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.
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Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics. He currently serves as a contributing writer for The Atlantic, contributing editor for The Week, and senior columnist for Religion News Service. 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.
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SEEKERS & SPEAKERS Tour
COMING IN AUGUST 2018
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.
August 5 - Vinings Lake Church
August 6 - Cross Pointe Church
New York City, New York
August 12 - Trinity Grace Church
South Bend, Indiana
September 2 - South Bend City Church
South Bend, Indiana
September 4 - South Bend City Church
September 16 - Denver City Church
Boling Springs, NC
September 17-18 - Gardner-Webb University
September 23 - Walker Baptist Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
September 30 - Church on Morgan
October 18, University of Virginia
October 2, Southminster Presbyterian Church
October 28, Eastlake Church
EARLY PRAISE FOR LEARNING TO SPEAK GOD FROM SCRATCH
"In Learning to Speak God from Scratch, my friend Jonathan Merritt tackles the challenge I’m confronted with every time I sit down to prepare a message. Language. Words. Nouns. Pronouns. Like you, I have a version of God-speak. And while it works for me, it doesn’t always work for the world around me. If you’re content to speak of God with only those who share your version of God-speak, then you will find this book curious at best. But if, like me, you’re convinced God has done something in the world, for the world, you will find this book indispensable."