Get Up Off Your Knees is a thoughtful and provocative collection of sermons by a group of preachers from across the international church spectrum who have been moved to theological reflection on the art and work of U2.
This book will appeal to fans of U2, students of homiletics, and everyone interested in the intersection of art, popular culture, and religion.
“Like a cross between a hermeneutical “˜capture the flag’ and a theological “˜Where’s Waldo?'”
“”The Chicago Sun-Times
“. . . they offer a welcome portrait of what’s possible when you have three chords and the truth.”
“”Books & Culture
“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if after you read a few of these sermons you’ll be hungrier for a more meaningful life.”
“”Scott Calhoun on @U2 (a fan website)
“What I want to holler is the great news that this book, these sermons inspired by the lyrics of U2, really is a fine collection. Get Up Off Your Knees simply cannot be summarized. Each sermon deserves its own critical and prayerful engagement.”
“”Byron Borger, Coalition for Christian Outreach
“. . . Whiteley, Maynard and company have created a book that could have been subtitled A Brief Look at Christianity for Novices. You might not know the theological jargon, but if you’re a U2 fan you probably have experienced the sorts of things these writers were taught about at their divinity schools.”
“”Angela Pancella, @U2.com (an on-line fan site, dedicated to U2)
“It will stretch you, inspire you, make you think””but perhaps most important, bring you to prayer in an active and engaged way. . . . Raewynne and Beth have put together a beautifully concise, but well argued rationale for meeting God in popular culture, and provided some ideas of how to go about helping us do it.”
“”Mary Hess, Luther Seminary
About the Authors
RAEWYNNE J. WHITELEY is vicar of Trinity Episcopal “Old Swedes” Church in Swedesboro, New Jersey. She is the author of many articles and published sermons.
BETH MAYNARD is a pastor and writer from Massachusetts. She has worked in parish ministry, university chaplaincy, and outreach to the homeless, and holds degrees from Amherst College, Boston University School of Theology, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Her other publications include the book Meditations for Lay Eucharistic Ministers and several sermons and articles.