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BONO: A Look at the Man Behind the Music

Updated on September 15, 2016
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Theresa desires to share inspirational writings from her heart and sharing of those who are making an impact in this world.


It‘s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who’s actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who spends himself for a worthy cause.” ----President Theodore Roosevelt

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The Man Behind the Music


Bono has had huge success as a musician with the band U2. Another area of great success for Paul David Hewson, who is known to most as just Bono, is his motivation to help people who are suffering. He is also co-founder of The ONE Campaign.


Bono is very confident on stage, and in reality he is very genuine and humble. One can truly appreciate his heart and feel his passion for the less fortunate.


Most everyone who know Bono, know that he grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He had a Protestant mother and a Catholic father. He is uneasy with religious labels because of what he experienced during the 1970s, with the “Troubles” of that time. However, Bono is a believer in Jesus Christ, and professes Christ as his Savior.


A good friend of Bono’s, Eugene Peterson, who is the author of The Message and Run With The Horses, had a great influence on Bono and his spiritual journey. Both of those books have had a great influence on many.


Bono lost his mother when he was about the age of 13. Years later, he discovered a film that a distant family member had of his mother at the age of 24. She was just playing rounders on the beach. He was bracing himself to watch the VHS, but then he just saw this beautiful creature running in this kind of Super 8 movement after having hit the ball. He looks forward to meeting her again. Music is what filled that loss in his life and it deepened his faith. His relationship with his father was a bit strained. Bono referred to him back then as sergeant major for he was just trying to keep him in line and dealing with his own grief.


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The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

How It All Started


Bono met his wife, Ali, the same week he joined U2. She was 15 and he was 16. He calls her an extraordinary woman. They have been married for a very long time, and Bono fees that he still has not quite gotten to know her. They have been through everything together.


Bono had a friend, Reggie Manuel, who drove him to meet Larry Mullen, who had placed a note up on the board in high school, looking for people to join The Larry Mullen Band. Bono did not want to go, as he was so shy. He was shy to confront that side of himself, even though he knew, as a kid, he would wake up with melodies in his head. He describes it as inherited wealth. It is a gift. He understands it was a gift, and so he tries to not be arrogant about it, as other things do make him arrogant, such as insecurity, which seems odd. Bono states that insecurity is one's best security, if one is an artist. He writes out of that emptiness, trying to fill that hole, that void, which probably came out of loss for him. Music fills that God-shaped hole for him.


Bono - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011

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Humanitarian Efforts


When Bono started working with governments around the world, and particularly the U.S. with PEPFAR and other efforts, such as the TED Conference in Long Beach. Amazingly, over 7,000 children each and every day live because of that collective effort, where Bono really did push in the beginning when it comes to AIDS and helping children get through disease and malaria and other things. In addition to that, fifty-one million children in Africa can go to school because governments can allocate resources to education. That is visionary and comes right from God’s heart. Bono believes that when you align yourself with God’s purpose as described in the Scriptures, something special happens in your life. The ONE Campaign.


It is so important that we be able to work with people with different expressions of our faith and be the hands and feet of Jesus as we reach the poor, and the widows and orphans, and do the things the Scripture and the Lord asks us to do. And Bono is doing it!


One of the reasons Bono became an activist is due to the waste of human potential, and the job of love is to realize potential. When one sees lives squandered in the developing world because they cannot get access to medicines that we can buy anywhere, or they cannot vaccinate their children for measles, then one knows something is up. This is the area Bono feels strongly in his heart where he must serve.


ONE Campaign

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C. S. Lewis quotes:

“When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that’s left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less.”

His Faith


Bono thinks of the Psalms in the Bible as “The Blues” and he likes David in the Bible, because he is a musician. He believes it is very important that Christians be honest with God, just like when David's (of the Bible) life turned upside down when Saul tried to kill him by throwing a spear at him, and he had to run for his life into that cave where he hid on the edge of Israel and wrote the psalm.


