The first comprehensive analysis of the biblical and theological themes in Bruce Springsteen's music.
A vibrant biography of one of the greatest rock 'n' rollers, the America that made him, and the America he made. This smart, incisive biography traces Bruce Springsteen’s evolution from a young artist who wasn’t sure what he wanted to say to an acclaimed musician with a distinctive vision for a better society. Brilliantly analyzing and evoking Springsteen’s output, Marc Dolan unveils the pulsing heart of his music: its deep personal, political, and cultural resonances, which enabled Springsteen to reflect on his experiences as well as the world around him. The book is now updated with a new chapter on The Promise, Wrecking Ball, and the 2012 tour.
Heart of Darkness
Author: David Burke
Publisher: Cherry Red Books
In January 1982, Bruce Springsteen, then 32 and an established star, recorded a set of demos in his New Jersey bedroom for what was intended to be his follow up to 'The River', a double album issued in 1980 which had reached the top of the US Billboard. Almost thirty years later, 'Nebraska' is considered a classic, not only amongst Springsteen's canon but amongst the entire body of work recorded during the 20th century. In Heart Of Darkness, David Burke explores the album from a multitude of angles.
Reading the Boss
Author: Roxanne Harde, Irwin Howard Streight
"It is no longer surprising to see scholars devote themselves to the significance of Bruce Springsteen, whether as a performer, a poet, or a global cultural symbol. But it is indeed a pleasure to find the quality of such investigations so consistently impressive, probing, and often eloquent. This is a collection worthy of its subject. I know of no higher praise."ùEric Alterman, distinguished professor at Brooklyn College and author of It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen "This collection focuses explicitly on Bruce Springsteen's literary connectionsùto the authors Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and John Steinbeck (among others)ùand to the tensions in his songcraft, whether of rebellion and rootedness, or gender and blue-collar ethnic masculinity. In contrast to a discourse often filled with praise-song, these essays instead hone in on the artistic elements Springsteen wields to create moments of redemption for his everyday, alienated, working-class characters."ùJoel Dinerstein, associate professor in the Department of English at Tulane University Reading the Boss: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen, edited by Roxanne Harde and Irwin Streight, draws together close readings of Bruce Springsteen's lyrics by scholars across a range of academic disciplines. The editors first make a compelling comparison between Bruce Springsteen and William Shakespeare, carefully building the argument that both men offer profound insight into the hungry human heart. Springsteen, they argue, uses many Shakespearean themes such as the ties of blood and friendship, commitment to country and community, the monsters of lust and jealousy, vanity and power, and the hopeful pursuit of real love. These themes lift his music beyond stories of characters casing the Promised Land of America to universal matters of the heart's truth wherever it is found. The twelve chapters of Reading the Boss, written by established and emerging scholars, engage readers both critically and enthusiastically with central issues in Bruce SpringsteenÆs writing,. as they read his explorations of gender place religion, philosophy, and other literary texts, notably the works of Walker Percy and Flannery O'Connor. Driven by arguments grounded in a wide variety of theoretical and critical positions, these essays offer a comprehensive and accessible discussion of Springsteen's oeuvre from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. to Working on a Dream-that will appeal to both specialist readers and Springsteen tans alike Roxanne Harde is associate professor of English at the University of Alberta. Irwin Streight is associate professor of English at the Royal Military College of Canada.
Bruce Springsteens music and performances have provided an emotional outlet for thousands of fans all over the world. Drawing from participant observation, the statements of Springsteen fans, and the life and music of Springsteen, Randalls ethnographic treatment documents the ways in which fans are inspired to create a global cultural community. This community functions as a social network, offering emotional support, spirituality, and the motivation for doing good works. Randall discovers that the sensitivities and values Springsteen instills in his fans are as alive and valid as those experienced by adherents of widely recognized spiritual traditions. Her in-depth examination of the thoughts and actions of these fans reveals that embracing nontraditional spiritual values can engender multifaceted feelings, including trust, hope, and respect for humankind. By acknowledging that a personal spiritual connection can develop outside a sectarian landscape, an appreciation of and tolerance for different belief systems can be cultivated and nourished.
The Ragamuffin Gospel
Author: Brennan Manning
Previously published: Sisters, Or.: Multnomah Publishers, c2000.
A Grace Disguised
Author: Gerald Lawson Sittser, Jerry L. Sittser
"The experience of loss does not have to be the defining moment of our lives", writes Gerald Sittser. "Instead, the defining moment can be our response to the loss. It is not what happens to us that matters so much as what happens in us". Sittser knows. A tragic accident introduced him to loss of a magnitude few of us encounter. But this is not a book about one man's sorrow. It's about the grace that can transform us in the midst of sorrow. For those experiencing loss, A Grace Disguised offers a compassionate, deeply affirming message of hope, richness in living, and joy not after the darkness, but even in the midst of it. Now in softcover.
