The Wondering Years
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.

The Wondering Years Details

TitleThe Wondering Years
Author
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785220848
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Contemporary, Culture, Pop Culture, Biography

The Wondering Years Review

  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    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 familiar but certainly more rigid than what I grew up with. Nonetheless, I related strongly to his childhood perspectives. This book definitely made me laugh out loud (That dog-conversion chapter? Golden) and there were 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 familiar but certainly more rigid than what I grew up with. Nonetheless, I related strongly to his childhood perspectives. This book definitely made me laugh out loud (That dog-conversion chapter? Golden) and there were almost hints of, and I don't say this lightly, Dave Barry-level humor.(Update: Yeah, I don't think this one is for the audience at Servants of Grace. But it is super funny for Christians who grew up in the 80's/90's and he always manages to land the plane by the end of the chapter. No matter how bizarre the story, it ends up illuminating some aspect of his faith.)
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  • Emily Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    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 already understand to illuminate more complicated concepts. That's exactly what Knox McCoy does in The Wondering Years. In a voice that is humorous, heartwarming, and perceptive, Knox shares pop culture anecdotes and analo 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 already understand to illuminate more complicated concepts. That's exactly what Knox McCoy does in The Wondering Years. In a voice that is humorous, heartwarming, and perceptive, Knox shares pop culture anecdotes and analogies that have helped him (and now us) make sense of life and faith. Though I've never been punched in the face (you'll understand after the first chapter) and don't consider myself any sort of pop culture maven*, Knox's stories and insights were infinitely relatable. His ability to transition from funny story to personal reflection is seamless.Also, his footnotes are perfection.If you you're a Popcast fan, you will love this book.If you love Jesus and Netflix, you will love this book.If you are a bit dubious about Christianity or have lots of questions, you will love this book.If you've ever wondered who the seven suspected antichrists are, you will love this book."There's a cheesy cliche you've probably heard of: 'Not all who wander are lost.' But the truth is, not all who wonder are lost either." - Knox*The Popcast with Knox and Jamie is the only reason I ever kind of know what I'm talking about in regards to pop culture. And a lot of times, I don't always know what they're talking about. But I still tune in every Wednesday - it's that good. Same goes with this book. I didn't always catch the references, but it didn't diminish my enjoyment one bit.
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  • Tyler Mills
    January 1, 1970
    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 talented writer my entire life, I do know that this book is simultaneously the most entertaining and thought provoking piece of literature I've read in a long time. The Wondering Years is a refreshingly vulnerable 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 talented writer my entire life, I do know that this book is simultaneously the most entertaining and thought provoking piece of literature I've read in a long time. The Wondering Years is a refreshingly vulnerable look at the author's faith and life growing up in the South, filtered through the lens of pop culture. So much of Knox's life experience resonated with me personally, as it mirrors my childhood in many hilarious and painful ways, but this book is thoroughly enjoyable regardless of faith or background. Every chapter seamlessly ties pop culture references (If you've ever needed LOST, Zoolander, and Dumb & Dumber referenced in the same sentence, this is your book) and touchstones into Knox's own experiences and struggles, complete with entertaining footnotes that add another layer of wit and humor to an already incredibly funny book. The simplicity of the concept allows for the exploration of some deeply profound ideas about life and faith while remaining lighthearted and self-deprecating. I especially enjoyed that Knox admittedly doesn't have all the answers. None of us do. There's a chapter on the inflated importance that we place on conclusions in TV, books, movies, and our own lives. In reality, the journey to those conclusions is why they're worth enjoying in the first place.
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  • Laura Tremaine
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed these essays from my friend and fellow podcaster Knox McCoy. I laughed out loud throughout.
  • Kate Mcpherson
    January 1, 1970
    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 the section where he talks about converting dogs to Christianity after seeing All Dogs Go To Heaven? Literally on the floor laughing (and yes, I know what literally means). Must read.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    If you're a fan of Popcast (On Wednesdays, we Popcast!), you will definitely enjoy The Wondering Years. I could hear McCoy's voice throughout the book, although more so in the beginning. As entertaining and light as the first half of the book was, what I really appreciated was when he became more serious and talked about the evolution of his faith and the doubts and struggles he went through. I look forward to reading more from him!