Bono is cutting edge and many “religious” folk may think he is a bit too edgy. However, he believes we have to be a bit more cutting edge and not look to the obvious signs of righteousness. Jesus was very suspicious of them. Bono looks deeper into the actions.


Jesus begins His ministry by walking into the temple and said “that the blind may see, set the captives free, the poor …” Apart from personal redemption, which is the key, the second most important drive of the entire New Testament is against injustice and where we see it, in little or large ways.


When asked by a journalist about how so often those that struggle with accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior---the idea that He is the Messiah, and what his thoughts were, Bono stated that Jesus does not let you off the hook. The Scriptures do not let you off the hook so easily. So, Jesus died on a cross as “King of the Jews,” as the Messiah. In fact, if He had just given that bit up, there would not have been the crucifixion. And Pilate was saying it is unnecessary. Everyone was saying, “this is kind of mad,” as Bono puts it, because when people say, “good teacher,” “prophet,” “really nice guy,” this is not how Jesus thought of himself.


So you are left with a challenge in that, which is either Jesus was who He said He was, or a complete and utter nut case. You have to make a choice on that. And Bono believes that Jesus is the Son of God. However, Bono feels that we should be very respectful of people who find that ridiculous and people who find that preposterous. Bono sees this on a poetic level. The idea that there’s a force of love and logic behind the universe. In the Book of John in the Bible, we have, “In the beginning was the Word, “…”and the Word was” which Bono gets the sense of this unfathomable love and logic behind the universe. But it has to describe itself, and then you see this child born in straw.


It is so perfect to him in that, one does not have to go a university and have a Ph.D. to understand it, just go to the person of Christ. That is how he does it, and Bono says it can be very annoying following this person of Christ around because He’s very demanding of your life.


Bono believes that it is so important, where the quote speaks to the self-righteousness of humanity. The hypocrisy of the human heart is a remarkable thing. And the piety of the faithful can be a really annoying thing – and judgmentalism. Bono believes it is so, so important, to not be judgmental.


U2 Lifts Praises to God at a Concert - Yahweh and a Psalm 40 Song!

Boldly Proclaiming Christ to the World


At the end of their concert, U2 closed with 2 songs lifting up our God. They begin with the powerful song "Yahweh" and end with a song "40" which is their interpretation of Psalm 40. It's truly awesome to see such a huge band boldly proclaiming Christ to the world.


Psalm 40 - "The Blues" to U2

"For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]5 Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened[c]— burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require. 7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.[e]8 I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. 12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. 13 Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay."

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Never Give Up for You Never Know What God Has in Store for You and Many Others!


On March 5,1982, I saw U2 in concert in Tampa, Florida, where they were the warm-up band to the J. Geils Band. They were just starting out then. Unfortunately, they were booed off the stage as their music was so different than that of the J. Geils Band (you now "My Baby is a Centerfold," plus they were unknown).


I praise God they did not just give up and quit due to rejection! Think of what a difference has been made in this world due to the band not breaking up. Always remember, whatever the gift you have been given, you are to use it to the full, just as Bono has, to His glory, where many millions have reaped the benefits!


