Tuesday, April 14, 2015

All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture - BookReview

Like those four heroes of the Bible, would you dare to join me in learning more of the art of our time and see what God can do through us?

This is the question the author of All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture invites his reader to ponder. Kevin Harvey structures his book in eight chapters, each dealing with a major theme in pop culture. Starting from Superman’s (which of course stands for Savior, actually!), going through movies and TV series (oh, how I loved the Lost chapter!), the music that is so popular nowadays, and even the things we say that have been used in the Bible, Harvey shows his readers that there is something worth paying attention to in pop culture.

The message of the book is this: pop culture offers just a glimpse, an idea of what people really need. Pop culture can only go that far in offering people what they lack – God. The other half is met by the Bible, the true, living Word of God. By looking at all the pop culture influences of these times in people’s lives, and implicitly in the believer's life, the author argues that the need for love and for salvation are deeply rooted in every human being, but we might be looking for the source of joyful life in all the bad places. As he put it: Pop culture is oftentimes quite successful at providing for us the half that recognizes our brokenness. The half that admits our need for love, for purpose. The half that tells us we need redemption, someone or something to save us.

I won’t lie – I have been very skeptical about this book. At times I felt the author to be too liberal in his thinking, too impertinently bold in his jokes. Despite all these, I could see his point, and I sure appreciated the research he’s been doing in proving this point. I absolutely loved the puns he made, the „inside jokes”, so to say regarding pop culture, and the references to the Biblical people. At times, yes, I felt lost because I know not of all these pop culture references, but all in all, I got the idea and the message. It’s a book I’ve enjoyed reading and I recommend it to anyone who wants to know what could God and pop culture ever have in common in this era. 

Throughout the book the author kept coming back to the same idea – God loves people and He is their biggest fan. One of my favourite passages in the book is this one, and sums up perfectly the desires of our hearts – to be loved: ...everyone is uniquely created by a God who cares recklessly and without abandon for them. He would be the first to follow them on Twitter, as well as their first friend on Facebook, and he would even keep checking back on their long-abandoned MySpace pages to see if they had finally been updated. God cares about every intricate detail of our lives, and he has gone out of his way to let us know that.

For those interested in keeping in touch with the author, he can be found on twitter @GodFamilyNoles. The book’s page is www.bibleinpopculture.com

I received this copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

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