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  • Britanioverman
    January 1, 1970
    "Yes, you can binge Netflix and love God!"The Wondering Years is a conversation with your best friend you didn't know you were desperately longing to have! Knox McCoy perfectly illustrates how pop culture and Christianity can coexist and it's okay to enjoy both. This book will say everything you're thinking but won't say out loud because you'll probably be dammed to hell by those listening. He perfectly sums up issues with organized religion by still being respectful. And somehow, Knox can be hi "Yes, you can binge Netflix and love God!"The Wondering Years is a conversation with your best friend you didn't know you were desperately longing to have! Knox McCoy perfectly illustrates how pop culture and Christianity can coexist and it's okay to enjoy both. This book will say everything you're thinking but won't say out loud because you'll probably be dammed to hell by those listening. He perfectly sums up issues with organized religion by still being respectful. And somehow, Knox can be hilarious and serious in his thought process for going through life which I believe everyone actually does in their own heads. Even if you disagree with Knox *cough*dinosaurs*cough* you can't help but love him! This is the most loving, open minded conversation regarding faith and pop culture you will ever engage in. A MUST READ!
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  • Tracie Collier
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoy laughing out loud while reading in public, pop culture references that stretch out for miles, and wondering about all of the wacky, sacred, denominationally challenging things that make up a Christian life, this book is for you! I can't remember the last time I laughed so much reading a book. Just delightful! If you listen to The Popcast with Knox and Jamie, you'll likely hear Knox's voice in your head as you read. You might even hear his Wheezy Laugh...who can say?! (Hallucination If you enjoy laughing out loud while reading in public, pop culture references that stretch out for miles, and wondering about all of the wacky, sacred, denominationally challenging things that make up a Christian life, this book is for you! I can't remember the last time I laughed so much reading a book. Just delightful! If you listen to The Popcast with Knox and Jamie, you'll likely hear Knox's voice in your head as you read. You might even hear his Wheezy Laugh...who can say?! (Hallucination of Wheezy Laugh not guaranteed. Please see your State's Laws and Restrictions.)Buy it. Read it. Laugh. Think. Laugh. Wonder. Repeat. Share.
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  • Ruth Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I laughed hard and it got me thinking about God in some new ways. I can't recommend it enough, if you enjoy pop culture at all, you'll love this book.
  • Nicole Burrell
    January 1, 1970
    I laughed. I cried. I did all the things, then I came back for more.Knox McCoy’s “The Wondering Years” is a candid look at his life and faith, told by way of a series of entertaining anecdotes and cultural references galore. It is -a rare thing- a book that will make you think about your own relationship with God while not boring you at all. A book that sounds and feels personal, like a friend talking to you in a coffee shop...talking to you, not at you. Big difference.Every kid who grew up in c I laughed. I cried. I did all the things, then I came back for more.Knox McCoy’s “The Wondering Years” is a candid look at his life and faith, told by way of a series of entertaining anecdotes and cultural references galore. It is -a rare thing- a book that will make you think about your own relationship with God while not boring you at all. A book that sounds and feels personal, like a friend talking to you in a coffee shop...talking to you, not at you. Big difference.Every kid who grew up in church faced a moment when they had to decide if they wanted a faith of their own, separate from the one presented to them by their parents. I distinctly remember this phase of my life. I also know that, for many second or third-generation Christians, the struggle to reconcile the image of God we were taught, with the world we live in can be difficult. Knox addresses these struggles and more, wondering what faith should feel and look like as well as asking who God is at our darkest moments. Disguised in this easy-to-read book are deep thoughts and challenging statements. And I didn’t hate that at all.On the lighter side, you are going to be hard pressed to find a book that has a stronger 90’s pop culture game than “The Wondering Years”. Knox hits all the high points AND all the Christian pop culture hits too (yes, that is a thing!). If you can work a reference to Nicolae Carpathia into your book, you’re winning in mine. If the honest look at faith is the heart of this book, the pop culture is the heartBEAT. It keeps you moving right through the pages until you’re done and you don’t want to be. Perhaps what I loved most about “The Wondering Years” was Knox’s willingness to leave his faith journey unfinished. He bypassed the pitfall of so many spiritual books, the painful pull to tie his story up in a neat bow. You don’t finish this book feeling like Knox has it all figured it out. You might not even agree with some of the things he says. That’s okay. He is just one of us, processing and reprocessing as he moves along life’s journey, and his willingness to admit that makes this book even more worthy of your time.*Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. "The Wondering Years" releases in November of 2018.*
