The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions

The Wondering Years How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life s Biggest Questions 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 aren t all it has to offer P

  • Title: The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions
  • Author: Knox McCoy
  • ISBN: 0785220844
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 aren t 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, it s pretty har 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 aren t 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, it s pretty hard to define the human experience without it And it s impossible to create pop culture without the human experience Popular podcaster Knox McCoy understands this, and so do the tens of thousands of listeners who tune in to hear him talk about pop culture every week on his wildly popular podcast, The Popcast with Knox and Jamie.In The Wondering Years, Knox explores this idea of connecting popular culture to his own experiences Through hilarious yet poignant stories, he reflects on how pop culture has helped shape his life and carve out the foundation of his faith While the three cultural tentpoles the South, the Church, and Sports defined many aspects of his East Tennessee upbringing, it was pop culture that most definitively influenced Knox and his sense of the world at large Through books, television, music, and movies, Knox found many of the answers he was searching for about God and the universe and why we are all here The Wondering Years is a hilarious look back at the key influences that shaped Knox s formative years and his faith, a reminder of our own encounters with pop culture that have shaped each of our formative years and continue to influence us today Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes 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Default Filter Sep 14, 2018 Emily Gardner rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 Thanks to W Publishing and NetGalley for an early look at a book I ve pre ordered In an effort to explain to my inquisitive four year old why saying God is light doesn t mean God is, in fact, the moon, I put my English degree to good use describing how metaphors use ideas we already understand to illuminate complicated concepts That s exactly what Knox McCoy does in The Wondering Years In a voice that is humorous, heartwarming, and perceptive, Knox shares pop culture anecdotes and analo Thanks to W Publishing and NetGalley for an early look at a book I ve pre ordered In an effort to explain to my inquisitive four year old why saying God is light doesn t mean God is, in fact, the moon, I put my English degree to good use describing how metaphors use ideas we already understand to illuminate complicated concepts That s exactly what Knox McCoy does in The Wondering Years In a voice that is humorous, heartwarming, and perceptive, Knox shares pop culture anecdotes and analogies that have helped him and now us make sense of life and faith Though I ve never been punched in the face you ll understand after the first chapter and don t consider myself any sort of pop culture maven , Knox s stories and insights were infinitely relatable His ability to transition from funny story to personal reflection is seamless.Also, his footnotes are perfection.If you you re a Popcast fan, you will love this book.If you love Jesus and Netflix, you will love this book.If you are a bit dubious about Christianity or have lots of questions, you will love this book.If you ve ever wondered who the seven suspected antichrists are, you will love this book There s a cheesy cliche you ve probably heard of Not all who wander are lost But the truth is, not all who wonder are lost either Knox The Popcast with Knox and Jamie is the only reason I ever kind of know what I m talking about in regards to pop culture And a lot of times, I don t always know what they re talking about But I still tune in every Wednesday it s that good Same goes with this book I didn t always catch the references, but it didn t diminish my enjoyment one bit flag 12 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Laura Tremaine rated it it was amazing Really enjoyed these essays from my friend and fellow podcaster Knox McCoy I laughed out loud throughout flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 14, 2018 Kate Mcpherson rated it it was amazing Uh, 10,000 points to Gryffindor because this book is amazing It s like if Lorelai Gil wandering into your living room and started waxing theologic I have never met Knox, but I m pretty sure we would be best friends based on the sheer pop culture references that made me laugh And the section where he talks about converting dogs to Christianity after seeing All Dogs Go To Heaven Literally on the floor laughing and yes, I know what literally means Must read flag 7 likesLike see review Aug 04, 2018 Laura rated it really liked it 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 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 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 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 almost hints of, and I don t say this lightly, Dave Barry level humor Update Yeah, I don t think this one is for the audience at Servants of Grace But it is super funny for Christians who grew up in the 80 s 90 s and he always manages to land the plane by the end of the chapter No matter how bizarre the story, it ends up illuminating some aspect of his faith flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 18, 2018 Kaytee Cobb rated it really liked it Shelves audiobook, christian, humor, non fiction, scribd Plenty of fun and laughs and cunning observations Audiobook is totally the way to go Had a great time listening to this on a road trip with my adult sibling and parents We all found something to laugh at flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Aimee Kollmansberger rated it liked it Fun entertaining read but the essays were a bit disjointed for me I would read several and then wonder what did I just read The consistent footnotes are one of the humor highlights, and the last chapter is of what I wish the whole book had been It was in that chapter where I felt a true connection real relatability to the author That s where he found his stride flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 31, 2018 Alison rated it really liked it If I could give this book one adjective it would relatable As a Southern Baptist born and raised, introvert by nature, and INTJ Enneagram 5, I found many elements of this book to be 1 hilarious and 2 reflective of my own experiences I spent my childhood and adolescence on mission trips, at VBS weeks, attending Teamkid and youth group, and going to church camp often twice every summer My faith life was very easy until it wasn t, and in college when I started to experience moments of doub If I could give this book one adjective it would relatable As a Southern Baptist born and raised, introvert by nature, and INTJ Enneagram 5, I found many elements of this book to be 1 hilarious and 2 reflective of my own experiences I spent my childhood and adolescence on mission trips, at VBS weeks, attending Teamkid and youth group, and going to church camp often twice every summer My faith life was very easy until it wasn t, and in college when I started to experience moments of doubt and questioning, I genuinely worried that my entire relationship with God was crumbling I had never been told that it was okay to wonder, to dive into my faith as a means of research and a method for ensuring that I believed what I did FOR A REASON, not just because my parents or youth leaders or pastors had hand fed it to me Out of this confusing period came the most beautiful revelation My faith was mine it belonged to me, and my relationship with Christ was based on my own experiences and trust that he was the center of everything, wholly in control as I am clearly and frustratingly not , and persistently, lovingly faithful All to say, reading this book felt like experiencing this moment of my life all over again Not only was it relatable, but it was just humorous enough to add a lighthearted aspect to serious matters The anecdotes were not only appropriate, but also enlightening Written in a Danny Tanner narrative style ridiculous unexpected scenarios followed by a hit home conclusion , each chapter made its message clear HIGHLY recommend flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Steve rated it it was ok Cards on the table, I m a fan of Knox McCoy as a blogger and a podcaster and I think that he and I would get along just swimmingly if ever we were to meet But I m not a huge fan of this book, a mishmash of pop culture references, Southern dude memoirs, and ankle deep evangelical Christian philosophy that doesn t seem to serve any apparent purpose beyond scratching Knox McCoy s itch to publish something in paperback form There are some fun observations and connections here, and that s probably Cards on the table, I m a fan of Knox McCoy as a blogger and a podcaster and I think that he and I would get along just swimmingly if ever we were to meet But I m not a huge fan of this book, a mishmash of pop culture references, Southern dude memoirs, and ankle deep evangelical Christian philosophy that doesn t seem to serve any apparent purpose beyond scratching Knox McCoy s itch to publish something in paperback form There are some fun observations and connections here, and that s probably all McCoy ever intended to include, and that s absolutely fine It just doesn t feel like it s half as introspective or profound as it could have been flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Jill Robinson rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 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 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 flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 04, 2018 Tyler Mills rated it it was amazing Recommends it for Fans of pop culture, fans of laughter, fans of the word swashbuckling

