Book Review:: Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

18 Feb

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!


No Responses to “Book Review:: Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner”

  1. Jon Uchacz February 18, 2010 at 1:51 AM #

    I would really enjoy a copy of this book. I have been waiting to get my hands on a copy to read and share with the member on my staff.

    I will be tweeting (@jonuchacz) after posting this comment with the tweet: @JesusNeedsNewPR is my hero and I want to win a free copy of his book! *link to this blog*


  2. Marci February 18, 2010 at 9:29 AM #

    This sounds like a good book. Count me in!

  3. greg February 18, 2010 at 4:26 PM #

    sounds good. I’ll have to check it out.

  4. 1in150 February 18, 2010 at 4:43 PM #

    I would love to win the book!!!

  5. 1in150 February 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM #

    I retweeted too! @jojosfire

  6. Shari February 18, 2010 at 7:35 PM #

    I’d love to read this book 😀 Count me in!

  7. Sneetch February 19, 2010 at 1:37 PM #

    Sounds like a similar life experience to my own. Worth a read.

  8. Evangeline Denmark February 19, 2010 at 1:38 PM #

    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.

  9. Diana February 19, 2010 at 1:43 PM #

    Heard a lot of great things about this book…soooo want to read it! Pick Me, Pick me *raises hand 🙂

  10. Tamara Immler February 20, 2010 at 4:29 PM #

    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!

  11. Donna Patterson February 20, 2010 at 4:38 PM #

    Pick me! Pick me!

  12. Fabiola Sanchez February 21, 2010 at 9:15 PM #

    I definitely want a copy of this book!

  13. Sogni e Sorrisi February 23, 2010 at 3:53 PM #

    Very cool! Sounds like a great book.

  14. stephanie rutledge February 23, 2010 at 4:34 PM #

    this book sounds awesome I would LOVE to read it!

  15. groovitude February 23, 2010 at 9:35 PM #

    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. 🙂

  16. DEBIJOT February 23, 2010 at 9:59 PM #

    Would love to read. Thanks

  17. Connie Bryant February 24, 2010 at 5:29 PM #

    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. 🙂

  18. Jane Aller February 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM #

    i would love to win
    thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Dylan Aller February 24, 2010 at 9:47 PM #

    i hope win

  20. Megan February 25, 2010 at 7:03 PM #

    I’d love to win a copy of Hear No Evil! I enjoyed your review of the book as well. (:

  21. jess d February 26, 2010 at 12:02 AM #

    heard some great things, would love it! thanks for the chance!

  22. Amy February 26, 2010 at 5:10 PM #

    CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! But you can continue to comment on my review! 🙂

  23. Melissa March 3, 2010 at 8:32 AM #

    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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