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Exploring the Ministry of “The Boss”

11 Jun

For Immediate Release


"According to Symynkywicz, Born in the USA is not only Springsteen's greatest album, it represents the ambiguity of his gospel, his lover's quarrel with an America he loves and fumes against. Symynkywicz explores these theological and political questions with the deftness of a Harvard-trained minister and a great Springsteen fan. . . . [At times] you'll want to stop reading, turn on the Boss and dance in the dark, maybe even praying while you do."
-Publishers Weekly

Louisville, KY-Bruce Springsteen claimed the respect, admiration, and loyalty of his fans by connecting each of his songs with their deepest personal experiences. He taught hope and courage with "Born to Run," he gave a voice to society's marginalized with "The Ghost of Tom Joad," and he grieved with us after the September 11 attacks with "My City of Ruins." Now, thirty-five years since the release of his first album, "The Boss" has reasserted himself as one of the most innovative and influential songwriters of rock and roll with Magic.

In The Gospel according to Bruce Springsteen, Jeffrey Symynkywicz, a minister and dedicated Springsteen fan, closely examines the spiritual themes and messages in each of Springsteen's adored albums in an accessible and engaging style. "Written clearly at the heart of the good news according to Bruce Springsteen," Symynkywicz writes, "is the affirmation that no principality or power-no forces seen or unseen, no terror-mad souls or devilish plots-can ever separate us from the love that is in our souls."

Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a Unitarian Universalist minister in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

To schedule an interview with Jeffrey Symynkywicz,
please contact Emily Kiefer at (502) 569-5811 or

The Gospel according to Bruce Springsteen:
Rock and Redemption, from Asbury Park to Magic
Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz
978-0-664-23169-9 * paper * $16.95

Westminster John Knox Press is the trade and academic publishing imprint of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. With a publishing heritage of more than 160 years, the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation publishes more than 80 new works each year, while maintaining a backlist of more than 1,600 active titles sold around the world.Contact: Emily Kiefer, (502) 569-5811,


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