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In Getting the Blues, Stephen Nichols shows how blues music offers powerful insight into the biblical narrative and the life of Jesus. Weaving Bible stories together with intriguing details of the lives of blues musicians, he leads readers in a vivid exploration of how blues music teaches about sin, suffering, alienation, and worship. Nichols unpacks the Psalms, portions o In Getting the Blues, Stephen Nichols shows how blues music offers powerful insight into the biblical narrative and the life of Jesus. Weaving Bible stories together with intriguing details of the lives of blues musicians, he leads readers in a vivid exploration of how blues music teaches about sin, suffering, alienation, and worship. Nichols unpacks the Psalms, portions of the prophets, and Paul's writings in this unique way, revealing new facets of Scripture. Getting the Blues will resonate with all readers interested in Christianity and culture. In the end they will emerge with a greater understanding of the value of "theology in a minor key"--a theology that embraces suffering as well as joy.


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In Getting the Blues, Stephen Nichols shows how blues music offers powerful insight into the biblical narrative and the life of Jesus. Weaving Bible stories together with intriguing details of the lives of blues musicians, he leads readers in a vivid exploration of how blues music teaches about sin, suffering, alienation, and worship. Nichols unpacks the Psalms, portions o In Getting the Blues, Stephen Nichols shows how blues music offers powerful insight into the biblical narrative and the life of Jesus. Weaving Bible stories together with intriguing details of the lives of blues musicians, he leads readers in a vivid exploration of how blues music teaches about sin, suffering, alienation, and worship. Nichols unpacks the Psalms, portions of the prophets, and Paul's writings in this unique way, revealing new facets of Scripture. Getting the Blues will resonate with all readers interested in Christianity and culture. In the end they will emerge with a greater understanding of the value of "theology in a minor key"--a theology that embraces suffering as well as joy.

30 review for Getting the Blues: What Blues Music Teaches Us about Suffering and Salvation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Stephen Nichols does an admirable job of connecting the blues of the post-Reconstruction South which means the segregated South with the redemptive narrative of Scripture. this book felt a bit rushed and needed to dig down more into the subject. it's a solid effort, but if you want to read a book by Nichols that's more indicative of his careful research, I would recommend Jesus: Made in America. Stephen Nichols does an admirable job of connecting the blues of the post-Reconstruction South which means the segregated South with the redemptive narrative of Scripture. this book felt a bit rushed and needed to dig down more into the subject. it's a solid effort, but if you want to read a book by Nichols that's more indicative of his careful research, I would recommend Jesus: Made in America.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cole Ragsdale

    Presents an interesting correlation between the blues and the biblical narrative. Powerful point: the blues are a honest confession of the human condition, which connects to the confession of need of all creation for the gospel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ramón

    I don't like to pan books on here, no matter how unengaging, but I take this personally. If you're going to write a book on the blues, do your homework and write soulfully. This is the music produced by the suffering and resilience of generations of slaves and poor sharecroppers, and the attempt is to connect this with the deepest themes underlying the Christian theological narrative. Hardly a subject that should receive a superficial and trite treatment, yet that's what this book felt like. Oth I don't like to pan books on here, no matter how unengaging, but I take this personally. If you're going to write a book on the blues, do your homework and write soulfully. This is the music produced by the suffering and resilience of generations of slaves and poor sharecroppers, and the attempt is to connect this with the deepest themes underlying the Christian theological narrative. Hardly a subject that should receive a superficial and trite treatment, yet that's what this book felt like. Other than a decent list of suggested recordings for the novice blues listener, and a few amusing anecdotes from the short biographical sketches of blues performers, this book was a major disappointment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joe Guydo

    I enjoyed several aspects of Getting the Blues. Nichols succeeds in conveying what is stated above the book title....What Blues Music Teaches Us About Suffering & Salvation. While he is accomplishing that, he manages to convey a wealth of information about American Music & American Musicians that will be appreciated by any and all Blues/Jazz/Gospel/Spiritual enthusiasts...Also, there were some pretty good musical geography lessons throughout the book .

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    This is the book David Crowder & co. were trying to write! Solid history and theology combo and enough potent lyrics included to tug at one's soul. This is the book David Crowder & co. were trying to write! Solid history and theology combo and enough potent lyrics included to tug at one's soul.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. To be honest, I did learn a lot about the Delta Blues, but I found there to be a lack of the theology aspect the subtitle promises.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Cox

    I don't always agree with his theology, but he has some interesting points about the intersection of blues music and the search for redemption. I don't always agree with his theology, but he has some interesting points about the intersection of blues music and the search for redemption.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Maples

    An interesting look at the commonalities between the blues and the Gospel. Brief bios of various blues personalities are given as examples.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland

    Through stories of the lives of blues singers and lyrics from the songs they sang, this book shows how blues music gets at the heart of the human condition. It would have been an easier read if I was familiar with blues artists, but overall, this is a great intro to blues music and how it relates to suffering and salvation.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Milacek

    I've loved the blues ever since I saw Martin Scorsese's PBS miniseries. This book sums up how I feel about the blues "The blues teaches us what it means to be human." I've loved the blues ever since I saw Martin Scorsese's PBS miniseries. This book sums up how I feel about the blues "The blues teaches us what it means to be human."

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    Andy

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    Newt Crenshaw

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    Bj Middleton

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    Jason Chamberlain

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    Jon

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    Johan Maurer

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    Paul

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    Steve

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    Dan

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    Bill Holtzapple

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    Tim Holland

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