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Who Isn T Trying isn t trying be someone whitewashed and politically correct whose faith is messy and out there but full of realness balls out craziness and has a keen ear for God s heart can really change the world uotes that stuck You know celebrity is ridiculous It s silly but it s a kind of currency and you have to spend it wisely On Christmas The idea that Godthe force of Love and Logic in the universe that it would seek to explain itself is amazing enough That it would seek to explain itself and describe itself by becoming a child born to explain itself and describe itself by becoming a child born straw poverty in shit and straw Unknowable ove unknowable power describes itself as the most vulnerable Love needs to find form intimacy needs to be whisperedlove has to become an action I think the things that really communicate universally are humour grace and strength of character Be still and know that I am God Shut Up and Let Me Love You would be the pop song I found this to be a fascinating read and thoroughly inspiring on a good number of occasions as well I remain torn between 4 and 5 stars My ideal would be 45 so I have gone for the generous optionThe interview format of the book made it different to a standard biography but worked well at creating an atmosphere of closeness to Bono as if you were there for the conversations with them This was especially well created by Michka s simple scene setting for many of the interviews along the way You felt the respect and friendship between the two men demonstrated in the openness and honesty of both the uestions and answers At the end of the book I remain a great respecter of Bono and continue to commend his determination to fight for justice for those who cannot fight for themselvesSome favourite uotes from the book It is impossible to meet God without abandon without exposing yourself being raw I wish to begin again on a daily basis To be born again every day is something that I try to do And I m deadly serious about that Happiness is for those who don t really need it So I can Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French live without happiness If that s the price of fame good riddance Joy on the other hand is not up for sale And my joy comes from a completely different place The ones whoseight will remain with me Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America long after they have burnt out are the ones that had grace Because it s rare that the gift comes with grace Some of the biggest arseholes I ve ever met are the most gifted Because it s pretty girl syndrome Being gifted isike being born beautiful You don t have to work a day in a year in your At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture life for it You were born with it In one sense it sike blue blood money gift or beauty They are the things that should make you the most humble because they are not the things you have earned They are the things you were given Yet it is my experience that they male people the most spoiled And the people who work the hardest and who have overcome the most obstacles on their ife who have reason to beat their breasts are the most humble sometimes I can t get over that it s bewildering to me To make it through success
and still have manners to still have curiosity intellectual curiosity to still still have manners to still have curiosity intellectual curiosity to still some grace to keep your dignity that is really rare I have a room which is in my brain and it s very very very untidy There is stuff fallen everywhere There are some very important ideas next to dome very silly ones There is a bottle of wine that was opened five years ago and there is a unch I haven t eaten from Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism last summer There are faces of children who are going to die but don t have to There s my fathers face telling me to tidy up my room So that s what I m doing tidying my room Bono is a smart intellectual man Sure he can go aittle overboard in hyping new U2 albums but that doesn t mean he has a brilliant mind His everyday words are poetic The press Boggs: A Comedy of Values loves it when he speaks because he gives fantastic soundbyteseft right and centerAll of this being said Bono In Conversation is a brilliant concept It s Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago like a biography only it is done completely in A interview format You truly get aook inside the man s thoughts and ideas I couldn t put it down Okay Bono is just incredible as we all know I am interested in him as a person because I admire his work both musically and on beha. For the first time ever Bono the biggest rock star in the world tells his Berlioz and the Romantic Century life story Bono's career is unlike any other in rock history As theead singer of U2 Bono has sold 130 million albums won fourteen Grammys and played numerous sold out world tours but he has also Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago lobbied and worked with worldeaders from Bill Clinton and George W Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt relief AIDS and oth.
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familiar horizontal The combination is what makes the Cross He s into deeds not creeds spirituality and not religionhorizontal The combination is what makes the Cross He s into deeds not creeds spirituality and not religion Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture like many of the topics outside of music he holds sometimes interesting sometimes uirky views but generallyacking wisdom or insight First et me say that I m not a fan of Bono or U2 I don t mean that I actively dislike them what I do mean is that most of their songs don t grab me Bono has bleeped on my radar for his social justice work than anything elseIt s aimed at the fans going to depth on anything elseIt s aimed at the fans going to depth on s thoughts on everything from politics and philosophy to the ups and downs of ife in the bandIt s well ordered and Mi If you think of Bono as a poet rather than a rock star then you won t be surprised at the Bulletproof Feathers level of introspection and insight that is revealed in this book Granted I think you have to be a U2 fan to enjoy itike I did but there are interesting discussions about the music industry poverty in the third world and his Christian faith Here are a couple interesting passagesIt s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the Universe I m absolutely sure of it And yet along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that as you reap so will you sow stuff Grace defies reason and Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store logic Love interrupts if youike the conseuences of your actions which in my case is very good news indeed because I ve done a Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 lot of stupid stuffI d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge I d be in deep shit It doesn t excuse my mistakes but I m holding out for Grace I m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross because I know who I am and I hope I don t have to depend on my own religiositythe Christmas story The idea that God if there is a force of Love and Logic in the universe that it would seek to explain itself and describe itself by becoming a child in straw poverty in shit and straw a childI just thought Wow Just the poetryUnknowableove unknowable power describes itself as the most vulnerable To me it makes sense It s actually Chameleon Hours logical It s pureogic Essence has to manifest itself It s inevitable Love has to become an action or something concrete It would have to happen There must be an incarnation Love must be made flesh A very good read A different format than I ve read before The majority of the book is in Interview format where Michka asks a uestion and Bono answers it answers never than a page Interview was conducted in person and through a series of phone calls over a couple of yearsBono talks at ength about his work for DATA Bebit AIDS Trade Africa and how he hopes to help absolve debt for impoverished countries to they can become self sufficientwwwtheglobalfundorgI would
