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Overview This revised and expanded version tackles the issues and questions everyone desires to know about the world's most popular rock band, from its early days in Dublin's Shalom Christian Fellowship all the way to its most recent album and world tour.
Publishers Description This revised and expanded version of Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 tackles the issues and questions everyone desires to know about the world's most popular rock band. Throughout Walk On, Steve Stockman follows the band from their early days in Dublin's Shalom Christian Fellowship all the way to their most recent album and world tour. Fortunately, Bono has never been more outspoken about his faith and the Church than he has in the past few years. From his involvement with fighting AIDS in Africa through the DATA organization to his quoting Psalms from the Superbowl stage, Bono is doing God's work in a very public and very vocal way.
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Studio: Relevant Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.86 lbs.
Release Date Jun 28, 2005
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 0976035758 ISBN13 9780976035756
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More About Steve Stockman
Steve Stockman is a director, producer, and writer of films, television shows, and commercials. He made the feature film "Two Weeks" (2007) starring Sally Field, Ben Chaplin, and Tom Cavanagh. Every summer he mentors aspiring filmmakers and teaches video-making at Summer Stars Camp. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.
Steve Stockman currently resides in Belfast. Steve Stockman was born in 1950.
Reviews - What do customers think about Walk On: The Spiritual Journey Of U2?
A great tribute to the life and ministry of U2 Jan 9, 2007
I have enjoyed this book immensely. Stockman does a great job of walking you through the development of Bono and the band and really giving the spiritual backdrop and development that the band went through via the different phases of their musical progression. He also offers thought provoking insight throughout about the tension between U2 and the established church and how each of them really lines up with the call of Christ. This book will stretch you in your own evaluation of where you are in your faith journey.
Are you looking for meaningful music? Mar 22, 2006
I knew before I read the book that U2's music finds inspiration from the spiritual. I didn't realize how much they borrow from Biblical scripture and many other facets of the Christian walk. 'Walk on' and many other songs that you have heard will have new meaning once you read this book about U2.
Move Spirit Move Me, Move Spirit Teach Me...Move with It... Feb 25, 2006
This is one of the best books I have ever read about U2's lyrics and the theological perspectives there in. Steve Stockman leads the reader into a deeper awareness of U2's lyrics, and gives you the biblical verses that help to translate these U2 lyrics.
This book is a moving experience-- and makes one appreciate the deep, spiritual side of U2's music. Like the song Mysterious Ways-- I say this: "Move Spirit Move Me..."
I highly recommend this book to any U2 fan or anyone who enjoys spiritual enlightenment.
Love and Peace or Else, The BoNo FReaK (-; St. Charles, MO
A good starting place Feb 12, 2006
I am not one to read books about rock bands, even ones as influential as U2. But after seeing them in concert, and reading some things about them on the Christianity Today website, I was intrigued.
This book really gave me some good insights into the band, their beliefs, and the real meaning of their music. I have a new appreciation for songs I've always liked. I want to go and read more and learn more about the band, and I want to go back and listen to CDs I've long since forgotten about, all as a resulf of this book. Really, that is the ultimate compliment I can give the writer.
So why only 3 stars? Well, a few things... first, the book seemed a bit shallow. Why not show me actual lyrics in detail? Why not go further into scripture and analysis of that scripture? There just wasn't quite enough insight there to make me think enough that I have to read the book again to pick up something I may have missed. It bothered me that it seemed so obvious that the author has never sat down and talked to Bono or the other band members, yet he tried to manufacture a personal familiarity that he obviously doesn't have. I'm referring to things like referring to the band as 'the guys,' like they meet at the pub for a pint once a month. I know that may seem picky, but it really pulled me out of the book at times.
Generally, the book was good... I learned a few things, and I'm inspired to research the subject more and read other, more detailed books about U2. So this is a good place to start for anyone who is interested in U2, Christianity, or both topics.
If you want to know about Bono/U2's sprituality, listen to what THEY have to say... Dec 8, 2005
It's evident from this book that Stockman has never spoken one-on-one with Bono (and if I'm wrong, that makes the book even worse in my opinion). If you're going to write a commentary on someone else's sprituality, please at least get to KNOW the person! Besides some loose descriptions of things U2 has done that have any relation to Christianity or spirituality, the book is nothing but a) assertions about the religious themes in Bono's lyrics that are too obvious to even be worth commenting on and b) inferences based on his own opinion of Bono and not any primary knowledge of what Bono's lyrics truly mean.
The sources Stockman's pulling from are things most big U2 fans are already familiar with (and we're also familiar with their level of credibility). In fact, I think most big U2 fans could come up with more accurate inferences of Bono's lyrics.
If you are truly interested in U2/Bono's sprituality, as a Christian and huge U2 fan, I highly recommend the following:
Bono In Conversation (w/ Michka Assayas) U2: At the End of the World (Bill Flannagan) Bono: The Rolling Stone Interview (w/ Jann S. Wenner, RS986, Nov 3, 2005)