As America rapidly becomes a pluralistic, postmodern society, 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 Jonathan moved from the Bible Belt to New York City, he discovered that whenever conversations turned to spirituality, the words he'd used for decades didn't connect with listeners anymore. In a search for answers and understanding, Jonathan uncovered a spiritual crisis affecting tens of millions. In this groundbreaking book, one of America's premier religion writers revives ancient expressions through 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 lure you into the embrace of the God who inhabits them....
|Title||:||Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing-and How We Can Revive Them|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
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Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing-and How We Can Revive Them Reviews
What a wonder this book is. I could not recommend it more highly.
I imagine it would be especially helpful for people like me who have lived in and around church for most of their lives, and have taken the language of the Christian faith for granted. About 14 years ago I became part of a Pentecostal congregation, which has a sub-language all its own (plus speaking in tongues) and it took me a little while to learn the lingo. What we in the church often forget is that those we hope to attract to ...more
In 'Learning to Speak God from Scratch' Jonathan Merritt details what he notes as a disturbing decline in our use of spiritual words. He follows this by making a compelling case for why reviving these words matters, and then provides a kind of geography for how those of us who want to speak God can find our way forward.
Far from a static definition of God-speak, the chapters that follow are part story and part essay. While I enjoyed all of these chapters, I was particularly moved by his chapters ...more
If you find yourself in a season of life where the cultural language of evangelicalism leaves you wanting to dissociate yourself from the title “Christian,” I think you’ll find this book a refreshing reminder of what our “God Speak” is meant to communicate.
I have followed Jonathan’s articles for years, and I heard him speak a few years ago. I’ve enjoyed his work thoroughly, so I was excited to be chosen to receive an advance reader copy of Learning to Speak God from Scratch.
In all honesty, the ...more
Merritt the Younger Again Proves He Is His Father's Equal. Jonathan Merritt and I grew up in roughly similar church traditions at roughly the same time in roughly the same geographic area. His father would eventually become President of the Southern Baptist Convention, my pastor would later become President of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Growing up, while not knowing of Jonathan specifically, his father was among *the* most respected men I had ever heard. As in, there was a deacon or two in ...more
Jonathan Merritt does in this book what he's been teaching us to do for years through his RNS and Atlantic writing -- to be thoughtful speakers and generous thinkers. Part I is a robust, researched look at spiritual language and it's contemporary use. This is not a one-track thesis, but a six-lane highway toward understanding language and obtaining the courage to employ it for human flourishing. He's included a profusion of endnoted citations to tempt you to load up your Amazon wish list -- whic ...more
Jonathan Merritt has a knack for taking the observations, struggles, and joys I’ve had about being a Christian in today’s world and eloquently expressing them on paper. As someone who finds it difficult to speak about her faith in love and truth in an increasingly polarized society, this was a helpful guide for how we tongue-tied Christians can re-imbrace and reimagine sacred words of Christian faith in a way that brings glory to God and shows love to those around us. I practically used up an en ...more
Possibly, the greatest misstep in the church today is the silence amongst its people. In Learning to Speak God from Scratch, Jonathan Merritt combats the silence amongst Christians, the loss of their sacred words, and the deafness with which they use their words to exclude the people they’re trying to reach.
Identifying 20 sacred words, held closely within the church, Merritt identifies the importance of each word for the church and its believers. He couples scripture and language study, with bi ...more
I could relate to this book on multiple levels. Well researched, well written, well done! I can’t wait to dive into the bibliography.
I received an advance reader copy of the book from the publisher for review.