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to W Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC of this book!Every so often, a book comes along that, when you finish the last page, you look back and realize, “I needed this book in my life at this moment.” For me, The Wondering Years was one of those books.The Wondering Years is a heart-felt account of the author’s faith journey and love of pop-culture. Knox McCoy does a fantastic job of being vulnerable with questions of faith he has been, and continues to be, wrestling with. At the same time Thanks to W Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC of this book!Every so often, a book comes along that, when you finish the last page, you look back and realize, “I needed this book in my life at this moment.” For me, The Wondering Years was one of those books.The Wondering Years is a heart-felt account of the author’s faith journey and love of pop-culture. Knox McCoy does a fantastic job of being vulnerable with questions of faith he has been, and continues to be, wrestling with. At the same time, he folds in hilarious anecdotes and illustrations of how pop-culture has helped him put words to or illustrate these wrestlings. At the beginning of some chapters, I seriously questioned how he was going to tie in a pop-culture reference to his Christian faith, but every time (and I am serious here, EVERY. TIME.) I ended the chapter nodding, saying “Ooooohhhhh...that makes sense,” under my breath, or with tears in my eyes.There are 3 reasons this book resonated with me:1. The subject of “faith crisis” has come up in multiple conversations over the time of reading this book, and many of the chapters were a punch to the gut (in a good way).2. Over the course of reading this book, sermons and other books I have been reading ended up reminding me of sections of Knox’s book (specifically Ch. 12 Knox McCoy, Evangelist to That Kid I Met on a Mission Trip) and great discussions ensued. 3. I grew up in the same decades as Knox, and often found myself delighting in the pop-culture references (except for Ch. 4 Knox McCoy, Canine Evangelist, because no one needs to be reminded about All Dogs Go to Heaven and how soul-crushing that movie was for my 9 year old self).In regards to number 3, I am going to be honest: if you have little to no knowledge of pop-culture, this book may not be for you, as the references will probably not make any sense at all. However, if you have somewhat of a handle on pop-culture, have questions about God and Christianity, love Jesus but have questions, and/or like really, really good writing, I cannot recommend this book enough.
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  • Kwl
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you W Publishing for an early look at a book I’ve been looking forward to for months! The number of times I found myself nodding along to Knox’s childhood pop culture memories were too many to count! I’ve lived all of these years not realizing there were other people in the world who associate Wheelof Fortune so strongly with bedtime! East cost 8:00 p.m. bedtime struggles. From Beverly Hills 90210 to those evangelical t-shirts Knox nailed the life experience I remember growing up as a sout Thank you W Publishing for an early look at a book I’ve been looking forward to for months! The number of times I found myself nodding along to Knox’s childhood pop culture memories were too many to count! I’ve lived all of these years not realizing there were other people in the world who associate Wheelof Fortune so strongly with bedtime! East cost 8:00 p.m. bedtime struggles. From Beverly Hills 90210 to those evangelical t-shirts Knox nailed the life experience I remember growing up as a southern, baptist girl. I didn’t realize how many of my memories were so universal for us at the time. Now, my only hesitation going into this book was that I’m pretty far theologically and spiritually from where I was back then. I was afraid the fact that it was a Christian publisher would mean that I’d have to wade through a lot of being hit on the head with evangelical “truths” in order to get to the good stuff I was looking for about 90s pop culture but I needn’t worry. Knox made a lot of the same discoveries I did along the way and he used those experiences to explain who he is today. I never felt hit on the head sothanks for that,Knox! If you loved pop culture in the 90s, remember the very confusing feelings of hell houses, or appreciate a memoir from someone who is honest about very specific things they wished they’d done differently along the way - there’s something for you here!
