The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions
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In an effort to explain to my inquisitive four-year-old why saying "God is light" doesn't mean God is, in fact, the moon, I put my English degree to good use describing how metaphors use ideas we already understand to illuminate more complicated concepts.
That's exactly what Knox McCoy does in The Wondering Years. In a voice that is humorous, heartwarming, and perceptive, Knox shares pop culture anecdotes and analo ...more
I wanted to give this a higher rating but I just didn't love it. I appreciate McCoy's vulnerability throughout; however, a lot of the pop culture correlations just fell flat. The connection wasn ...more
As a Southern Baptist born and raised, introvert by nature, and INTJ/Enneagram 5, I found many elements of this book to be 1) hilarious and 2) reflective of my own experiences.
I spent my childhood and adolescence on mission trips, at VBS weeks, attending Teamkid and youth group, and going to church camp (often twice) every summer. My faith life was very easy until it wasn’t, and in college when I started to experience moments of doub ...more
Most of it felt like the author was using his beliefs as an excuse to make as many pop culture references as humanly possible, not the other way around. And I wanted a book that was the other way around. Each chapter ended on a very tenuous connection to some deeper issue of faith, but always in a way that made me sc ...more
PS: you can definitely tell this was written by an enneagram 5!
After finishing this book, I had to step back and assess whether Knox McCoy and I are actually the same person. Was my life the plot of Mr. Robot, just with (slightly) less existential dread and more teen TV dramas? While I may never know if I've actually been a popular podcaster and talented writer my entire life, I do know that this book is simultaneously the most entertaining and thought provoking piece of literature I've read in a long time.
The Wondering Years is a refreshingly vulnerable...more
* - Pop culture
** - "No Thanks" section in the Acknowledgements
*** - Scripts
**** - Footnotes
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I listen to the author's podcast (The Popcast w/ Knox & Jamie) every week, and had been looking forward to reading this book. There were a lot of footnotes with funny asides. As McCoy has a background in screen-writing, he put that skill set to use by interspersing "scenes" throughout the chapters. My one disappointment was that the connections he made ...more
I am a big fan of the author's podcast The Popcast with Knox and Jamie. This is a bit of a spiritual memoir with a lot of humor and pop culture. I really enjoyed it. I loved the snarkiness of many aspects of Evangelical culture and appreciated how different things in popular culture helped Knox grasp the "big picture ideas" in Christianity. This felt like grabbing coffee with a friend. ...more
As a long time listener of the Popcast with Knox and Jamie, I was eager to read Knox's book, The Wondering Years. I was not disappointed by his memoir. He's equal parts humorous and introspective. The Wondering Years is about the intersection of faith and pop culture. Knox grew up Evangelical in the South. He makes a compelling case about how his touchstones for pop culture taught him nuance somehow filling in the gaps in his faith formation. ...more
I found his ponderings on Christianity really interesting. So much of his Evangelical church upbringing felt very similar to my Mormon upbringing, and it was fun to compare. His teenage missionary attempts were so good/bad/ ...more