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Sunday Will Never Be the Same: A Rock and Roll Journalist Opens Her Ears to God

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Love and beauty.


From when she was a little girl, Dawn Eden Goldstein knew she wanted those things—that in them, somehow, she would find God.

But her life’s search led her away from the temples of her childhood Judaism to the music clubs of Greenwich Village, where she became an acolyte of a new religion: rock & roll. Over the years she earned renown as a rock critic and historian, moving among some of popular music’s biggest names, all the while straining to capture that transcendent love and beauty in their every note and lyric.

Yet her longing only deepened; the hole in her heart only grew. God’s voice was calling her, but first she needed ears to hear.

In Sunday Will Never Be the Same, Goldstein (The Thrill of the Chaste) recounts her spiritual journey in beautifully wrought detail, mixing powerful accounts of trauma, healing, and epiphany with funny and poignant anecdotes from inside the music scene. It is the rare “conversion story” that delights as it inspires, amuses as it edifies—and ultimately lays before the reader a lived testimony to the transforming grace of Christ.


“This is the story of a young woman’s journey through the dark minefield of modernity, of a lost soul who searched in vain for joy before finding it in the place where it had awaited her all along. It is a conversion story, written with equal measures of frankness and delicacy. It is also a vivid snapshot of the world of American pop music at century’s end. Whatever your faith—or lack of it—you will put down Sunday Will Never Be the Same filled with gratitude for having been given the opportunity to accompany Dawn Eden Goldstein on her pilgrimage from confusion to certainty.”-Terry Teachout, drama critic, The Wall Street Journal.


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Dawn Eden Goldstein
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  • 5

    A heartfelt, candid autobiography

    Posted by Liz F on Jan 2nd 2022

    REVISED REVIEW: ©2019. This biography begins with the author's recollections of her life and thoughts of God at the time of her parents' divorce when she was 5 years old (she was born in 1968). Her family was Jewish. Throughout her adolescence and young adult years she had suicidal thoughts and depression, stemming in part from abuse she suffered at a young age. She found solace in music and became very knowledgeable about the music scene and performers. Attending concerts in New York City sustained her and gave her something to look forward to. She later regretted not majoring in journalism while attending New York University, as this would have helped her career prospects. But through various connections she found freelance projects and other work and made a name for herself as a rock historian. She sought fulfillment in romantic relationships, but the men she dated typically didn't appreciate her or understand her. She also struggled with her self-image and weight. Her mother had converted from Judaism to Christianity and encouraged her to do the same. She sometimes attended church with her mother and step-father and would read the bible. Others encouraged her and she found herself increasingly drawn to the Christian faith. Stress over her job situation led her to pray, and the positive results she experienced strengthened her faith. Resonating with conservative Christian values made her feel she was an anomaly among her peers and professional colleagues in New York. Joining a group of G.K. Chesteron enthusiasts connected her with others with similar values. The intercession of St. Maximillian Kolbe during a work crisis was a turning point that drew her toward Catholicism. Although she was fired as a result of a pro-life stance she had taken, that led to an article being written about her in the New York Observer, which opened the door to her writing a book called The Thrill of the Chaste. She sought out RCIA instruction and became a Catholic. Though she didn't fully understand why, she felt the need to draw back from her relationship with her mother to many complex emotions from the past that were still affecting her. Soon after relocating to Washington DC, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent surgery. When an elderly Catholic priest encouraged her to pursue a doctorate in theology, she initially rejected idea, not feeling equal to the challenge (she eventually did earn the degree). The author's keen sense of justice and willingness to take a courageous stand for her beliefs are very admirable. The book is told in an honest and heartfelt way, and is a moving testimonial to the power of prayer and faith.

  • 4

    Sunday will never be the Same

    Posted by Judi Feekin on Jul 2nd 2019

    I really enjoyed the book. In fact, I started reading right away, and couldn't put it down! I've hardly ever done that.

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