    After finishing this book, I had to step back and assess whether Knox McCoy and I are actually the same person Was my life the plot of Mr Robot, just with slightly less existential dread and teen TV dramas While I may never know if I ve actually been a popular podcaster and talented writer my entire life, I do know that this book is simultaneously the most entertaining and thought provoking piece of literature I ve read in a long time

    The Wondering Years is a refreshingly vulnerable

    After finishing this book, I had to step back and assess whether Knox McCoy and I are actually the same person Was my life the plot of Mr Robot, just with slightly less existential dread and teen TV dramas While I may never know if I ve actually been a popular podcaster and talented writer my entire life, I do know that this book is simultaneously the most entertaining and thought provoking piece of literature I ve read in a long time

    The Wondering Years is a refreshingly vulnerable look at the author s faith and life growing up in the South, filtered through the lens of pop culture So much of Knox s life experience resonated with me personally, as it mirrors my childhood in many hilarious and painful ways, but this book is thoroughly enjoyable regardless of faith or background Every chapter seamlessly ties pop culture references If you ve ever needed LOST, Zoolander, and Dumb Dumber referenced in the same sentence, this is your book and touchstones into Knox s own experiences and struggles, complete with entertaining footnotes that add another layer of wit and humor to an already incredibly funny book

    The simplicity of the concept allows for the exploration of some deeply profound ideas about life and faith while remaining lighthearted and self deprecating I especially enjoyed that Knox admittedly doesn t have all the answers None of us do There s a chapter on the inflated importance that we place on conclusions in TV, books, movies, and our own lives In reality, the journey to those conclusions is why they re worth enjoying in the first place

    flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Carmen Marie rated it really liked it What s my green light this week The Wondering Years As a long time listener of the Popcast with Knox and Jamie, I was eager to read Knox s book, The Wondering Years I was not disappointed by his memoir He s equal parts humorous and introspective The Wondering Years is about the intersection of faith and pop culture Knox grew up Evangelical in the South He makes a compelling case about how his touchstones for pop culture taught him nuance somehow filling in the gaps in his faith formation What s my green light this week The Wondering Years As a long time listener of the Popcast with Knox and Jamie, I was eager to read Knox s book, The Wondering Years I was not disappointed by his memoir He s equal parts humorous and introspective The Wondering Years is about the intersection of faith and pop culture Knox grew up Evangelical in the South He makes a compelling case about how his touchstones for pop culture taught him nuance somehow filling in the gaps in his faith formation Don t skip the footnotes They are hilarious I spent a lot of time watching the WB back in the day So, yeah, when mentions he was also watching Dawson s Creek, I can t help laugh out loud over a footnote like this In a lot of ways, James van der Beek s Dawson Leery gets a bad rap And he should That s the end of that sentence I acted like I was going to bring a some redemptory context to Dawson Leery that would make him seem better than he was, but I deceived you just now, cherished reader If you are waiting for me to say nice things about the character Dawson Leery, you will be waiting for infinity. Or this one A religious teenager who doesn t drink is in the same family tree as an adult vegan or Crossfitter.The Popcast may educate on things that entertain but do not matter, but both Knox and Jamie do their homework and they know how much pop culture actually shapes our lives and helps us make sense of difficult topics Well done, Knox flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 MacKenzie rated it it was amazing Listened on audio, and I literally laughed until I cried in some parts It was all so tragically relatable, especially in regards to kids church in the 90s I shared parts with my 12 year old son, such as Knox s commentary between his mom and God about Abraham and Isaac, and so many other parts that had us in hysterics It was heartfelt, honest, fun, and pushed the envelope for Christian books in such an important way Great job, Knox Although I do feel that I could school you on the dinosaurs Listened on audio, and I literally laughed until I cried in some parts It was all so tragically relatable, especially in regards to kids church in the 90s I shared parts with my 12 year old son, such as Knox s commentary between his mom and God about Abraham and Isaac, and so many other parts that had us in hysterics It was heartfelt, honest, fun, and pushed the envelope for Christian books in such an important way Great job, Knox Although I do feel that I could school you on the dinosaurs flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Stephanie Thats What She Read rated it really liked it Shelves memoir, non fic, own, the south Pop Sugar Challenge Read a book with the word Pop in the titleI am a big fan of the author s podcast The Popcast with Knox and Jamie This is a bit of a spiritual memoir with a lot of humor and pop culture I really enjoyed it I loved the snarkiness of many aspects of Evangelical culture and appreciated how different things in popular culture helped Knox grasp the big picture ideas in Christianity This felt like grabbing coffee with a friend flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Emily rated it it was amazing I laughed out loud repeatedly I think what made it extra funny to me was, as an avid listener of The Popcast, I read the whole book in Knox s voice I especially loved the footnotes where he inserted his snarky comments like he would in the podcast as well flag 2 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 31, 2018 Diane rated it it was ok Shelves nonfiction, truth More than anything, God spoke to my heart and revealed that he really was fine with questions Because at the end of the day, he knows that the answers to all the questions I m wondering about, and have been wondering about for all these years, they ve always led back to him So why wouldn t they still I wanted to give this a higher rating but I just didn t love it I appreciate McCoy s vulnerability throughout however, a lot of the pop culture correlations just fell flat The connection wasn More than anything, God spoke to my heart and revealed that he really was fine with questions Because at the end of the day, he knows that the answers to all the questions I m wondering about, and have been wondering about for all these years, they ve always led back to him So why wouldn t they still I wanted to give this a higher rating but I just didn t love it I appreciate McCoy s vulnerability throughout however, a lot of the pop culture correlations just fell flat The connection wasn t clear His writing is strong but the stories humor just weren t for me flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 William rated it it was amazing A memoir laced with sarcastic pop culture references, what could you want flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 29, 2018 Rissie rated it liked it The humor in these essays is top notch, but the message was not always clear I would get to the end of a chapter and think