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard that Knox McCoy from my favorite podcast was going to write a book about pop culture, I was really excited. I guess I figured it was going to be an extension of the podcast, just minus Jamie. I had heard the advertising and the build up and the moment there was a publication date, I checked to see if the book could be pre-ordered. I read the blurb and decided to pre-order. THEN I found out that I could be part of the launch team and immediately signed up! I received an ARC of The Wo When I heard that Knox McCoy from my favorite podcast was going to write a book about pop culture, I was really excited. I guess I figured it was going to be an extension of the podcast, just minus Jamie. I had heard the advertising and the build up and the moment there was a publication date, I checked to see if the book could be pre-ordered. I read the blurb and decided to pre-order. THEN I found out that I could be part of the launch team and immediately signed up! I received an ARC of The Wondering Years from the publisher, via NetGalley. I read this book in one sitting, taking breaks for important stuff like letting the dog out. I enjoyed all of the pop culture references. The author and I grew up in the same era, so all of his references resonated with me and my growing up years. The pacing was quick, but thorough. The language a was clear and easy to understand. The memoir feeling combined with the pop culture references made for an enjoyable read. There were a few flaws, however. The footnotes in the digital copy were not well-placed and some of the notes and jokes lacked the comedic timing intended. I am sure that will be taken care of in publication. And in one instance, McCoy refers to former Georgia and current Detroit Lions quarterback as Matt Stafford. That is NOT his name. His name is Matthew Stafford. This is a small and trivial piece of pop culture trivia, but as a fan of Stafford and his family (Instragram is a fun place), I know how much he does not like to be referred to as Matt and its appearance in the book stuck with me.Overall, I enjoyed the book. I was glad to have a sneak peek.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book combined some of my favorite things - faith, pop culture, childhood nostalgia, sarcasm and storytelling. The author does a great job weaving in personal stories while sprinkling in references about some old favorites like Pee Wee Herman, He-Man, the Simpsons, Family Matters and more! How he manages to make me smile, laugh, and cry all in one chapter is mind boggling, but it happened time and time again. He weaves together metaphors that build into full-blown life lessons, and I love a This book combined some of my favorite things - faith, pop culture, childhood nostalgia, sarcasm and storytelling. The author does a great job weaving in personal stories while sprinkling in references about some old favorites like Pee Wee Herman, He-Man, the Simpsons, Family Matters and more! How he manages to make me smile, laugh, and cry all in one chapter is mind boggling, but it happened time and time again. He weaves together metaphors that build into full-blown life lessons, and I love a good metaphor! If you love The Popcast or Bible Binge, you will love this book because it has a similar style that I am here for!I appreciate his heartfelt, and some might say irreverent approach to faith, because it speaks to a generation of folks who have really struggled to make sense of a childhood spent in and absorbed by church. He speaks at length to the processes he has gone through to get from dog evangelist to God seeker. Much like Mr. McCoy, I struggle with knowing when to sign off, so I'll just say that I highly recommend this book, and HEY! Look over there!
