Are You A Belieber?
Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise from a regular kid in small-town Canada to “the most famous teenager on the planet” has captivated the imagination of a generation of young devotees known as “beliebers.” With record-setting album sales, more than 33 million followers on Twitter, and the highest grossing concert film of all time, the 18-year-old pop star has legions of fans around the globe who hang on his every word.
Is there something more to Bieber’s unprecedented success than his innate cuteness and preternatural musical talents? Could a powerful spiritual yearning be lurking behind all the purple and puppy-love lyrics?
With the keen eye of a veteran religion journalist and culture watcher, Cathleen Falsani takes an in-depth look at how the bold yet humble faith of this teenage ubercelebrity is not only a key to his staggering popularity, but an influence that is shaping the lives and hearts of young people (and more than a few of their parents) worldwide.
Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and author who specializes in the intersection of spirituality and popular culture. Currently a staff religion columnist for the Orange County Register in Orange County, California. Cathleen is best known for her personal interview profiles of Barack Obama, Bono of U2, Elie Wiesel, Hugh Hefner, Anne Rice, Dusty Baker, Melissa Etheridge, Studs Terkel, Michael Gerson, Annie Lennox and many other notables. She is the author of three critically acclaimed books The God Factor, Sin Boldly, and The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers. Religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times from 2000 - 2010, Cathleen now lives in Laguna Beach, California, with her husband, fellow author and Pulitzer Prize - winning journalist Maurice Possley, and their son, Vasco.
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September 27, 2011