Book Review:: Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner is the first truly excellent book I’ve read in months.  Well-written and chock full of humor, Hear No Evil is a musical memoir about Turner’s journey through fundamentalism, his appreciation for Amy Grant, and of course, the Christian music industry—and how all these things relate to his relationship to God, faith, and development of self.

Wit flows naturally through Turner’s words as he recounts his childhood in a strict fundamentalist Baptist church nestled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  There are laugh out loud moments as Turner describes people, events, and conversations with amazing clarity.  While Turner shares his thoughts of fundamentalism, the Christian music industry, and a certain unnamed Christian college in Florida, he ceases to bash anything incessantly.  In fact, he simply states the facts, offers a bit of opinion, and moves on allowing his readers to draw their own conclusions.  This, I believe, was an intelligent decision on Turner’s part as readers grow weary of being force-fed opinion by know-it-all authors.

In writing this review, I am tempted to type inspiring quote after inspiring quote or share full chapters with you to convince you, my dear readers, Hear No Evil is a truly marvelous read.  Not only does Turner write about buying, trashing, and then re-buying Amy Grant’s Heart in Motion five times, he also shares a personal story about meeting Amy Grant for an interview—an interview in which Turner’s editor insisted Amy Grant should “apologize” to her fans for her divorce from former husband, Gary Chapman. If you want to know what happens, you’ll just have to read Hear No Evil (psst! I’m giving away a free copy! See below.)

Hear No Evil tells a great story and I felt like I got to know Turner a little better, too.  As a writer, Turner shines above his peers in the publishing world (especially those who have a bone to pick with the church.)  Simply put— Matthew Paul Turner is a darn good writer and Hear No Evil is a must, must, must read.


*This book [and the giveaway] was [were] provided for review [and giveaway] by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*


What did you think of the book?  Love it? Like it? Hate it?  Speak your mind!

0 thoughts on “Book Review:: Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

  1. This sounds like an interesting read. My mom was cool about Christian rock music while my brother and I were growing up, but I had friends whose parents thought it was “of the Devil.” I’d be very interested to hear what Turner has to say.

  2. Sounds like a must read amazing book! Sounds like a great book also for my teenage sons who struggle with reading unless it has purpose and humor! Thanks for offering a free book to your followers!

  3. I soooo want this book! Matthew is one of my favorite authors, and I ‘d love to read this. Music is one of my favorite things in the world, and I know he’ll have some interesting antedotes to share. 🙂

  4. Hi! I have numerous comments of praise for this book. I would really like to read it and enjoy it as well. Thanks for doing a great giveaway! I appreciate it. 🙂

  5. I’ve heard of this book, and it sounds very intriguing. I wish I’d seen your giveaway before it closed. 🙂 Thanks for the review!

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