wait, what But still, very funny I would recommend this one for sure flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Caroline rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult memoir This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A collection of essays full of satire, laugh out loud moments, pop cultural references, and several really solid discussions about faith intermixed This book felt like the author talking to the reader, in a really good way I genuinely laughed out loud at multiple points, starting from the introduction Knox s revised introduction was hilarious and continuing throughout the book I was impressed at the range of issues the author brought up within these essays like dealing with surprise and g A collection of essays full of satire, laugh out loud moments, pop cultural references, and several really solid discussions about faith intermixed This book felt like the author talking to the reader, in a really good way I genuinely laughed out loud at multiple points, starting from the introduction Knox s revised introduction was hilarious and continuing throughout the book I was impressed at the range of issues the author brought up within these essays like dealing with surprise and grief during life, voicing and exploring questions about faith, the need for representation and understanding other perspectives than your own, and.I had several similarities with the author s background, but also a few distinct differences, yet I related to much of what he expressed, perhaps greatly due to his use of satire and ability to look at the shortcomings and idiosyncrasies of Christian culture Fans of Jon Acuff especially his old Stuff Christians Like satire material and comedian John Crist will particularly enjoy this book This book is especially for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s and hopefully some of the kids from the 00s that like retro things Some readers outside of those oft referenced decades might lose out on understanding a few of the analogies, but many of the good points about faith can be enjoyed by most readers.Yes to the references to Boy Meets World, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, A Different World, Family Matters, and I m pretty sure the author and I are very close to the same age but where was a Gil Girls reference, Knox Chapters 13, 17, and 18 were my very favorites Make sure to read every footnote So good and much of my laughter burst from those footnotes.Some of my favorite quotes So reading a passage like this made me flinch Why would God want to do me like that But then I realized not everyone reads this passage the same way What if I d had a truly awful dad Like prodigiously monstrous What if my dad had split when I was young What if he tormented me emotionally or physically Then this verse wouldn t be callous it would be liberation I d never even considered that because I d never had to consider anything beyond my experience Which is why representation matters When the only reality we are forced to consider is the same color and belief system as our own, it narrows our lenses and funnels us deeply into ourselves and superficially into the reality of everyone else who hasn t experienced the same lives we have Chapter 13 The brutal reality I arrived at during all this was that my faith wasn t a faith it was a curated worldview with a thin glaze of Christianity and a beaucoup of other priorities and qualities I wanted to be aligned with Chapter 18 but I ve had my fill of telling people the particulars of what they should think just because it s what I happened to think Chapter 18 as well as a big section on the next page flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Laney rated it really liked it This book made me laugh out loud a lot of times I listened to it and the author reads it and his voice and inflections were especially fantastic I was listening to it on headphones while vacuuming the inside of my car at one point, just freaking DY ing laughing Good times I found his ponderings on Christianity really interesting So much of his Evangelical church upbringing felt very similar to my Mormon upbringing, and it was fun to compare His teenage missionary attempts were so good bad This book made me laugh out loud a lot of times I listened to it and the author reads it and his voice and inflections were especially fantastic I was listening to it on headphones while vacuuming the inside of my car at one point, just freaking DY ing laughing Good times I found his ponderings on Christianity really interesting So much of his Evangelical church upbringing felt very similar to my Mormon upbringing, and it was fun to compare His teenage missionary attempts were so good bad funny My only negative commentary on this book is that it jumps all over the place He d be in the middle of one story and jump to another anecdote and then to another But they were all funny anecdotes, so it was okay But sometimes I felt confused and like How did we get here and Hey, I wanted him to finish that other thought And he talked so much about his doubts and questions related to Christianity, but then only a tiny bit of time at the very end as to where he netted out I wanted info on if he was still in his church, what conclusions he had come to on all those questions, etc flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Julie Hale rated it liked it Shelves 2019, faith hope love, memoir I love The Popcast and often laugh way too hard and inappropriately loud while listening, so I was pumped to read this book I love how Knox