In Hope Sings, So Beautiful, award-winning author Christopher Pramuk offers a mosaic of images and sketches for thinking and praying through difficult questions about race. The reader will encounter the perspectives of artists, poets, and theologians from many different ethnic and racial communities. This richly illustrated book is not primarily sociological or ethnographic in approach. Rather, its horizon is shaped by questions of theology, spirituality, and pastoral practice. Pramuk's challenging work on this difficult topic will stimulate fruitful conversations and fresh thinking, whether in private study or prayer; in classrooms, churches, and reading groups; or among friends and family around the dinner tale.
The Dynamics of Grace
Author: Stephen J. Duffy
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
The doctrine of grace, concerning the healing, freeing, and empowering presence of the Spirit in human life, is central in Christianity. This readable, yet in-depth, historical and interpretive study retraces the long trajectory of the theology of grace as thinkers grappled with the mystery that envelops the interplay between God's life with us and our common life together. Retrieving the rich symbols of the Christian past and reinterpreting them within their own cultural context, theologians in different eras shaped the development of a Christian anthropology that plays upon all the registers of the greatness and misery of the human condition. The presuppositions, questions, and benchmark anthropologies of early Christianity, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Trent, and Rahner are critically analyzed in light of recent historical studies and in light of a new climate of ecumenical convergence. The exploration ends by probing the anthropology of contemporary liberation theologies that mark another turning point in the tradition by breaking grace out of the realm of privacy and into the sociopolitical arena.
Eyes Wide Open
Author: William D. Romanowski
Publisher: Brazos Press
Grounded in Christian principles, this accessible and engaging book offers an informed and fascinating approach to popular culture. William D. Romanowski provides affectionate yet astute analysis of familiar, well-loved movies and television characters from Indiana Jones to Homer Simpson, and he speaks with historical depth and expertise on films from Casablanca to Crash and music from Bruce Springsteen to U2. Romanowski's confessional approach affirms a role for popular culture in faithful living. Practical, analytical approaches to content, meaning, and artistic style offer the tools to participate responsibly and imaginatively in popular cultural activities. An engaging read, this new edition introduces students and thoughtful readers to popular culture--one of the most influential forces in contemporary society.
Author: Patti Smith
Publisher: A&C Black
National Book Award-winner Patti Smith revisits her early years in this glittering memoir.
General Bible Knowledge
Author: Bishop Willie J. Duncan Ph.D.
Item One: Bishop W. J. Duncan holds a Doctorate from Northwest University, of London England. Item Two: Bishop W. J. Duncan holds a Doctorate from London Bible College of Applied Science & Arts, London, England. Item Three: Bishop W. J. Duncan holds a Doctorate from Grace Bible College of Niles, Ohio. Item Four: Bishop W. J. Duncan holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, from the International Bible College of Grace and Truth. Richmond, Indiana Bishop W. J. Duncan is a Registered Author having written several Books such as: General Bible Knowledge Textbook The Study Textbook on Typology The Fundamental Doctrines of Salvation Textbook The Twelve Mysteries of God Textbook The Introduction to Hermeneutics Textbook The Power of Religion The Syntax and Mold of Bible Prophecy The Seven Aspects of the Church Hermeneutics on Salvation The Mystery of the Godhead The Aspects of Prayer Abba Father The Judgment in the House of God The Rapture of the Church Hermeneutics of The Bible Textbook Homiletics (the art of Preaching) Biblical Perspectives (Third Year Volume) The Synodical Subjects in the World Forum The First Historic Calendar What About Same Sex Marriage/Another Look At Religion Bishop W. J. Duncan is the author of over Seven hundred volumes of Audio Tapes, CDs, and DVDs. This is equal to continuous-lectures that would take three months and five days of continuous listening without taking a break for 24/7 on different subjects, quoting scripture 90 percent of the time; and He has taught many clock hours on every book of the Bible in the subject of Hermeneutics. He is the designer of Several Bible Charts such as: The Twelve Mysteries of God The Threefold Manifestation of The Godhead The History of the Middle East The Development of the Christian Church through the Ages The Times of The Gentiles God’s Equation The Biblical Millenniums The Creation of The Worlds The Names of God General Bible Knowledge Chart The Seven Aspects of the Church The Seven Son ships of Christ What is the Foundation of Your Religion? One God Manifested as Father, Son, And Holy Ghost
Author: R. C. Sproul
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
R.C. Sproul has undertaken to make Reformed theology clear and comprehensible to the general reader, focusing on its most fundamental doctrines and locating their source in Scripture. At the heart of Reformed theology, Sproul finds true grace.
"For many people the word theology suggests seminary-educated scholars who sit in ivory towers, isolated from the real world, studying the Bible. Such study is often viewed as esoteric and unrelated to the world where men and women live, work, play, raise families, and struggle with the realities of day-to-day life. Nothing could be further from the truth." ---Tony Evans What we think about God, also known as theology, influences what we believe, do, and say. And what we think, whether true or false, makes a big difference in real life. Tony Evans wants you to know the truth about God, so Theology You Can Count On communicates truths about God in language you can understand. He walks through what the Bible teaches, topic by topic, truth by truth. The great thing is, these truths aren't reserved for people with PhDs. They're for real life. They're for you.
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