About THE Book
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.
Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics. He currently serves as a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and is a contributing editor for The Week. He regularly provides commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets and has been interviewed by ABC World News, NPR, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS’ “60 Minutes” and The New York Times. Jonathan is author of three critically-acclaimed books, including Jesus is Better Than You Imagined and A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Follow Jonathan on Social Media
Helping you discover a faith worth talking about. One of America's most prolific religion writers, Jonathan Merritt, sits down with the most interesting and influential Christian leaders today, asking them to reimagine a sacred word from the vocabulary of faith.
2018 seekers & SPeakers Tour
Join Jonathan for the Seekers & Speakers Tour, where he will be speaking on the themes and ideas in Learning to Speak God From Scratch. Watch for more details. Dates subject to chaange.
Aug 5th - Vinings Lake Church am/pm services (Atlanta, GA)
Aug 12th– Trinity Grace Church (New York, NY)
Aug 15th- Barnes & Noble Launch Party
Aug 26th– St. Matthews Episcopal (Austin, TX)
Sept 2nd– South Bend City Church (South Bend, IN)
Sept 4th- South Bend City Church (South Bend, IN)
Sept 16th– Denver City Church (Denver, CO)
Sept 17th– Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC)
Sept 18th– Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC)
Sept 20th– Southminster Presbyterian Church (Tulsa, OK)
Sept 30th– Church on Morgan (Raleigh, NC)
Oct 1st– First Baptist Asheville (Asheville, NC)
Oct 2nd– Mars Hill University (Asheville, NC)
Oct 7th– Morgantown Community Church (Morgantown, KY)
Oct 14th– Walker Baptist Church (Walker, LA)
Oct 18th– University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Oct 26th– Cascade Church (Portland, OR)
Oct 27th– Union Chapel (Vancouver, WA)
Oct 28th– East Lake Church (Seattle, WA)
Nov 11th– Our Savior New York (New York City, NY)