Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life's Biggest Questions

The title of the book was intriguing enough for me to want to read it. Because in all honesty, more people (than I bet would ever admit it) rely on what they are shown in front of them to define the world around them. This is becoming truer than ever because of the instantness of everything we have. Therefore, pop culture serves more a role in how we see the world and ourselves in the world than we would like to admit. 
It is actually really funny because as soon as it starts, they have the typical "study" and the number, 1, next to the study within the introduction and it's hilarious because you go to the bottom of the page to see the notated reference, as maybe a book geek like me would, and it says "Not a real study but sounds like it, no?" This is an AWESOME way to set the tone in my honest opinion because we need to open up more to take things with a grain of salt. 

Omg, there are some funny notations and I LOVE this style of this book. He talks about how the introduction of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a classic show, of course, tells all about the story's origin in a few short minutes. But then notates something I never thought about, which is a "doh, why didn't I think about that?" That the taxicab ride from Philly to LA would have been almost 3,000 miles. That is one expensive cab ride! LOL

Omg, I love the way the author introduces himself. He is allergic to grass, shellfish and father of metaphors. That is awesome (and of course there was more in that introduction).  I find it cool that I am immediately like, "hey I am allergic to grass too" lol. It's definitely more "pop culture" natured kind of introduction than "I am Knox, the writer." 

I would say that his writing can be a little hard to follow sometimes but it's written in a more pop-culture kind of way. You have to imagine sitting and having a conversation with him. 

I have read somewhere that he has a podcast and have yet to listen to it as I just found out he has one, but presume he is writing exactly how he talks. Having been a DJ myself, I find the reading to be much of the same kind of pace and canture that you would find on the radio show itself. 
I laughed when he compared his faith to Mary Poppins' purse. 
This is definitely written to catch people who are the 1980s and 1990s kids-- because every reference is spot on and well done. 

I can see this being a fun coffee table book reading, or someone who needs a lighter humoured book that addresses faith as well as some of the stereotypes. 
For this reason, I give this book a 4.5 out of 5. When I read this, I love that it breaks the stereotypes of what faith stories are suppose to look like. I wish however that there was a little more added to it. I can't quite put my finger on it-- But I do really like this book and it's a fun refreshing read! 

Book Description

Yes, you can love God and binge Netflix!
Podcaster Knox McCoy, co-host of The Popcast with Knox and Jamie, tells hilarious stories about how pop culture helped him answer life’s biggest questions in his debut book, The Wondering Years. Through books, television, music and movies, Knox found many of the answers he was searching for about God and why we’re all here.
When you hear the phrase pop culture, you likely think reality television, boy bands or Real Housewives of various cities. While these are elements of popular culture, they aren’t all it has to offer. Pop culture may not cure diseases or make scientific breakthroughs, but it does play a vital role in the story of humanity.
From the first time he was punched in the face to saving dog souls as a canine evangelist, Knox reflects on how pop culture has helped shape his life and carve out the foundation of his faith. While the three cultural tentpoles—the South, the Church, and Sports—defined many aspects of his East Tennessee upbringing, it was pop culture that influenced Knox and his sense of the world at large.

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