© Copyright Faith Reaper, December 16 , 2013


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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Faith: I loved reading this interesting article on Bono. I did not know about this background and how he got started. I was aware of the world-wide work he does for the poor and I so admire him for that. I enjoy his music and the U2 band. I have never seen him in concert but would love to do so. Thanks for enlightening us about Bono and that he works in Christ. This was so interesting and informative.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I didn't know much about Bono's background before reading your interesting hub, Faith. Very well done, thoroughly researched and engaging. It is inspiring to know what motivates people to give back so much to their world community, as this man has done.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So right Faith we must have Jesus to get to heaven and it is so easy, all we have to do is believe and repent. If we believe Jesus will help us with the repenting. All through the Old Testament Jesus was there and teachers like Zola Levitt now gone home but his books and tapes are still here, online no doubt, but he was a Jewish Christian and I am telling you no one can tell you any better, knowing both sides so well. Just recommending him to anyone who has a problem with this. He was just my favorite for so long. But you need no preacher teacher or anyone else to accept Jesus and invite Him in to stay! Great story Faith. Use to love U2, great info!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I knew much of this being a lover of music. Bono really does walk the talk, doesn't he? It is so nice to see the famous helping others and realizing that they, too, have a social responsibility. Thank you for highlighting this humanitarian.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi suzzette, yes... he started out so young and stuck with it using his God-given gift to bless the poorest of the poor! Oh, I would love to see him in concert this day too. His heart for the less fortunate is obvious indeed. Thank you for reading and I am glad you found this to be informative and interesting. Blessings, Faith Redaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Flourish, Thank you so much for reading and leaving such wonderful comments. Yes, it is inspiring to see others giving back, especially to the poorest of the poor. I am glad you found this to be well researched and engaging! Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie, you are so right! Sounds interesting and will have to check him out too! So glad you like the story on Bono for he is such an inspiration no doubt. I am glad someone with such fame is using that as a platform to reach the world and help the poorest of the poor. I appreciate the insightful comments. God bless, Faith. Reaper

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      A perfect hub about such an incredible musician, philosopher and philanthropist. The music you selected is perfect as well. Voted Up/shared for sure. Some of your finest work and published at a perfect time of year.

      Many Blessings,

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill, Yes, he certainly walks the walk and talks the talk! It is inspiring when those who are famous do step up with awesome humanitarian efforts and to see how many millions are helped who were suffering. Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Kim, Thank you so much for the wonderful comments! He is a wonderful musician and all of that for sure. I appreciate the vote up and share. So glad you enjoyed the read and music. Hugs and many blessings to you too, Faith Reaper

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      I knew Bono worked to help others, but I didn't know this side of him.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello WriterJanis, Thank you for reading and nice to meet you. Have a great day, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Faith what a meaningful tribute I am like writer I too knew Bono worked to help others but I didn't know this side of him either.. you wrote it for plain sight only the Faith in you brought it too light..:) bless you girl

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I find it fantastic and reassuring that some well known people take the time and make the effort to help worthy causes! It's a good example for other people as well!

      Thank you for sharing this great hub, Faith! Have a great week!

      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

      Joelle

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Frank, I am glad you learned something new about Bono too. Thank you for always leaving lovely comments. You're the best! Bless you too, Faith Reaper : )

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Joelle (kidscrafts), Yes, it is reassuring that there are those using their talent to bless millions! We can all do something. I am so thrilled that he never gave up! Thank you for your kind comments as always. Hope your week is great too. Merry Christmas to you and your family too, Faith Reaper

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Faith. I'm a big fan of Bono, more for his humanitarian work than U2's music, but that's ok too and why they are so successful. He is a great human being, and humble as well. Who would believe a shy kid from Dublin could be where he is now? Wonderful, voted up .

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jodah, yes, Bono has a big heart for those who are suffering no doubt! I know... one never knows what God has planned for us and how He is able to do miraculous things if we step out in faith. Thank you for reading and leaving such kind comments. I appreciate the vote up too. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dear Faith Reaper,

      A marvellous article of tribute, full of knowledge, about a man of great talent, obedience and vision who makes the world just that much brighter by being a primary player in it.

      Realizing potential in others is surely a gift within itself, and his influence by the psalms and his performance of Psalm 40 reflects the man behind the song and of his reliance upon God for everything. I think the late, great Roy Orbison was a huge influence on his singing as well. U2's hit, " One " is such a good song which explains so much about life.

      The story of David and Saul to which you make reference to in regards to blues influence is notable, and also recall reading ( 1Samuel 24 ), when David was being hounded, but Saul was delivered to David in the cave, proving that David's trust in God delivered Saul's life over to David's hands, though he showed mercy by just cutting off the corner of his robe as proof of his mercy, and David's trust in God's promise. A good Psalm you've displayed, reminding of that continual reliance upon God by exercising faith, and about His perfect timing. ( Talking of timing, just as I started typing this comment, your comment just came up in the notification box lol! )

      Thank you, and warm regards to you and yours.

