fantastic.
I actually grew up in one of those homes that would have helped Matthew “rebel” by supplying him with music by Sandi Patti (his recollection of seeing her in concert actually made me choke up a little, remembering my own Sandi Patti concert experience!). My mom actually got into a bit of an argument with a minister we had met who had nothing but negative things to say about Christian rock. We invited people to go with us to the Creation festival and to various Christian concerts in the area. We loved music, and it was great to have something we could all listen to without blushing.
Anyway, back to the book. Matthew Paul Turner does indeed write a book about his journey into the world of music, both Christian and secular. But he also writes about his journey into a deeper, less safe faith. I think that, more than even his entertaining anecdotes about riding the fame coattails of Two4One or daring to talk to the man who had converted from being Episcopal to Christian. He allowed us as readers to take a look at his evolving faith. From one where he knew all of the answers to one where he could see that maybe the answers weren’t as cut and dried as he had assumed.
Tons of laugh out loud moments in this book, but also several really poignant stories. If you’ve been a Christian for a while and have lived through any of the contemporary versus traditional music debate, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Absolutely be sure to check it out!