recommend this to any U2 fans or others that are ooking for a different read Definitelythis to any U2 fans or others that are Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide looking for a different read Definitely my eyes around the AIDS epidemic and other problems experienced in African countries Bono You see at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma You know what you put out comes back to you an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth or in physics in physicalaws every action is met by an eual or an opposite one It s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe I m absolutely sure of it And yet along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that as you reap so you will sow stuff Grace defies reason and Citrus: A History logic Love interrupts if youike the conseuences of your actions which in my case is very good news indeed because I ve done a Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 lot of stupid stuffAssayas I d be interested to hear thatBono That s between me and God But I d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge I d be in deep shit It doesn t excuse my mistakes but I m holding out for Grace I m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross because I know who I am and I hope I don t have to depend on my own religiosity A great book that is probably better than me in that I took off a star for all the Africa centric ness of theast uarter I m fully in support of Bono s work there and think it is inspiring to see someone doing so much for those who have so ittle but at the same time I admit my mind wanders after too ong reading about debt reduction trade etc The first 34 of the book are a bit personal which is appealing to Extrovert singer of a small Irish post punk band into one of the most famous individuals in the world; and from an international celebrity to an influential spokesperson for the Third World He speaks candidly about his faith family commitment influences service and passion Bono A Self Portrait in Conversation is the closest we will come for now to a memoir from the iconic frontman of U2. Lf of those in poverty He is a role model to me strange as it may seem because I usually have female role models I have to say that after reading this book I want to know about his wife Ali She is phenomenal too Bono and I don t have much in common except the Irish blood coursing through our veins But that is huge to me Growing up Irish in the 70s a The reason this book stands out is because Assayas doesn t keep his journalistic distance but presses into his friend and asks him the tough uestions He presses Bono on not speaking about Africa for over a decade and points out to him that colonialism in France was eft wing and championed by humanitarians Bono doesn t really respond and dismisses the idea of irresponsible borrowing by African nations at one point but he does admit that aid created worse conditions and has propped up despots but he says that can be avoided by placing strict conditions on the money At another point Bono says that he s not for a paternalistic attitude concerning Africa but Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) later talks about rewards systems that sound paternalistic to me He asks that we not see him as some wide eyed idealist and then says we ve got to starting bringing Heaven down to Earth now Not surprisingly he s a bundle of contradictionsAt first blush it appears that he has reachable goals when it comes to charity he explained to economist Robert Barro and others that the Jubilee 2000 debt cancellation was a one time happening and would not encourage default on future debts so why is there still a Jubilee campaign Because not all debt was cancelled so justike all collectivists this is a plan that can never be fulfilled so these groups will never be satisfied In Their Social Agendas And Demands One their social agendas and demands One my favorite passages is where
He Says That If You Believe That Aid Is Investmentsays that if you believe that aid is investment debt burden is unjust in other words all his Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools liberal suppositions then the conclusion is that Africans will be able to take charge of their own destiny Even if you follow all his rationale the conclusions don t follow from the premises He believes that the West s treatment of Africans is theast bastion of ineuality that we allow says that we essentially have them chained to the ground and insinuates that it is our racism that prevents us from giving Bono claims that he s tired of begging for crumbs from the table of the rich but he sees giving almost exclusively in terms of governments to government transfers He dubiously claims that a America is at the bottom of spending on the poorest countries and b that even if you include private philanthropy that America is still abysmally behind In fact in 2006 US charitable giving was 29502 billion which is twice as much as the next most charitable country according to a 2006 comparison done by the Charities Aid Foundation As percentage of GDP the US ranks 1st with 17% and Great Britain is 2nd at73%He admits that the Sandinistas fascinated him because they were a majority and he was seeing Common People: The History of An English Family liberation theology in practice He was interested in socialism that didn t attempt to put down faith and used religion to inform the people of their rights He was exploring his pacifism too and knows that Gandhi would say it is never appropriate to take up arms He doesn t seem to know that Gandhi advocated that the Jews surrender to the Nazis in WWII but this is a guy who praises the character of Bill Clinton at one pointWhile this book contains the clearest presentation of the Gospel by Bono in any venue it still has the smirking nonsense he is known for What is Christianity My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ Christ teaches that God isoveand as much as I respond in allowing myself to be transformed by that Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare love and acting in thatove that s my religion Who is the Gospel of Jesus Christ for Jesus preached the Gospels for the poor How to interpret the Old Testament the Old Testament is of an action movie blood car chases evacuations a conquest and community:the afterlife of warrior saint ghazi miyan lot of special effectsthose of us who are trying to figure out our Christian conundrum is that the God of the Old Testament isike the journey from stern father to friend Theological typology the Old Testament it was one of worship and awe a vertical relationship The New Testament on the. Er critical global issues He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his childhood sweetheart since 1982 His ife at all turns resists the rock star clichs In a series of intimate conversations with his friend Michka Assayas a music journalist who has been with the band since the very beginning Bono reflects on his transformation from the. ,