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Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die: Or the Eschatology of Bluegrass [Paperback]

By David Crowder (Author) & Mike Hogan (Author)
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Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die: Or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass)
The conflict between the here and now and the ever after is a familiar one. Death and life are forever intertwined, as a life lived to the fullest includes pain and grief. Even more, it requires dying to self, which frees one to experience a greater joy: community. Thus explains best- selling recording artist David Crowder as he explores the complex relationship between life, death, grief and community. Drawing from personal experience, Christian theology, the science of pain and the "high, lonesome sound" of bluegrass music, Crowder applies his often hilarious voice to an inspiring message?death is not the ultimate calamity ... it is just the beginning.

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Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. Why? In an honest, profound look at the connection between death, the soul, and bluegrass music---that's right, bluegrass music---best-selling musician David Crowder comes to terms with a Savior who understands suffering and a God who grieves. From exploring the death of the soul in mainstream culture to uncovering slave spirituals in the DNA of bluegrass, Crowder discovers that grief is one of the truest ways to follow Jesus---and realizes that death is not the ultimate calamity.

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Studio: Relevant Books
Pages   261
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2006
Publisher   CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN  0977748006  
ISBN13  9780977748006  

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More About David Crowder & Mike Hogan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Crowder is the pastor of music and arts at University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Toni. A talented musician and worship leader, he has released three CDs on the sixstepsrecords/EMICMG label. This is his first book.

David Crowder currently resides in Waco.

David Crowder has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Experiencing God

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Good!  Mar 8, 2007
i enjoyed this book, especially the im conversations. the columns disturbed me, i don't know why, i just found myself dreading reading them. the eschatology of bluegrass was interesting, but i would have loved more of the im's. overall, a good book, but praise habit is my fave by far.
Laughed, cried, thought....  Feb 12, 2007
As is usual with any conversation involving David Crowder and crew, this book made me laugh and made me think.

Kyle Lake's shocking death and the exploration of beliefs about what happens after we die are the backbones of the book, and authors' genuine expressions of doubt, grief, pain, and eventually hope are well worth pondering.

The format is innovative with IM conversations, regular chapters, and ongoing stories in between each section which I enjoyed most when I read them all at once at the end. It's a quick read, but one that stays with the reader and one that I'll turn to again when circumstances dictate.

Thanks, Dave and Mike, for a thoughtful, intense job well done.
Grief and Bluegrass  Feb 12, 2007
This book was written by the the eponymous member of a certain rock band and his fiddler compatriot in same said band. It is largely about grief, dealing with loss, and a smattering of Bluegrass music history interspersed. The premise behind including the music history portion is that Bluegrass has an implicit understanding of grief. Crowder and
Hogan have personally experienced tremendous loss in their lives with multiple family members and close friends passing into the sweet by and by. The book is partially an account of them working through their grief over the loss of their friend Kyle Lake, former pastor of University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

In typical Crowder fashion, elements of humor are strewn through out the book making a serious subject more readable.

As only God could orchestrate, their music album "A Collision" contained many elements within it dealing with death, the Christian response to it, and ultimate victory over it. This album was recorded and released several months prior to Kyle's electrocution in the baptistery. It ended up ministering as much to them as it did to their audiences.

The format of the book takes a bit of getting used to. It incorporates traditional prose but also a short story listed in 3 parallel parts as well as IM conversations and various illustrated examples. At times, the flow of the book can feel disjointed but the end result seems to be an effective presentation of how we deal with grief and the application of Bluegrass.
A book that acheives what it describes  Feb 12, 2007
Crowder and Hogan set out to explain different ideas about grief and grieving in this book, how that relates to musical composition, especially bluegrass, and what it means to us today. In the meantime, they share their own grief over the deaths of many people, go about the business of mourning, talk about what it means to them as current musicians (and as bluegrass folk), and what that means to them individually. Thus, it is secretly post-modern.

I have to give love to any book that is so chock full of pop-culture references (especially a shout out to the very fun but hard to work into conversation term 'magical realism') that I can't help but like it, but I do have a few issues with this book.

Firstly, I am Catholic, and I felt pretty uncomfortable with some of the ways Crowder and Hogan approach and describe Catholic beliefs about the soul and afterlife. I understand that neither is Catholic and thus it is hard for them to get inside the tradition, but their overly simplistic write-off of the entire Protestant Reformation does not inspire great confidence. I think they would've been better off not to add their editorial comments there.

Secondly, while I really don't mind the use of Wikipedia, which is nothing if not pluralistic, I dislike that so many of the citations come from only two or three books. I get it. You read those three books and liked them. However, there are so many other books, other points of view, etc, that if you're setting this book up as something other than your own views and opinions, it's necessary to have wider references. I felt like it was a mix of trying to be academic, but not quite. Like a really crappily researched term paper, when you could've just skipped the research and done a creative paper instead.

Those critiques aside, I think the best part of the book is Hogan and Crowder's very real (in emotion if not literal-ness) IM conversations scattered throughout the book that spell out the emotions and issues they dealt with in their own grieving in life. These conversations dispell some of the fears mourning people often have that their thoughts are either inappropriate, unseemly, or just wrong and disrespectful. Crowder and Hogan attempt to show that grieving is a weird unique thing and it's necessary to grieve the way we grieve.

So I liked it, with reservations.
Mmmmmm...I chewed on this book for a while  Feb 5, 2007
This book has so many rich nuggets of beauty that I would recommend everyone read this book sometime before they die. I was captivated by the honesty of Crowder and Hogan's message. Because of the grief faced in the presence of Kyle Lake's death, much of the book is simply them asking and wondering and seeking and crying for answers to understand why. And isn't that life. Don't we all, despite intelligence, culture, socioeconomic status, etc., wonder and engage in conversations involving the reality of death? So, in light of our human situation, I found this book to be reassuring and comforting knowing that I am not the only one crying and seeking answers to the questions of death. Write on Mr. Crowder and Mr. Hogan! May God bless your future endeavors and careers.

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