weaved parts of his life and faith together This book was a bit hard to read with all the footnotes and while they were wildly funny seemed a bit distracting at points Because I m a 90 s kid, it was also a bit hard to follow his pop culture references as well Overall, I enjoyed reading about the life of a podcaster that questions his faith, many things I love The Popcast and often laugh way too hard and inappropriately loud while listening, so I was pumped to read this book I love how Knox weaved parts of his life and faith together This book was a bit hard to read with all the footnotes and while they were wildly funny seemed a bit distracting at points Because I m a 90 s kid, it was also a bit hard to follow his pop culture references as well Overall, I enjoyed reading about the life of a podcaster that questions his faith, many things the church Christians do and how pop culture can intersect with our faith flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Zachary Houle rated it it was ok There has always been a book waiting to be written about God and pop culture After all, there are areas where the sacred overlaps with the secular Personally, I ve always felt that if I had of a brain for processing what pop culture means in the area of faith, I d write a book that would at least partially answer how Kendrick Lamar can write a song about being a sinner and knowing that he s going to sin again before asking not only for God to forgive him, but for his bitch to not get in t There has always been a book waiting to be written about God and pop culture After all, there are areas where the sacred overlaps with the secular Personally, I ve always felt that if I had of a brain for processing what pop culture means in the area of faith, I d write a book that would at least partially answer how Kendrick Lamar can write a song about being a sinner and knowing that he s going to sin again before asking not only for God to forgive him, but for his bitch to not get in the way of his vibe I guess telling his bitch not to kill his vibe is his sin This is why Knox McCoy s The Wondering Years excited me The promo blurb for the book intones that, yes, we can both love God and binge watch something on Netflix The question I needed an answer to is how Well, it s disappointing but The Wondering Years doesn t really answer the how question This is really one person s memoir about growing up as an evangelical in the Southern USA Pop culture is just a lens for Knox McCoy, said author, to view his faith This means that there are no burning revelations about how certain artists fuse their faith with the broader world, or anything quite like that No Alas, we get stories about how the author got punched in the face as a kid, what that had to do with the Rocky franchise of movies, and maybe a bit of God talk That s it The End So disappointing.Read the rest of the review here flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Marci Beth Maple rated it it was amazing I am a huge fan of Knox McCoy and his podcast partner, Jamie, so I was inclined to enjoy this book and I was not disappointed I found his writing structure creative, his spiritual insights authentic and honest, and there wasn t a single essay I would have left out If you are a fan of pop culture and a fan of Jesus, this will be a treat of a read flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 29, 2019 Sasha rated it it was amazing I identified with this books so deeply Having grown up in a similar, and possibly religious culture than the author, only to question so many of the ideals later, yet still believe the core beliefs of Christianity I found myself laughing and even shouting Yes , through this book It s so good to know I m not the only one out there thinking this way flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Amanda Taddey rated it it was amazing When a book can make you laugh out loud and think deeply on the same page, you know it s a winner Knox shares insights into how pop culture has helped to shift his views on faith and God He doesn t have all the answers and neither should we His vulnerability is inspiring and hilarious at the same time FIVE STARS FOREVER flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Teresa Staton rated it liked it 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 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 little long for me, and at times, I felt like he was teetering on the side of poking fun of his childhood church I will give a warning for Chapter Nine It s an account of 11 year old McCoy spending the night at a friend s house While there, the friend invites him to shot a handgun, which he does, and also to watch an adult movie, which he also does As a mother of an 11 year old boy, this chapter made me nervous There are many aspects of this book that I admire, but this is not a book that is for everyone flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 06, 2018 Rachel Dawson rated it it was ok Shelves 2018 rad reads, biography memoir I was curious about this one,but honestly I am not pop cultures enough to truly appreciate the art of this one I was pretty sheltered as a kid and was a 90s baby so most of his references and stories and analogies went straight over my head sadly That s not to say this wasn t well written, funny, or worth reading it just wasn t one I personally could connect with If you re a movie buff or a little older than I am or you looooove all things pop culture and find them interesting points of I was curious about this one,but honestly I am not pop