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Discover a faith worth talking about.

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.

©2018 Mission Audio (P)2018 Mission Audio

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New in sight into stale old language

I found this book interesting for the first 10 or 11 chapters, but only academically. It was in chapter 12 that it really kicked into gear making good use of the foundation Jonathan laid with the previous chapters, so pay attention in those earlier chapters! This book absolutely changed the way I look at sacred language and the carelessness with which I use (abuse?) sacred words. Good read, definitely recommend. Looking forward to his next project.

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Great understanding on where we were where we are and where we are headed

Seriously I listened to this book in one weekend!! The understanding of word is so in depth and I could not have asked for a better understanding of what you wrote thank you. Living in a post modern Christian we there is some very heavy hitting topics you hit and as a college pastor I thank you for this book as a resource that will teach them to fish if you catch my biblical reference!! Keep up the great writing. - Brian from journey community church in San Diego CA

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I’m a fan.

Just finished reading this book today. I really enjoyed the author, he writes about very intriguing topics that expand your mind and he writes about them very well.
I wouldn’t called his book an easy read as his words and ideas rubbed against my comfort zone and what I believe in, but I also wouldn’t say he’s wrong. If you are a fan of opening and expanding your mind I highly suggest this book. :-)

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A jumpstart for theological debate

This is a must-read for anyone who grew up in the church. I don't agree with all of Merritt's conclusions but his questions invite us to re-examine our well-worn phrases and deeply-held assumptions. It is a journey worth undertaking.

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Jonathan sheds light on so many things!

This book is a delight to listen to; all while offering realization after realization. It is a book I will continue to return to for years to come.

Learning to Speak God from Scratch has caused me to read my Bible in a whole new way, discovering things I hadn't seen before.

A must read to all who are seekers of truth!

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our words have so much power!

as a speaker this book inspires me to understand the Divinity of each word that I speak. words bring life, or words can bring death.

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  • 09-01-18

New in sight into stale old language

I found this book interesting for the first 10 or 11 chapters, but only academically. It was in chapter 12 that it really kicked into gear making good use of the foundation Jonathan laid with the previous chapters, so pay attention in those earlier chapters! This book absolutely changed the way I look at sacred language and the carelessness with which I use (abuse?) sacred words. Good read, definitely recommend. Looking forward to his next project.

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  • Brian M.
  • 12-03-18

Great understanding on where we were where we are and where we are headed

Seriously I listened to this book in one weekend!! The understanding of word is so in depth and I could not have asked for a better understanding of what you wrote thank you. Living in a post modern Christian we there is some very heavy hitting topics you hit and as a college pastor I thank you for this book as a resource that will teach them to fish if you catch my biblical reference!! Keep up the great writing. - Brian from journey community church in San Diego CA

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  • CadandAbi'sMom
  • 11-27-18

I’m a fan.

Just finished reading this book today. I really enjoyed the author, he writes about very intriguing topics that expand your mind and he writes about them very well.
I wouldn’t called his book an easy read as his words and ideas rubbed against my comfort zone and what I believe in, but I also wouldn’t say he’s wrong. If you are a fan of opening and expanding your mind I highly suggest this book. :-)

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  • Michael
  • 11-09-18

A jumpstart for theological debate

This is a must-read for anyone who grew up in the church. I don't agree with all of Merritt's conclusions but his questions invite us to re-examine our well-worn phrases and deeply-held assumptions. It is a journey worth undertaking.

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  • john
  • 09-27-18

Jonathan sheds light on so many things!

This book is a delight to listen to; all while offering realization after realization. It is a book I will continue to return to for years to come.

Learning to Speak God from Scratch has caused me to read my Bible in a whole new way, discovering things I hadn't seen before.

A must read to all who are seekers of truth!

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  • Sharieb
  • 09-14-18

our words have so much power!

as a speaker this book inspires me to understand the Divinity of each word that I speak. words bring life, or words can bring death.