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The Gospel Unplugged: Turning Up The Volume On Songs That Rock Your Soul
Author: Rich Wagner
Publisher: Baker Books
Pages: 265 

Music is everywhere. TV shows are using it so much that they are releasing their own soundtracks.  Rarely can one watch the news or do much of anything without hearing about the new hot song or the new gossip on the most popular artists.  Why is it so popular?  Author Rich Wagner believes that at least one of the reasons that music has become so popular is that it speaks to people in ways that few things do. He has even said that today's Christian music artists may have as much theological influence today as the hymn writers had on the people of their day through the Biblical truths expressed in their songs. 

 In The Gospel Unplugged Wagner examines 25 songs by popular artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Switchfoot, and Jars of Clay looking at what they tell us about God and the Christian walk. The book is divided into five different sections.  The first part of the book explores songs that reveal something about God's amazing love. The second part of the book explores songs that reveal something about the freedom and identity through Jesus Christ.  The third part of the book explores songs that dive into the meaning of life for Christians.  The fourth part of the book explores songs that confront tough issues that Christians face living out their faith.  The fifth part of the book explores songs that focus on how Christians can keep their eyes on Jesus in this complex, modern world.  Wagner closes out each chapter with a box of "Action Steps" that provides specific challenges to help readers live out the truths of the songs in the chapter.  The author also closes out each chapter with a "Digging Deeper" box which provides pertinent Bible verses, books, and films to further reference the theme of the chapter. 

It would be fairly easy to make the theological discussions too technical and hard to follow but Wagner, who also wrote _Christian Prayer for Dummies_ manages to keep everything understandable for the average reader.  He does a great job of taking the lyrics from some of CCM's recently popular songs and showing the theology behind their lyrics. 

If you are the type of person who just wants to read a book for entertainment then, this is not the book for you. If you are the type of person who just wants to listen to music for entertainment then, this is not the book for you.  Wagner has written a book that will make the reader think.  It is quite likely that after this book readers will focus more on the lyrics of their favorite songs and what they tell us about the Christian faith and walk.

Burton Wray 1/3/06


 
 

 

 
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