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G his pacifism too and knows "THAT GANDHI WOULD SAY IT IS "Gandhi would say it is 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 is loveand as much as I respond in allowing myself to be transformed by that love and acting in that love 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 vacuations a lot of special ffectsthose of us who are trying to figure out our Christian conundrum is that the God of the Old Testament is like 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 other hand we look across as Jesus who looks familiar horizontal The combination is what makes the Cross He s into deeds not creeds spirituality and not religion And like many of the topics outside of music he holds sometimes interesting sometimes uirky views but generally lacking wisdom or insight 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 length 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
looking for a different read Definitely opened my yes around the AIDS pidemic for a different read Definitely opened my yes around the AIDS pidemic other problems xperienced in African countries I m glad that what this taught me is that a person who isn t trying to be someone whitewashed and politically correct whose faith is messy and out there but full of real 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 behalf 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 xcept the Irish blood coursing through our veins But that is huge to me Growing up Irish
the 70s 80s and having U2 s contribution to humanity happening simultaneously was a very happy time for Irish Americans We felt a lot of pride for this band and this person The book is an interesting format a A xchange which I liked It is already an older book but there were significant insights into this person I can t touch his faith which I find remarkable I would like to be faith filled At one point Bono says he admires So to make it through success and still have manners to still have curiousity intellectual curiousity to still have some grace to keep your dignity that is really rare I m not one but I d like to be I think Bono IS there and I was glad to learn about this great man and what he is thinkingWhat has stuck with me a few weeks after reading this book is that Bono is very accepting of all sorts of different kinds of people and was not willing to say bad things about anyone He could see the good in people which I think is a very admirable trait This is not to say that he doesn t think there is vil he does But clearly he thinks we can do something about it Cool. 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.in the 70s
CHARACTERS Bono In Conversation with Michka AssayasIf you think of Bono as a poet rather than a rock star then you won t be surprised at the level of introspection and insight that is revealed in this book A great book that is probably better than me in that I took off a star for all the Africa centric ness of the last 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 little but at the same time I admit my mind wanders after too long reading about debt reduction trade tc The first 34 of the book are a bit personal which
Is Appealing To Me Bonoappealing to me Bono a smart intellectual man Sure he can go a little overboard in hyping new U2 albums but that doesn t mean he has a brilliant mind His Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies everyday words are poetic The press loves it when he speaks because he gives fantastic soundbytes left right and centerAll of this being said Bono In Conversation is a brilliant concept It s like a biography only it is done completely in A interview format You truly get a look inside the man s thoughts and ideas I couldn t put it down First let 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 anythinglseIt s aimed at the fans going to depth on Bono s thoughts on verything from politics and philosophy to the ups and downs of life in the bandIt s well ordered and Michka Assayas asks the tough uestions Bono clearly prefers to avoid some topics trying to go off on tangents but much of the time he does come around
To Giving An AnswerThegiving an answerThe I like this book so much is that it shows me that Bono mbodies the principles of the foundation of Christianity the Beatitudes as written about in Plan Be by Dave Andrews and anyone seeking to be the best Christian they can be would do well to learn from him 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 The Power Of A Choice eye for anye a tooth for a tooth or in physics in physical laws very action is met by an ual or an opposite one It s clear to me that Karma is at th 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 specially 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 nd 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 The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right exposing yourself being raw I wish to begin again on a daily basis To be born againvery 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 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 whose light will remain with me 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 ver met are the most gifted "Because it s pretty girl syndrome Being gifted is like being born beautiful You don t have to work a day "it s pretty girl syndrome Being gifted is like being born beautiful You don t have to work a day a year in your life for it You were born with it In one sense it s like blue blood money gi. For the first time ver Bono the biggest rock star in the world tells his life story Bono's career is unlike any other in rock history As the lead singer of U2 Bono has sold 130 million albums won fourteen Grammys and played numerous sold out world tours but he has also lobbied and worked with world leaders from Bill Clinton and George W Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt relief AIDS and oth. ,
Ft or They are the things that should make you the most humble because they are not the "things you have arned They are the things you were given Yet it is my "you have arned They are the things you were given Yet it is my that they male people the most spoiled And the people who work the hardest and who have overcome the most obstacles on their life 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 have 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 verywhere 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 lunch I haven t aten from 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 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 left 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 later talks about rewards systems that sound paternalistic to me He asks that we not see him as some wide yed 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 xplained to conomist Robert Barro and others that the Jubilee 2000 debt cancellation was a one time happening and would not ncourage default on future debts so why is there still a Jubilee campaign Because not all debt was cancelled so just like 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 of my favorite passages is where he says that if you believe that aid is investment that debt burden is unjust in other words all his 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 the last bastion of ineuality that we allow says that we Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. 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 almostxclusively 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 ven 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 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 xplorin. 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 life 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.