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Dear Romeos,

      You are so very kind and generous in your commenting, and I love it! Thank you so much, precious heart, for leaving such wonderful and insightful comments. Yes, the great Roy Orbison was a huge influence indeed!

      Yes, when we step in out faith and wait on His perfect timing, there is no telling what miracles can happen! I am thankful God's timing is a whole lot better than our time could ever be for sure.

      LOL, well, my comment does not compare, and is rather pitiful indeed. As I went back and commented, today is my sweet mother's birthday, so a bit blue this day : (

      But I know she is having the best birthday ever, celebrating with Jesus and his time of birth too.

      Hugs and much love,

      Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      A hub greatly done, Faith. Stick-to-it-tis(don't know if I'm spelling it right or saying it right) works.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Wetnose!

      So glad to see you. I hope you and all the wetnoses are doing well. You are, and thank you for the encouragement! It is hard sometimes : )

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely and very interesting hub, Faith. I knew that Bono was somehow involved in supporting charities, but I didn't know the details until I read your hub. Reading about him was fascinating and inspirational. It's wonderful to hear about a successful person who actively helps those in need. Thank you for sharing the information about Bono, especially at this time of year!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Alicia,

      Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you found it to be fascinating and interesting. Yes, it is amazing how many millions of suffering people he has helped! I am so glad he never gave up and uses his fame to help those in need.

      I appreciate your wonderful comments.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Faith - Great Hub. Thanks for such a balanced and in depth look at Bono. I have admired U2's music for a long time, but I only knew a little bit about his efforts to alleviate poverty and debt. If only more people in his position would speak out and use their influence like he does.

      I hope you are having a good December. Blessed Christmas. :) Theresa

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Theresa (phdast), thank for reading. Yes, just imagine if he had given up ...and all those suffering would not have had received the relief and help they did. The world would certainly be a lot better place with a lot more just like him with a big heart for the poorest of the poor. December is a bit hard as my mother died last December just four days after we celebrated her 84th birthday, five days before Christmas. Today is her birthday. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Faith Reaper an excellent hub so well thought of and you always share such interesting hubs. A useful and informative hub indeed. Voted up! Shared on Facebook, Twitter and Pinned.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Faith, an excellent piece! Bono inspired a generation, we desperately need role models in our society today, there seem to be so few people in the public eye who young people can really look up to. A good choice for this article and a job well done my friend.

      Have a great day and my best to you. Up and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Devika,

      So glad to see you stopping by to read! Thank you so much for the kind comments and I appreciate the vote up and sharing.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (tobusiness),

      Thank you so much! Yes, he did inspire a generation. We truly do need more and more role models, especially those in the public eye who the young people can look up to no doubt about it!

      I am glad you think Bono is a good choice here.

      I hope your week is going great! I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I knew of his humanitarian work but I didn't know about his strong religious beliefs.

      It is great to hear of a positive celebrity influence where love and charity are the focus rather than fame and money.

      Very interesting and inspiring.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Anna, Thank you for reading. Yes, it is certainly hopeful when we know of one who uses his fame to help those who are suffering around the world. I am glad you found this to be interesting and inspiring. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Musicians and all who are famous have so much power. Good to see them involved in good causes to the benefit of the poorest.

      I agree wholeheartedly with President Theodore Roosevelt: “It‘s not the critic who counts....The credit belongs to the man who’s actually in the arena... who spends himself for a worthy cause.”

