Walk on: The Spiritual Journey of U2
This book really gave me some good insights into the band, their beliefs, and the real meaning of their music. I have a new appreciation for songs I've always liked. I want to go and read more and learn more about the band, and I want to go back and listen to CDs I've long since forgotten about, all a ...more
I was truly blown away by this book. I've been a casual U2 fan for years but never really knew much about them. I find myself fascinated and challenged about my faith and how changing the world is more than just idealistic. It's possible. And in fact, it's already happening. U2 is far more than a mere rock band. They are a group of men who struggle to make sense of this world and their lives and bring us along for the ride. Their discoveries/insights on not only "big" issues like terrorism, war,...more
I've been reading a lot about U2 lately, in preparation to write my own chapter about an aspect of the band. What I'm finding is that it doesn't take too much reading before you start reading in circles--the same stories, the same bits of interviews, the same song lyrics being explained in basically the same way. Certainly there is something to say about U2--and I hope what I'm planning to write will be a useful, new contribution--but it doesn't seem that there's a lot to write about U2. Once yo...more
I have always felt close to the music of U2. I have enjoyed listening to U2 since the band began some 35 years ago. I have never attended a U2 concert in person, but I have listened to U2 endlessly on the radio in my car, on television, online, on iTunes ... singing along loudly to my favorites (when no one else can hear, lucky for them, smiles). U2 has been interwoven into t ...more
The only problem I had was with some of the analyses. While the information was well written, the sections where Stockman examined individual ...more
Pretty well-written and -researched if one allows some latitude for fannishness. No one who doesn't like U2 will really care ...more
That being said, Stockman has some spot-on insights about how legalistic evangelical Christians are sometimes, and how creating an entertainment subculture has done just as much as harm as good. He also puts forward some excellent defenses of why it's okay to be a Christian ...more
Towards the end though, the book was mostly about Bono and his struggles with keeping his faith in a world where it doesn't seem to apply. This I don't mind, but it wasn't as engaging as the beginning of the book.
"One of the world's leading voices of faith and social activism also happens to be one of its biggest rock bands. The members drink, smoke and swear - yet a radical biblical agenda and faith fuel their life and work. Welcome to the dichotomy of U2." (back cover)
It was encouraging to read about the christian background to 3 of the 4 members of U2.
However, I would also warn people against viewing Bono, the Edge, Larry, & Adam as great theologians... or seeing them as great Christian examples, just because you like their music.
I'm a fan of U2 and this book takes a look at the surprisingly religious undertones to U2 and their songs. Loved it.