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  • Rachel Vander Ley
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly, I rarely give books 5 stars. I feel like that’s for the Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium type of books. I wish Goodreads would let you rate books to the 10th degree, because then I would give this book a 4.8 and be happy instead of sitting here running my finger between 4 and 5.But, my finger hovered over the 5 and committed, mostly because I can’t remember the last book I read that I highlighted as much or screenshot as much or sent excerpts to my friends as much. There were times I lite Honestly, I rarely give books 5 stars. I feel like that’s for the Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium type of books. I wish Goodreads would let you rate books to the 10th degree, because then I would give this book a 4.8 and be happy instead of sitting here running my finger between 4 and 5.But, my finger hovered over the 5 and committed, mostly because I can’t remember the last book I read that I highlighted as much or screenshot as much or sent excerpts to my friends as much. There were times I literally shook with laughter as I lay with my children trying to get them to sleep, so I couldn’t laugh out loud, but I couldn’t not laugh. But, then Knox would take an anecdote, dig deeper, and slap me over the face with truth. I love that skill. He makes it seem so effortless, but it is so rare. I was introduced to Knox through his podcast, and I am a big fan of their work. When I heard he was writing a book, I knew I had to get my hands on it because that’s just what I do with all Popcast and Popcast adjacent content. I’m glad I did, because I will be rolling a lot of his truth nuggets around in my brain for quite awhile.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Knox is a part of a Podcast called the Popcast. Their motto is: we educate you on the things that do not matter. In this book, Knox did the exact opposite. He educated us on the things that do matter - with a little bit on the things that don't. As a enneagram 4wing5, and married to an enneagram 5 - reading this book felt very much at home, and a creepily clear glimpse into conversations I have with my husband. There were many times I would poke my husband, make him stop watching his 'learn to c Knox is a part of a Podcast called the Popcast. Their motto is: we educate you on the things that do not matter. In this book, Knox did the exact opposite. He educated us on the things that do matter - with a little bit on the things that don't. As a enneagram 4wing5, and married to an enneagram 5 - reading this book felt very much at home, and a creepily clear glimpse into conversations I have with my husband. There were many times I would poke my husband, make him stop watching his 'learn to code a videogame' youtube video and listen to me read portions of this book out loud to him - he would chuckle, laugh heartily, or just got YAS, and return to his video. If you know my husband, this is the highest compliment. I aggressively support you reading this book. Knox beautifully weaves extremely specific cultural references in with life, faith, crisis, and everyday high jinks. I could not put this book down once I started. I laughed, maybe cried, re-read portions so they would stick, and wondered if Knox was secretly a family member making movie references I thought only my brothers and I found important. Thank you Knox for putting this book out into the world!
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    The Wondering YearsHow Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questionsby Knox McCoyThomas Nelson--W PublishingThomas NelsonChristianPub Date 13 Nov 2018I am reviewing a copy of The Wondering Years through Thomas Nelson -W Publishing and Netgalley:In this book we are reminded that though Pop Culture won't cure diseases, topple political regimes or make scientific breakthroughs but it does play a vital role in the story of humanity.It is in fact pretty hard to define the human experience wit The Wondering YearsHow Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questionsby Knox McCoyThomas Nelson--W PublishingThomas NelsonChristianPub Date 13 Nov 2018I am reviewing a copy of The Wondering Years through Thomas Nelson -W Publishing and Netgalley:In this book we are reminded that though Pop Culture won't cure diseases, topple political regimes or make scientific breakthroughs but it does play a vital role in the story of humanity.It is in fact pretty hard to define the human experience without it. And it is impossible to create pop culture without the human experience. Popular podcaster Knox Mccoy understands this as do the tens of thousands of listeners who tune into his podcasts weekly to listen to him talk about Pop Culture!In the Wondering Years Knox Mccoy explores the 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 faith.In a humorous style Knox Mccoy is able to draw his life experiences to pop culture.I give The Wondering Years five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • Reannon
    January 1, 1970