cultures enough to truly appreciate the art of this one I was pretty sheltered as a kid and was a 90s baby so most of his references and stories and analogies went straight over my head sadly That s not to say this wasn t well written, funny, or worth reading it just wasn t one I personally could connect with If you re a movie buff or a little older than I am or you looooove all things pop culture and find them interesting points of references for bigger questions of humanity, life, and faith, you will LOVE this one I m so glad he wrote it, especially for those people, and I can t wait to pass this on to a friend who I know loves this stuff.Thanks for the free book, booklookbloggers flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Karen rated it really liked it I have enjoyed Knox sense of humor and story telling abilities for several years now on his podcast To finally have that personality in book form is than a delight I enjoyed this book so much and appreciated the way a chapter could go from real life humor to deep thoughts about Christianity without ever missing a beat Worth a read I received a copy of this book from the publisher flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 25, 2018 Nicole Burrell rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, memoirs I laughed I cried I did all the things, then I came back for.Knox McCoy s The Wondering Years is a candid look at his life and faith, told by way of a series of entertaining anecdotes and cultural references galore It is a rare thing a book that will make you think about your own relationship with God while not boring you at all A book that sounds and feels personal, like a friend talking to you in a coffee shoptalking to you, not at you Big difference.Every kid who grew up in c I laughed I cried I did all the things, then I came back for.Knox McCoy s The Wondering Years is a candid look at his life and faith, told by way of a series of entertaining anecdotes and cultural references galore It is a rare thing a book that will make you think about your own relationship with God while not boring you at all A book that sounds and feels personal, like a friend talking to you in a coffee shoptalking to you, not at you Big difference.Every kid who grew up in church faced a moment when they had to decide if they wanted a faith of their own, separate from the one presented to them by their parents I distinctly remember this phase of my life I also know that, for many second or third generation Christians, the struggle to reconcile the image of God we were taught, with the world we live in can be difficult Knox addresses these struggles and , wondering what faith should feel and look like as well as asking who God is at our darkest moments Disguised in this easy to read book are deep thoughts and challenging statements And I didn t hate that at all.On the lighter side, you are going to be hard pressed to find a book that has a stronger 90 s pop culture game than The Wondering Years Knox hits all the high points AND all the Christian pop culture hits too yes, that is a thing If you can work a reference to Nicolae Carpathia into your book, you re winning in mine If the honest look at faith is the heart of this book, the pop culture is the heartBEAT It keeps you moving right through the pages until you re done and you don t want to be Perhaps what I loved most about The Wondering Years was Knox s willingness to leave his faith journey unfinished He bypassed the pitfall of so many spiritual books, the painful pull to tie his story up in a neat bow You don t finish this book feeling like Knox has it all figured it out You might not even agree with some of the things he says That s okay He is just one of us, processing and reprocessing as he moves along life s journey, and his willingness to admit that makes this book even worthy of your time Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The Wondering Years releases in November of 2018 flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 29, 2018 Lori Lynn rated it it was amazing I laughed, I cried, can t wait to share with others I laughed, I cried, can t wait to share with others flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Rose rated it it was amazing Can you love Jesus and enjoy pop culture Have you struggled with your faith Are you tired of the Christian books that talk about how great you are and leave out God Then this book is for you Knox McCoy s debut takes you on a journey with him and how he navigated his faith Sometimes through the lens of pop culture His real look at faith and deep introspection laced with wit and intellectual analysis makes you comfortable to talk about that topic many avoid As co host of The Popcast and T Can you love Jesus and enjoy pop culture Have you struggled with your faith Are you tired of the Christian books that talk about how great you are and leave out God Then this book is for you Knox McCoy s debut takes you on a journey with him and how he navigated his faith Sometimes through the lens of pop culture His real look at faith and deep introspection laced with wit and intellectual analysis makes you comfortable to talk about that topic many avoid As co host of The Popcast and The Bible Binge, I experienced his wit but this book really took me deeper and makes me appreciate him even The ending is worth the whole book people flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. Knox McCoy Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions book, this is one of the most wanted Knox McCoy author readers around the world.

