Five Quotes from “Hear No Evil”

Here are 5 of my favorite quotes from Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost by Matthew Paul Turner. Read my review of the book here.

So many of us Christians are all about being vulnerable, especially when we’re on stage, dressed up in costume and wearing makeup (p 11).

The cool Christians, the ones who wore flip-flop, played acoustic guitars, and stole song ideas from U2 albums really seemed infatuated with John Calvin (p 125).

Timing seemed the main problem for Christians who came to Nashville to be faith-versions of pop stars.  By the time God started listening to a particular artist and decided he might like to have his name associated with a particular sound, it was about four years too late (p 150).

As four well-intentioned crazy people asked God to heal me of my stomach woes in the middle of T.G.I. Friday’s — which seemed a little like asking God to take away sex addiction while standing in a strip club — I tried to have faith (p. 165).

Everyone in the congregation was supposed to close their eyes during an altar call…It was difficult for me to close my eyes for long periods of time at that age.  Partly because I got bored looking at the back of my eyelids, but mostly because I like knowing which people in our church needed prayer and which ones didn’t.  Plus, when one of my friends walked forward to follow the Lord in believers’ baptism, I like looking for opportunities to wave at them (pp 15-16).