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Personal Jesus: How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls (Engaging Culture)

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Pop music is now an ever-present force shaping citizens in the West. Even at funerals, pop music is often requested over hymns. But how does popular music work? And what roles does it play for listeners who engage it? This new addition to the critically acclaimed Engaging Culture series explores the theological significance of the ways pop music is listened to and used tod ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Baker Academic (first published January 1st 2013)
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David Appelt
Very deep, very intelligent, very difficult writing.

This book has excellent thoughts and recommendations on how pop culture, particularly music, is replacing regular religion in the world today. It is a tough read, but largely useful information.
I received this book as an Advanced Reading copy from the publisher.

This book definitely reads like a text book and would be great for a supplement while taking courses about music, pop culture, or theology. I really appreciated that the book was not heavily influenced by one denomination, rather they focused on how the music we listen to can have different meanings based on our faith.

Pros: Great citing of sources, very knowledgeable, you can tell the authors are very enthusiastic about their re
I couldn't finish this one, and I ran out of renewals at the library. It was just too dry, the boring kind of academic approach that sucks the enjoyment out of a topic--even though the authors explicitly begin by saying they hope to avoid that. Good concept, boring execution.
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Clive Marsh (DPhil, University of Oxford) is senior lecturer and director of learning and teaching at the Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester, in Leicester, England. He is the author of many books, including Cinema and Sentiment: Film's Challenge to Theology and Theology Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Critical Christian Thinking.
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