Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die: Or the Eschatology of Bluegrass
Written By: David Crowder & Mike Hogan
Publisher: Relevant Books (2006)
I bought this book when it was first released in the fall of 2006, I think I may have even pre-ordered it. Needless to say I was excited about it. This book was released in conjunction with the David Crowder*Band album A Collision Or (3+4=7). This book focuses on the history of bluegrass music, man’s view of the soul in the past centuries, death, and the threads that tie all of these together.
I recently came across this book on my shelf and decided to read it again. I have to say it was quite possibly even better the second time.
I guarantee that you have never read a book like this before. In the midst of their exploring death, bluegrass, and the soul are interweaved IM messages and three…or is it two…or is it one narrative.
The IM threads are the text (with added thoughts) between the two authors as they would converse using instant messaging throughout the writing of this book. These largely are made up of the authors discussing and reflecting on what they just wrote, and you just read. It is a sort of running commentary from the authors.
The narrative starts as 3 stories written side by side in columns (you actually have to turn the book sideways but don’t let this discourage you). As you go through the book and come across these stories you see how the three stories weave in and out of each other (literally the text crosses the boundaries of the columns).
A key factor in this book is how it is also the authors dealing with the death of a very close friend. You may have heard the story of a pastor who was electrocuted and died in the baptismal during a service. That was the pastor of the church that the authors not only attended but helped to start with this pastor. You are welcomed into their journey as they look back, and continue forward in their process of dealing with his death.
This book is laced with history, theology, and humor. I would highly recommend this read to anyone.
If you do decide to read this book here is a little tip – don’t overlook the footnotes.