Free ebook for One Step Closer by Christian Scharen

Now through August 27, the ebook for One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God by Christian Scharen is free from participating retailers. 

More information and a list of participating retailers is available here.


“Scharen organizes his book around scriptural and theological themes: prophecy, parables, apocalypse, faith, hope and love. In each case he offers an accessible description of the theological locus. . . . U2 in conversation with a professional theologian is rich fare indeed.”
—Jason Byassee, Christian Century

U2 is widely hailed as the greatest rock and roll band in the world, and lead singer Bono is often seen in the media touting humanitarian goals. Now Christian Scharen provides a thoughtful look at the driving force behind the band.

Bono and other band members are marked by the Christian faith of their Irish backgrounds. Scharen reflects on how U2 “fits within the longer Christian tradition of voices that point us to the cross, to Jesus, and to the power of God’s ways in the world” as he explores the music’s honest spiritual questioning.

Music lovers, pastors, and anyone on the path to God will value this book.

Christian Scharen (PhD, Emory University) is assistant professor of worship and theology and codirector of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has authored a number of books, including One Step Closer and Faith as a Way of Life. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Scharen has served congregations in California, Georgia, and Connecticut.