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 arent all it has to offer. Pop culture may not cure diseases, topple political regimes, or make scientific breakthroughs, but it does play a vital role in the story of humanity.In fact, its pretty hard to...
|Title||:||The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions Reviews
Knox McCoy must be about the same age as I am, because we have almost all the same pop-culture touchstones (minus, for me, most of the sports references) although I have not kept up with his pace of pop-culture consumption. He grew up in the South so his early faith framework is familiar but certainly more rigid than what I grew up with. Nonetheless, I related strongly to his childhood perspectives. This book definitely made me laugh out loud (That dog-conversion chapter? Golden) and there were ...more
Knox is a part of a Podcast called the Popcast. Their motto is: we educate you on the things that do not matter. In this book, Knox did the exact opposite. He educated us on the things that do matter - with a little bit on the things that don't. As a enneagram 4wing5, and married to an enneagram 5 - reading this book felt very much at home, and a creepily clear glimpse into conversations I have with my husband. There were many times I would poke my husband, make him stop watching his 'learn to c ...more
The Wondering Years
How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions
by Knox McCoy
Thomas Nelson--W Publishing
Pub Date 13 Nov 2018
I am reviewing a copy of The Wondering Years through Thomas Nelson -W Publishing and Netgalley:
In this book we are reminded that though Pop Culture won't cure diseases, topple political regimes or make scientific breakthroughs but it does play a vital role in the story of humanity.
It is in fact pretty hard to define the human experience wit ...more
At first I was less than impressed. After all, I am a huge Popcast fan and it almost felt like Knox was just throwing around a ton of words and not saying much of anything. But the more I got into it, the deeper it got and Knox’s transparency is greatly appreciated. He admits what we all know about ourselves—we don’t have it all together. But God is so much bigger than that. Well done Knox!
PS: you can definitely tell this was written by an enneagram 5!
I have been a fan of Knox McCoy for awhile now as a devoted listener of both of his podcasts, but this book...I just...I mean...[insert 😂👍🏻🤩🙌🏻🌈🔥🍕🥇💰😍]. I laughed. At one part I shot Red Bull out of my actual nose (it was worth the pain). I also wondered and reflected and perhaps at times shouted “Amen” to his apt descriptions of the Christian subculture that I am both loyal to and critical of. Even his acknowledgements were dope. Like I laughed during them. That is true artistic talent (note to r ...more
I laughed hard and it got me thinking about God in some new ways. I can't recommend it enough, if you enjoy pop culture at all, you'll love this book.
This book combined some of my favorite things - faith, pop culture, childhood nostalgia, sarcasm and storytelling. The author does a great job weaving in personal stories while sprinkling in references about some old favorites like Pee Wee Herman, He-Man, the Simpsons, Family Matters and more! How he manages to make me smile, laugh, and cry all in one chapter is mind boggling, but it happened time and time again. He weaves together metaphors that build into full-blown life lessons, and I love a ...more
Honest, spiritual memoirs are one of my favorite genres, and in that light, this is an honest, spiritual memoir. McCoy grew up in a Southern Baptist church, and as he got older, he began to question some of the practices he was taught. His questioning seems to be the premise of this book, and he uses pop-culture analogies to explain his reasoning. This book had several laugh-out-loud funnies, and I appreciate his willingness to write about his faith questions. Some of the analogies carried on a ...more