Dearly Beloved

Prince, Spirituality, and This Thing Called Life

Dearly Beloved

Prince, Spirituality, and This Thing Called Life

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Available April 22, 2025

"Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."

When Prince spoke those words over celestial organ sounds in the opening moments of "Let's Go Crazy," he wasn't just inaugurating yet another Billboard Hot 100 hit--one of forty-seven in his career; he was also giving voice to the deep-seated and richly complex spiritual underpinning of his art. Prince is beloved by millions worldwide, and a true legend of the pop genre. Yet most of his fans don't recognize the spiritual messages coded within his work, nor understand the connections between Prince's own religious devotion--which evolved over time--and the sexualized messages of his music. Prince was beguiling and used his seductive and mysterious charm to draw his fans into his spiritual and cosmic worldviews, often without their knowledge.

In Dearly Beloved, Pamela Ayo Yetunde, a lifelong Prince fan and founder of the Theology of Prince project when she taught at United Theological Seminary in Prince's own Minneapolis, decodes the spiritual and sexual messages behind Prince's work, from For You to Graffiti Bridge to The Rainbow Children and beyond.

Exploring more than forty years of his music and art, you will discover Prince as a spiritual giant. He might not have always gotten it right, but nonetheless he cast a powerful vision for what it means to be dearly beloved, what it takes to gather intentionally, the opportunities presented by being in the present, and how to engage with the complexities of human experience. For anyone who loves Prince, is inspired by him, is confused by his lyrics, or is curious about what his music means--and for all who live in search of deeper meaning and tools for cultivating resilience in difficult times--Dearly Beloved is an essential spiritual guide.

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9798889831600
  • eBook ISBN 9798889831617
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75
  • Pages 240
  • Publication Date April 22, 2025
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