    Despite the fact that I read 75-85 books a year, I have actually never written a book review. But I loved this book so much! I was already a fan of Knox’s from his podcast, The Popcast, but being a great talker doesn’t mean you’re going to be a great writer. Well, Knox is both. This book is funny and moving and gives such grace to those of us who go through life trying to figure things out and also knowing we never will. Knox writes of faith but as a journey, not as someone preaching or with any Despite the fact that I read 75-85 books a year, I have actually never written a book review. But I loved this book so much! I was already a fan of Knox’s from his podcast, The Popcast, but being a great talker doesn’t mean you’re going to be a great writer. Well, Knox is both. This book is funny and moving and gives such grace to those of us who go through life trying to figure things out and also knowing we never will. Knox writes of faith but as a journey, not as someone preaching or with any agenda other than sorting through his own path and sharing in a way that leaves others feeling as though they are not alone. His handle on pop culture references is unsurpassed. I don’t know how many times I felt in awe or laughed out loud at his analogies that he built from such a deep trove of pop culture references. Most of all, this is a book about facing your faith while facing yourself and the story of one man making his way through this messy life we all must walk. But this story brings laughter and hope and healing.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure what to expect when reading this book. I knew I liked the author's sensibilities from listening to his podcasts: the Popcast with Knox and Jamie and The Bible Binge. I also knew I liked his writing style from reading his newsletter Sectional Healing, so I was very hopeful. The book did not disappoint! His point of view came through clearly and in his distinct "voice", and while there were moments of great humor (as in: legit laugh-out-loud moments at inappropriate times in MY life) I wasn't sure what to expect when reading this book. I knew I liked the author's sensibilities from listening to his podcasts: the Popcast with Knox and Jamie and The Bible Binge. I also knew I liked his writing style from reading his newsletter Sectional Healing, so I was very hopeful. The book did not disappoint! His point of view came through clearly and in his distinct "voice", and while there were moments of great humor (as in: legit laugh-out-loud moments at inappropriate times in MY life), there was also a sense of vulnerability and letting the reader into the core of what makes him tick. Not only was the book clearly heartfelt and FROM the heart, it will be one that I purchase multiple copies of to give as gifts to people I care about. There is no higher praise I can offer than that fact.
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  • Natasha Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Knox and I are a few decades apart in age but growing up in Southern church culture myself, I could relate to so many of his musings about God, faith and religious questions! That the man knows pop culture has been evident since the dawn of his wonderful podcast! I enjoyed seeing how he cleverly wove together aspects of pop culture and how those aspects helped him wrestle with growing up and finding his own faith journey! The book is thoughtful and hilarious and Knox’s personality was able to sh Knox and I are a few decades apart in age but growing up in Southern church culture myself, I could relate to so many of his musings about God, faith and religious questions! That the man knows pop culture has been evident since the dawn of his wonderful podcast! I enjoyed seeing how he cleverly wove together aspects of pop culture and how those aspects helped him wrestle with growing up and finding his own faith journey! The book is thoughtful and hilarious and Knox’s personality was able to shine through each chapter! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good storytelling! There’s warmth and humor in every anecdote! Besides who doesn’t want to hear about canine evangelism?!Thank you Net Galley and W Publishers for this launch team opportunity and advanced copy of the book! #teamknox #thewonderingyears
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  • Amy Guth
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great read! Knox tackles some big questions and subject matter in a way that is lighthearted but still thought provoking. I didn't fully realize, until I read this book, how much pop culture influenced my own childhood and even now as a middle age-ish adult. Knox talks about his faith and Christianity in this book, but he does so in a way that is palatable; not preachy. This book will make you "LOL!", it will make you exclaim to yourself, "I remember that show!" and it will make you th This is a great read! Knox tackles some big questions and subject matter in a way that is lighthearted but still thought provoking. I didn't fully realize, until I read this book, how much pop culture influenced my own childhood and even now as a middle age-ish adult. Knox talks about his faith and Christianity in this book, but he does so in a way that is palatable; not preachy. This book will make you "LOL!", it will make you exclaim to yourself, "I remember that show!" and it will make you think about how the stories and culture relate to your own life and faith. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Holli Davila
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever wanted Steve Urkel or one of the Golden Girls to have a chat with you about your worldview? Well, Knox McCoy enters into a conversation about musings, curiosities, and complexities in life that have left us wondering for years. It is playful, respectful, vulnerable, funny, and sincere. I have a long list of people I will recommend this to. The best part: he leads you through some of life's hardee questions, but he doesn't preach at you. He left your wonder and consider for yourself Have you ever wanted Steve Urkel or one of the Golden Girls to have a chat with you about your worldview? Well, Knox McCoy enters into a conversation about musings, curiosities, and complexities in life that have left us wondering for years. It is playful, respectful, vulnerable, funny, and sincere. I have a long list of people I will recommend this to. The best part: he leads you through some of life's hardee questions, but he doesn't preach at you. He left your wonder and consider for yourself. Highly recommend!
