Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2

One of the world’s leading voices of faith and social activism also happens to be one of its biggest rock bands.

The members drink, smoke and swear — yet a radical biblical agenda and faith fuel their life and work. Welcome to the dichotomy of U2.

This revised version of Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 picks up where the first edition left off — amid the cathartic atmosphere of the post-9/11 Elevation tour that ushered in the aggressive spirituality of 2005’s Vertigo tour. It explores the controversy surrounding the deep-rooted religious themes of the band’s music and the outspokenness of their lead singer, Bono. Moreover, it is a spiritual companion to their albums, exposing the real meaning behind many of their songs and performances.


From the group’s beginnings in Dublin’s Shalom Christian Fellowship to their arrival as the world’s greatest rock band, Walk On shines a spotlight on the very real struggles and triumphs of the band members’ Christian faith.

How has Bono transformed from a rock god to a key ambassador on the world stage?

Why is the Church that once shunned U2 now claiming them as its own?

More than two decades into worldwide success, have the boys from Ireland actually found what they’re looking for?

Join author Steve Stockman in pouring over more than 20 years of interviews, analysis and insight in an unparalleled quest to answer the burning questions everyone wants to know.

About the Author

Steve Stockman is a Presbyterian Chaplain at Queen’s University in Belfast. He is a regular speaker at universities, college conferences and festivals across the world, and he has his own radio show on BBC Radio Ulster. He is married to Janice and has two daughters, Caitlin and Jasmine.

Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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.

One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God


One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God
By Christian Scharen

Perhaps the most popular and influential rock group to espouse Christian ideals without getting sidelined as “Christian rock” is the Irish band U2.

Scharen (a Lutheran pastor and instructor of practical theology at Yale) points to the many biblical, theological and spiritual themes found in U2’s lyrics to explain why this band “matters to those seeking God.”

And he does so elegantly, offering the heartfelt and intelligent musings of a fan while also acknowledging the band’s wild and worldly bent.

He admits U2’s lyrics are multivalent, helping the band to attract both religious and nonreligious fans.

Scharen is most impressed with U2’s emphasis on “the theology of the cross,” a theology that accepts both doubts and faith while emphasizing the victory of God’s love over the reality of earthly powers.

“Despite worldly trappings of wealth and power, in U2 love does get a chance to speak,” says Scharen, who calls on Christians to ask themselves what is keeping U2’s “God-hungry” fans outside the church’s edges.

This book will no doubt appeal to the Christian who is a U2 fan, but its higher purpose is to bring the church and U2 fans from a variety of backgrounds closer together.
– Source: Publishers Weekly, as posted at Amazon.com