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. 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 variou...

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Title:The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions
Author:Knox McCoy
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0785220844
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

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

  • Jill Robinson
    Nov 16, 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 more I got into it, the deeper it got and Knox?s transparency is greatly appreciated. He admits what we...
  • Laura
    Aug 04, 2018
    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 famili...
  • Amy
    Mar 03, 2019
    Like the author, I love both pop culture AND God (and also learned about AIDS through TLC?s ?Waterfalls?). This book convinced me that Jonathan Taylor Thomas might be the Antichrist, while at the same time giving me poignant insight into how faith is formed. I smiled the whole wa...
  • Rissie
    Nov 29, 2018
    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! ...
  • Carmen Liffengren
    Nov 18, 2018
    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...
  • Laura Tremaine
    Nov 04, 2018
    Really enjoyed these essays from my friend and fellow podcaster Knox McCoy. I laughed out loud throughout. ...
  • Diane
    Dec 31, 2018
    "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 w...
  • Laney
    Jan 05, 2019
    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 fou...
  • Matt Grant
    Jan 28, 2019
    This book frustrated me on several levels. The bad jokes I can forgive - and they weren't all bad, some really made me laugh - but the faulty theology and lazy spirituality I can't. Most of it felt like the author was using his beliefs as an excuse to make as many pop culture refer...
  • Kate Mcpherson
    Oct 14, 2018
    Uh, 10,000 points to Gryffindor because this book is amazing. It's like if Lorelai Gilmore 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...
  • Mark
    Feb 04, 2019
    Lots of real lols alongside some legit faith insights. This is not one of those funny-blog-post-stretched-into-a-book deals. It?s a well-written and entertaining look into the author?s life and perspective, using a refreshingly lighthearted foundation to tackle some weighty issues....
  • Sasha
    Jan 29, 2019
    I identified with this books so deeply. Having grown up in a similar, and possibly more 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 ...
  • Katie
    Apr 23, 2019
    3.5 If you like Knox on The Popcast (which I do) you?ll like him here. This is a generally fun and lighthearted memoir about childhood and growing up and figuring it out. If you?re not a Popcast fan, Knox is at his best near the end when challenging the read to doubt and ask ...
  • Emily Gardner
    Sep 14, 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 alre...
  • Emily
    Dec 16, 2018
    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. ...
  • Caroline
    Jan 31, 2019
    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 fro...
  • MacKenzie
    Dec 28, 2018
    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 ot...
  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    Jan 02, 2019
    Pop Sugar Challenge: Read a book with the word "Pop" in the title 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 Evangelic...
  • Amanda Taddey
    Nov 25, 2018
    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 hil...
  • Kaytee Cobb
    Nov 18, 2018
    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. ...
  • Tyler Mills
    Sep 04, 2018
    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 ...
  • Steve
    Dec 31, 2018
    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 Chris...
  • Alison
    Dec 31, 2018
    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 adolescenc...
  • Aimee Kollmansberger
    Nov 16, 2018
    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 more of what I wish the whole book had been. It was in that chapter where I ...
  • Teresa Staton
    Dec 06, 2018
    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 bo...
  • Zachary Houle
    Dec 22, 2018
    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 more of a brain for processing what pop culture means in the area of faith, I?d write a bo...
  • Jessica Denny
    Mar 07, 2019
    Such a super fun read, and surprisingly profound! Love his podcasts and love his writing. ????? Such a super fun read, and surprisingly profound! Love his podcasts and love his writing. ?????????? ...more ...
  • Marci-Beth Maple
    Jan 05, 2019
    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...
  • William
    Jan 19, 2019
    A memoir laced with sarcastic pop culture references, what more could you want? ...
  • Julie Hale
    Jan 30, 2019
    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 ...