    2. Thanks to W Publishing and NetGalley for an early look at a book I ve pre ordered In an effort to explain to my inquisitive four year old why saying God is light doesn t mean God is, in fact, the moon, I put my English degree to good use describing how metaphors use ideas we already understand to illuminate complicated concepts That s exactly what Knox McCoy does in The Wondering Years In a voice that is humorous, heartwarming, and perceptive, Knox shares pop culture anecdotes and analo Thanks [...]

    3. Really enjoyed these essays from my friend and fellow podcaster Knox McCoy I laughed out loud throughout.

    4. Uh, 10,000 points to Gryffindor because this book is amazing It s like if Lorelai Gil wandering into your living room and started waxing theologic I have never met Knox, but I m pretty sure we would be best friends based on the sheer pop culture references that made me laugh And the section where he talks about converting dogs to Christianity after seeing All Dogs Go To Heaven Literally on the floor laughing and yes, I know what literally means Must read.

    5. 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 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 Knox McCoy m [...]

    6. Plenty of fun and laughs and cunning observations Audiobook is totally the way to go Had a great time listening to this on a road trip with my adult sibling and parents We all found something to laugh at.

    7. Fun entertaining read but the essays were a bit disjointed for me I would read several and then wonder what did I just read The consistent footnotes are one of the humor highlights, and the last chapter is of what I wish the whole book had been It was in that chapter where I felt a true connection real relatability to the author That s where he found his stride.

    8. If I could give this book one adjective it would relatable As a Southern Baptist born and raised, introvert by nature, and INTJ Enneagram 5, I found many elements of this book to be 1 hilarious and 2 reflective of my own experiences I spent my childhood and adolescence on mission trips, at VBS weeks, attending Teamkid and youth group, and going to church camp often twice every summer My faith life was very easy until it wasn t, and in college when I started to experience moments of doub If I cou [...]

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