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dear Faith - I am so sorry to hear that your dear mother passed away. My father passed away Dec 9, 2010 and it did make for melancholy Christmases. I know it will get better for both of us, but it takes awhile. I am at least glad that your mother passed on, what does the Bible say, "full of years." She had to have been a wonderful person, after all you are her daughter. Many Blessings during this difficult time. Theresa

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for reading and your comment, dear Martie. It is inspiring to know millions of suffering children have been helped in Africa and around the world. Peace and blessings to you and yours, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Theresa (phdast), Thank you so much for your kind words as to my mother. I am sorry about your great loss too of your father. Yes, my mother had a full long life. Aw, the same is true of you. Peace and blessings to you and yours, Faith Reaper

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Very well-researched and in-depth article. It always amazes me the history of people that end up doing greater good. They seem to all have rejection in common. That says it all right there, do not quit or give up because you never know what God has in store for the future.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Crafty,

      So great to see you here reading! Yes, that is what is so amazing that those who have experienced great rejection initially, go on to do miraculous things. I am so thrilled, Bono, never quit and God uses him mightily to help those who are suffering. He is truly being the hands and feet of Jesus.

      Blessings to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, thank you for reporting on the godly life, beliefs and deeds of Bono. His story is exemplary and inspirational.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      Thank you for reading about Bono and his humanitarian efforts, which are extremely successful, praise the Lord! I am so thrilled he is using his God-given gift of music to glorify the Lord in being the hands and feet of Jesus to help millions who are suffering.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “Bono states that insecurity is one's best security, if one is an artist.” That is fascinating, and one aspect of creativity that I happen to share. I just love this man…he is the ’real deal’ in many ways, and very inspirational. Thank you for this captivating hub!

      Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas, dear Faith. :-)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Faith, for this lovely and very interesting tribute to Bono - a genuine (and they are difficult to find) humanitarian. He is a very special person, and so are you, m'dear. May your Christmas be very Merry.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Genna,

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving such wonderful comments. You're the best! Yes, he is the real deal when it comes to being a humanitarian ... he truly walks the walk.

      I appreciate you saying this hub is captivating : )

      Merry Christmas to you and yours sweet lady,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear drbj,

      Always so wonderful to see you stopping by to read! Yes, true humanitarians are very hard to find indeed. I am so thankful he never threw in the towel, especially thinking of the millions of those suffering he has help through his efforts with others!

      You rank up there as a very special person too lovely lady!

      Merry Christmas to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Oh dear Faith. I always love your "tribute" hubs but have to say this one is a masterpiece, from its subject to your wonderful writing!

      My daughters introduced me to U2 and then of course Bono. Since then I have learned about him through the years but you have filled in the blanks for me. I think Bono would be honored and proud to read this great tribute!

      God bless & Merry Christmas.

      Voted all but funny. Yet again no buttons to be able to share this great hub.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Dear Faith

      This is so in depth and gives such a portrait of one who rather than turn away from God because of the confusion of having parents who believed so differently has embraced his own connection to Him.

      And recognizing that his talent is a gift and not giving up when things were difficult has lead to the blessings he has caused for others. What a gift he is...

      Thank you sweet Faith for sharing him with us. Angels are on the way to you and yours ps

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, dear Mary (till), thank you so much! I do not believe I've ever gotten a "masterpiece" comment before! You are so kind and generous in your commenting and I love you for it.

      I am glad your daughters introduced you to U2 and then Bono. Oh, my goodness, I wouldn't know what to think if he would ever read this ... and I appreciate your confidence in this tribute to him and focusing on his humanitarian efforts.

      I appreciate the votes up. Hmmm all the buttons are showing up on my end as far as sharing? That happens to me too at times.

      Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS,

      I am so happy to see you here reading this day! I really appreciate the great and insightful comments you have left. Yes, Bono is inspiring to all to never give up, for one never knows how God will use you to help others, maybe even millions or more!

      Hugs and much love and Angels heading your way as always,

      Faith Reaper

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Dear Faith, I appreciate you taking the time to write this. I know of Bono, but never knew his efforts. Gives me a whole new level of respect for him and everything that he does. I never knew some Bible quotes referenced movies. There's times that I want to say "I feel the Spirit" and I just start singing and praising. Music has always been a big part of me, a God given talent. Loved this article on Bono.

