“Bono’s Calling” – The Washington Post on “the One Man Who Can Unite Us”

Yesterday, as the first big snow of the year hit Seattle, I sat in Hotwire Internet Espresso Cafe and listened to the 20th anniversary, re-mastered version of U2′s The Joshua Tree, which my friend Danny Walter had just picked up. And the thing just shines. It sounds better than ever, and the bonus disc of b-sides and rarities has some big surprises.

So I’ve been thinking back about just how much inspiration I’ve drawn from their music, and how much I’ve learned about artistic integrity and service from the way they’ve lived their lives.

This morning, snowed-in at home, I’m sitting here sipping Bewley’s Irish breakfast tea (appropriately), listening to Irish Christmas music, and browsing headlines at Thunderstruck.org… and I stumble onto onto this new article about Bono. This kind of profile of the legendary lead singer pops up every few months, it seems, but it always challenges me to ask if I’m doing what I can with the resources and opportunities given to me.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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