Somehow, it’s hard to picture pop culture and Christianity going hand-in-hand, but maybe we simply aren’t looking at things the right way. All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture reveals places where readers may be surprised to find redeeming values and gospel messages in today’s movies, music, popular TV shows, and much more!
When you look closely, past the outrageous outfits and the antics of teen pop-sensations, it’s easy to see that from the big screen to the small screen and right down to the radio waves, God and His stories are still prevalent in pop culture today. There are movies and television shows that speak eternal truth, reality show families who represent believers well, even fictional Christians portrayed in a positive light. And if you listen closely, musicians are still conversing with God as the original songwriters of the Bible did. For the reader searching for meaning in media today, All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture is the perfect choice.
- Fun Bible-based facts and trivia questions
- Examples of biblical messages from current TV shows, films, and pop songs
- A casual and engaging resource
*My review: Often times, secular works on television, in music or in movies are dismissed as having no spiritual value whatsoever. I’ve always believed that spiritual truths can be pulled from almost any source. Kevin Harvey’s view on Pop Culture is very similar to mine. While most of what you’ll find on television or the radio isn’t intended to point us to God, we can definitely find biblical themes running through so much of what is popular today. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve watched a television show or movie, or heard the lyrics to a song, and found some deep truth in them. This book points out many areas where we can find spiritual truths. From comic book heroes, to reality television, there is some redeeming quality to be pulled from all of these works.
And, if nothing else, it can’t be denied that those who work in the industry possess God-given talents. They may not always intend to use them to glorify God, but God can use anyone and anything to glorify him.
The bottom line is, Christians shouldn’t dismiss pop culture as irrelevant to the Christian walk or too secular to be enjoyed. Being knowledgeable about pop culture and having at least some exposure to it, can open up many opportunities for discussion with non-believers, as well as deeper theological discussions than one would think even among seasoned Christians.
I love this book and I love Kevin Harvey’s perspective on pop culture, his biblical point of view and his respect for the talents that the industry possesses. Definitely a recommended read.
*This book was provided free of charge by BookLook Bloggers/Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
Kevin Harvey has spent the last 12 years as an editor and writer in Christian publishing, but has spent much longer than that immersing himself in pop culture, especially during the summer movie season. He self-published his first book, Jonah, John, and the Second Greatest (but Most Avoided) Commandment, in 2010. Copies can be found on Amazon, as well as in his attic. Kevin and his wife, Amy, have two children and live in the small town of Wake Forest, North Carolina.