      I hope you have a Merry Christmas Faith, to you and your loved ones.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear lyric,

      I am so glad to see you here this day reading! You are such a treasure to me, and I just wanted to tell you so this day in case you did not realize that fact! Better than that, you are more special and valuable to Him than any of the rarest gems on this planet. Awesome. His love for us is way beyond our understanding and He has given you a gift, well, many gifts, that are obvious, but the gift of music, and who knows, what He has in store for you. Remember to use your gifts to glorify Him, just as Bono has, by being the hands and feet of Jesus! You can too. If your gift is music, which you say it is, then use that gift to be a light for Jesus, just as you say you start singing praises to the Lord, that is worship and glorifies the Lord! I know many successful bands that write songs straight from scripture, using the His Word, and He is surely pleased with that no doubt. Many non-believers and believers as well, do not even realize these artists are quoting straight from the Word of God, which is more powerful than any double-edged sword, it cuts through any lies and deception of the enemy, who comes to kill, steal and destroy, but the one who is in us, is stronger than the one who is in this world, as you know.

      I am so glad you loved this article on Bono. Yes, there is a lot more to him than people realize, just as there is a lot more to the rest of us than most realize too : )

      Merry Christmas to you and yours. God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There are so many good people out there that we don't know, who just do what is in their hearts. This is for those wonderful souls who really show what caring is all about.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear Deb,

      So glad to see you here reading! I am sorry I just caught this comment here. Yes, they just do what it in their hearts and thank God for them!

      Yes, his heart is in the right place no doubt.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Mark 3 years ago from Moundsville,WV

      This was a wonderful hub. I had heard of their faith years ago but never really knew about their ministry until reading this hub. Thanks for the insight to U2 and the mission that they are on for the Lord.

      Mark

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you so much for reading. Yes, I know Bono is really into reaching out to the poorest of the poor for sure, but I am not sure about the entire band, although it seems as a whole, they do.

      We need a million more just like him and the world would be a much better place, especially for those who are suffering daily.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I didn't know this about Bono: he is a true advocate for mankind and a believer in Christ. I have heard his music before but now I will have to look some of his tunes up for his expressive content. Blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi teaches,

      So glad to see you stopping by to read! Yes, a lot do not know this about Bono. He certainly is using his God-given gift of singing and music to glorify the Lord by being the hands and feet of Jesus to help the poorest of the poor who are suffering the most.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      What a beautiful and motivational tribute about one of my favorite musicians.

      Bono truly has a calling and his talented humility is what makes him remarkable...just like you, my dear girlfriend.

      Hope all is well with you and yours in this new year. Love, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Maria,

      So great to see you here this day reading! Thank you so much as always for leaving awesome comments. Yes, Bono is so very humble in his efforts to help those suffering among the poorest of the poor and his gift of music.

      You're the best!

      Yes, I am well and I pray all is well with you too dear one.

      Love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you for sharing this important story about Bono. He is truly a gifted and talented man who takes the job of love to the next level.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Peg,

      Thank you so much for reading. Oh, I love that ... "the job of love" and Bono certainly does take it to the next level!

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I love the music and I appreciate the heart of Bono and the band. Thanks for this enlightening hub.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much dear cam for reading! Yes, I love their music and even more so his heart for the poorest of the poor. I hope that more artists had his huge heart!

      I appreciate you reading.

      Have a great evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      I love U2 and their latest song Ordinary Love which was written to honour Nelson Mendela .

      Good hub.

      Hugs and much love to you.Have a nice day there!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi James!

      So great to see you stopping by to read. I pray all is well with you. Missed seeing you around.

      Thank you so much for reading here. Oh, I am so glad you have told me about U2's new song as I have not been listening to the radio in about a month, just the quiet LOL. So, I know I have missed a lot of new good music. I surely want to listen to it. May go to find the video and watch it!

      Nelson Mendela was an awesome man, and I am afraid it will be hard to find many more like him.

