Broken Hallelujahs

Broken Hallelujahs : Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God

4 (28 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$18.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Brazos Press, Div of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 1587432501
  • 9781587432507
  • 1,047,260

Back cover copy

Brokenness, Redemption, and Popular Music "Broken Hallelujahs" offers a fresh perspective on engaging faith and culture through a wide range of popular music, including the blues, hip-hop, and rock. Christian Scharen reveals the limits of approaches to culture that draw strict boundaries between saint and sinner, church and world--approaches that can miss the creative ways God is active and at work in the world. He calls us to trust God's redeeming presence in the midst of a broken creation. Through his examination of artists such as Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, and Billie Holiday, Scharen offers a 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. "The realm of popular music, like much in pop culture, is often written off as bleak and godless. Scharen pleads that this is the result of a 'constricted imagination, ' and rightly so. This very readable book will provoke discussions that are much needed in the church and beyond." --Jeremy Begbie, Duke University "Christian Scharen's theological meditation on popular music shows why Christians and popular artists have serious spiritual concerns in common. He argues that pop musicians are already literate about the creative character of surrender in their lives and work, and that Christian theology too finds its center in graceful surrender to God with and for others. Fans of music and students of spirituality will and should be drawn in by the work of this discerning, inquisitive theological thinker and unapologetic--but not uncritical--music fan." --Tom Beaudoin, Fordham Universityshow more

About Christian Scharen

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."show more

Rating details

28 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
5 36% (10)
4 36% (10)
3 21% (6)
2 7% (2)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X