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December 7, 2018

The Wondering Years {Knox McCoy}

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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 hard to define the human experience without it. And it’s impossible to create pop culture without the human experience. Popular podcaster Knox McCoy understands this, and so do the tens of thousands of listeners who tune in to hear him talk about pop culture every week on his wildly popular podcast, The Popcast with Knox and Jamie.


In The Wondering Years, Knox explores this idea of connecting popular culture to his own experiences. Through hilarious yet poignant stories, he reflects on how pop culture has helped shape his life and carve out the foundation of his faith. While the three cultural tentpoles—the South, the Church, and Sports—defined many aspects of his East Tennessee upbringing, it was pop culture that most definitively influenced Knox and his sense of the world at large.

Through books, television, music, and movies, Knox found many of the answers he was searching for about God and the universe and why we are all here. The Wondering Years is a hilarious look back at the key influences that shaped Knox’s formative years and his faith, a reminder of our own encounters with pop culture that have shaped each of our formative years and continue to influence us today.


My Thoughts:
Once upon a time I discovered Knox McCoy's podcast, The Popcast, and discovered a huge appreciation for his amazing pop culture combined with a fast wit and the ability to turn unlikely occurrences into something meaningful in life. This book embodies every one of those characteristics in the most refreshing way.

As someone who finds themselves completely fascinated with pop culture, but also has a love and desire for Jesus, I appreciate Knox's ability to combine these two worlds in a relevant way. His story-telling is hilarious and brings back so many memories of growing up in the 80s and 90s. Yet he finds a way to take each of his memories and use it as a method of getting to Christianity and how it also plays out in his life.

I laughed out loud through many pages of this book, nodded my head in agreement, and found myself in awe of some of the connections he was able to make. I appreciated every aspect of this book and know I will find myself flipping through it again and again in the future. I am proud to have it as an addition to my bookshelf.


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