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The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption, from Asbury Park to Magic
Author: Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (June 16, 2008)
Paperback: 197 pages

First, I must admit to being a big-time Springsteen fan. I have also been interested in the intersection between faith and popular culture. I've always thought there was a spiritual side of many of Springsteen's songs. 

Symynkywicz's book takes the Boss's work album-by-album, almost song-by-song and evaluate it all from a spiritual perspective. There's a fair amount of lyrical analysis--some of it fairly obvious to anyone who's listened to Springsteen. But more than the analysis, Symynkywicz looks at the underlying religious implications of many the songs, including their references to scripture. The allusions are intriguing. Be prepared to the pull out your old albums as you read the book. This book is required for the serious fan.

Shari Lloyd



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