      I am glad you liked this hub. I hope you are have a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs and much love to you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Richard Parr 3 years ago from Oz

      I found this really interesting. Grew up listening to U2. Still have a few of their CD somewhere. You presented things I never knew of the man, in particular about his parents and early years. I think he would apporve of this tribute. Voted up and interesting

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi parrster,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read. Yes, there is a lot many may not know of about BONO for sure. I do hope he would. I appreciate the vote up and interesting.

      Hope you have a lovely Sunday.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It's great to find out all this good stuff about such a looker and a star. I'm so glad I read this, and thanks for sharing it.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca, Yes, easy on the eyes and a good heart to boot! I am glad he is not all about himself but truly about caring about the poorest of the poor. So glad you stopped by this day.

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      frantisek78 2 years ago

      You might want to note that his real name is not "John Bono" but in fact Paul David Hewson. Bono is just a stage name derived from "Bonavox" meaning "good voice" in Latin. You might have mixed him up with John Bon Jovi, whose real name is John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you, frantisek78, for being the first person to catch that and I appreciate it so much! I knew that is just his stage name, but did not know from where it is derived. Very interesting. I don't know why I was thinking John when I had written this, but you may be right there.

      Again, I appreciate you pointing that out.

      Have a great evening.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Faith, I am sorry, I don't know Bono, I thought maybe he is related to Sonny Bono of Sonny and Cher fame. I reall enjoyed reading about this Bono and his deep faith.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Shyron

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      Karen Kay 2 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Wow! What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person! Back in my early twenties I was a huge fan of U2 - getting to see them in concert was one of the best days of my youth. Thanks for reminding me of all the good he does.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Thank you for reading, even though you do not know who BONO is. He is the lead singer for the major rock band U2. I have not even considered anyone not knowing of him being he is known worldwide.

      No, he is not related in any way to Sonny Bono and Cher fame.

      You are certainly sweet to vote up and more and share!

      God bless you, sweet friend

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello DreamingBoomer,

      Thank you so much for your most generous comments here! I am so glad you were able to see them in concert too back in the day. Yes, many do not know of all the good he does around the globe for the poorest of the poor.

      He is a beautiful person no doubt.

      I appreciate you stopping by my side of HP Town.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      This Hub is all very good to hear. I had some relatives starving to death in Ireland and Scotland during the Potato Famines and who came to America where the Catholics and the Protestants in the family still feuded, such a waste of time. But they all knew what starvation could do and many set out to help the needy in the US. God Bless Bono for his same efforts.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Patty,

      Always such a pleasure when you stop by to read! It certainly is a waste of time and of precious life, when one can be doing good in this world as opposed to such senseless feuding. I will never understand such goings on. I am glad to know they set out to help the needy ...

      Yes, God bless Bono for his global humanitarian efforts to help the poorest of the poor.

      I appreciate your comments which had much to the topic of this hub.

      Blessings and peace

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      skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Faith Precious sista. How wonderful are you to share the journey of Bono. He is a man after Gods heart. His cause to help others is contagious. God Bless his works. I love you sister your writing has so grown into a wealth of information and knowledge and the wisdom of God is so evident in your heart. The spirit of God moves off of your page and touches many hearts. Keep going oh precious child of God. All glory to God. Love, Skye

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Skye,

      Yes, Bono is certainly being used by God in a mighty way with the help of the Holy Spirit no doubt! It is wonderful to see someone in such celebrity status to truly have a heart for the poorest of the poor and actually doing something about it.

      We can all learn a lot from him no matter where we are in this life for we can all do something to impact the lives of others for the better to His glory.

      Keep on shining your light lovely sister. Thank you for blessing me this day with your lovely presence here to encourage always with a kind word.

      In His Love Always

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yeah, I didn't know much about BONO until I read your hub, very touching

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi peachpurple,

      I am glad you learned more about BONO, and where his true heart lies ...in helping the poorest of the poor.

      Thank you for stopping by to read here this day!

      Peace and blessings always

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