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.
CONGRATS TO TINA FOR WINNING A COPY OF THE BOOK!
*This book [and the giveaway] was [were] provided for review [and giveaway] by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*
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