Belieber!: Fame, Faith, and the Heart of Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber's rise from "regular kid" to one of the most famous people on the planet has captivated a nation of devoted fans called 'Beliebers.' With hit records, 8 million followers on Twitter and the third-largest grossing documentary film of all time, the 17-year-old Canadian pop star dubbed 'Super Boy' on Rolling Stone's recent cover has countless fans who hang on his every word. But is there more to this pop idol's startling success than his legendary haircut and unusual talent? 'The success I've achieved comes ... from God,' Bieber says "I feel I have an obligation to plant little seeds with my fans. I'm not going to tell them, 'You need Jesus,' but I will say at the end of my show, 'God loves you.'' The bold yet humble faith that grounds Bieber's worldview may just be the key to his extraordinary appeal. Recognizing that music and film are the language of this new generation, author and religion journalist Cathleen Falsani's hope is that this book will encourage faith leaders as well as parents to engage with popular culture in a different way so they can better talk to their kids about what matters most.

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Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise from a regular kid in small-town Canada to “the most fa- mous teenager on the planet” has captivated the imagination of a generation of young devotees known as “Beliebers.” With record-setting album sales, more than 11 million followers on Twitter and the highest-grossing concert film of all time, the 17-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 be- hind 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.

About the Author:

Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning journalist and author. Currently a columnist for Religion News Service and an editor for Sojourners in Washington, D.C., she is best known for her personal interview profiles of Barack Obama, Bono of U2, Elie Wiesel, Anne Rice, Studs Terkel, Annie Lennox and many other notables. She is the author of three critically acclaimed books and was the religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times from 2000-2010. She and her husband live in Laguna Beach, California, with their son.

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