The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions
In fact, it’s pretty har ...more
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 more 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 ...more
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 ...more
PS: you can definitely tell this was written by an enneagram 5!
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 more 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...more
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. ...more
I 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.
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
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/ ...more
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 shop...talking to you, not at you. Big difference.
Every kid who grew up in c ...more
The Wondering Years is a conversation with your best friend you didn't know you were desperately longing to have! Knox McCoy perfectly illustrates how pop culture and Christianity can coexist and it's okay to enjoy both. This book will say everything you're thinking but won't say out loud because you'll probably be dammed to hell by those listening. He perfectly sums up issues with organized religion by still being respectful. And somehow, Knox can be hi ...more