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Learning to Speak God from Scratch : Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them

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In a rapidly changing culture, many of us struggle to talk about faith. We can no longer assume our friends understand words such as grace or gospel. Others, like lost and sin, have become so negative they are nearly conversation-enders.      Jonathan Merritt knows this frustration well. After moving from the Bible Belt to New York City, he discovered that the sacred terms he used to describe his spiritual life didn’t connect as they had in the past.  This launched him into an exploration of an increasing American reluctance to talk about faith—and the data he uncovered revealed a quiet crisis of affecting millions.       In this groundbreaking book, Jonathan revives ancient expressions through incisive cultural commentary, vulnerable personal narratives, and surprising biblical insights. Both provocative and liberating, Learning to Speak God from Scratch will breathe new life into your spiritual conversations and invite you into the embrace of the God who inhabits them.
Number of Pages: 240
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Communication
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Jonathan Merritt
Language: English
Street Date: August 14, 2018
TCIN: 53421782
UPC: 9781601429308
Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-5116
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Njrichh 1 month ago
A timely book that challenges the reader to examine the words we use in faith conversations . Jonathan brings new life to our understanding of religious language. A very personal book and a strong intellectual book that brings life giving meaning to the words we use in faith communities.see moreof the reviewer's review
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EmilyP 2 months ago
Alright, I am only giving this 5 stars because there's not more! I think this book is long overdue and brings to light many of the questions we all have about talking about God and faith in the world we live in. Jonathan weaves together stories of his upbringing as a pastor's kid, adult with questio...see moreof the reviewer's review
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