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  • Bethany Boynton
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to W Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC of this book!I've been listening to Knox McCoy on both of his podcasts for years so I had high expectations for this book and I was not disappointed. Knox and I were raised very similarly in deep-south-faith so I understood and related to everything he said. His ability to relate the nuances of Christianity with "Godless" pop culture made me smile over and over again.Whether you're a Christian or not, a pop culture junkie or not, you will love Knox Thanks to W Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC of this book!I've been listening to Knox McCoy on both of his podcasts for years so I had high expectations for this book and I was not disappointed. Knox and I were raised very similarly in deep-south-faith so I understood and related to everything he said. His ability to relate the nuances of Christianity with "Godless" pop culture made me smile over and over again.Whether you're a Christian or not, a pop culture junkie or not, you will love Knox's wit, endless analogies, and unique perspective on life. His style of storytelling and relating is so unique and made me laugh out loud repeatedly. And if you are a Christian, you will so appreciate his honesty about grappling with his faith."In other words, faith is a lot like Mary Poppins's purse; very simple idea, deeply complicated contents."
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  • Donna McPherson
    January 1, 1970
    SIBA 2018 pre-release copy Good book overall. Not my style. If you like stories narrated like "A Christmas Story" and "The Wonder Years" then this is a book for you. It is interesting and entertaining with good observations about life, but not engaging enough that I could finish it in one sitting. The footnotes made it for me. I prefer more of an ending and more of a plot than the seemingly random narration that is the author's life. The author prefers the "Irish goodbye where you just leave."
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  • Elyse Kinard
    January 1, 1970
    I feel so lucky to get the opportunity to read The Wondering Years before so many others! Knox is so funny and as soon as he said his book was ready for presale I jumped at the chance to buy it! Knox is hilariously funny and hits the nail on the head on so many pop culture topics from his and my childhood.Good job Knox Mccoy! Excited to continue to follow you on all the socials :)
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    As a child of the 80s and a fan of pop culture now, I loved this one. It had just enough humor and just enough serious Jesus talk to make it a delightful, quick read.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Loved Knox’s take on faith and culture. A great read for anyone who has asked questions about God and Netflix.
  • Amy Noe
    January 1, 1970
    I was greatly privileged to have been given the opportunity to be part of this book's launch team and had a chance to read it two months before it's release date. I was interested in reading it from the day it was announced because I'm OBSESSED with Knox's podcast, The Popcast. I jumped at the chance to pre-order the book and was thrilled to be accepted on the launch team. Anyway - the book was fantastic! I think I might have laughed out loud at this book more than any other I have ever read. Kn I was greatly privileged to have been given the opportunity to be part of this book's launch team and had a chance to read it two months before it's release date. I was interested in reading it from the day it was announced because I'm OBSESSED with Knox's podcast, The Popcast. I jumped at the chance to pre-order the book and was thrilled to be accepted on the launch team. Anyway - the book was fantastic! I think I might have laughed out loud at this book more than any other I have ever read. Knox has an innate talent at relating pop culture references to everyday faith and life. Each chapter has a unique look at different pop culture ideals and how they connected to his own life and helped shape his faith. What struck me most about this book was simply how much I could relate to it! I'm knocking it down half a star rating because I think if you are not in your 30's, or you didn't pay any attention to pop culture in the last 30 years, you probably won't get as much out of this book. There were quite a few sports references that went over my head because I care nothing about sports, though the names of many were at least recognizable to me. But the tv and movie references? SO on point. And absolutely hilarious. Knox's church experience was also so similar to my own growing up that it made for a supremely entertaining book and I would recommend it to anyone!
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