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

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

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 As America rapidly becomes a pluralistic, postmodern society, many of us struggle to talk about faith. We can no longer a...

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Title:Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing-and How We Can Revive Them
Author:Jonathan Merritt
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Genres:Christian
ISBN:B01N5IYAAC
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

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

  • Bethany
    Sep 25, 2018
    I love language, words, humanity, and I love the world and the way we try to seek understanding...and I really wanted to love this book, too. Perhaps my hopes were too high? I did enjoy the history lessons and dissections of words, and I genuinely appreciated certain passages and obser...
  • Rebecca Einstein
    Aug 01, 2018
    Do you love language? Do you love learning about faith? This book will check both those boxes. Learning to Speak God from Scratch is for anyone interested in religious dialogue in these secular times. Though the author is a product of an Evangelical home, the issues he raises are not s...
  • Amanda
    Aug 13, 2018
    Let me just say, I did not expect to love this book so very much. I was so sad when the book was over. I wanted more! Merritt speaks candidly with just the perfect mix of humor and a lot of thought-provoking insight into his journey to "Speak God" again. Not only did I learn a great...
  • Janelle
    Aug 16, 2018
    I was eager to read Learning to Speak God from Scratch. I had recently become aware of the writer, Jonathan Merritt, after he left Religious News Service in June, and I was very interested in learning to re-examine and reclaim some of the religious words that have become jargon we Chr...
  • Alexander Steward
    Aug 07, 2018
    The language that we use to speak of God has evolved over time and Jonathan Merritt puts out the call for us to reestablish our foundation. Learning to Speak God from Scratch is a way to examine our beliefs and reach out to generations that did not grow up knowing God in a religious se...
  • Lisa
    Aug 09, 2018
    Learning to do anything is filled with starts and stops; like a toddler moving from crawling to walking. Yet when we have developed a way of doing something, it?s even more of a challenge to re-learn or to start from scratch. Even that saying is something that has become nearly outmo...
  • Jen Bradbury
    Oct 08, 2018
    How and what we say affects what we believe. I saw this in my research for The Jesus Gap, which found that 73% of the language used by high school students to answer the question, ?Who is Jesus?? was creedal in origin. I was further convinced of this through Amanda Drury?s fantas...
  • Stefanie Kellum
    Jul 21, 2018
    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...
  • Cara Meredith
    Jul 06, 2018
    I can?t get enough of Jonathan Merritt?s thoughts, mostly because I find myself on the same page with him, 1000%. If you find yourself needing to redefine certain sacred words, his book is a must-read. Loved, loved, loved it. ...
  • Samuel Lopez
    Jun 21, 2018
    Words change over time. Years ago, the definition of the word "Literally" changed from not just meaning "In a literal sense or manner" or "With exact equivalence", but to also mean "an exaggerated way to emphasize a statement or description that is not literally true or possible." This...
  • Terri Fullerton
    Aug 15, 2018
    My husband and I read this aloud. It captured the place we are?not sure how to talk about our faith. Throughout this book I felt like some of the confusing and deflated sacred words were standing up again?in my own heart, like God used this book to blow fresh air to me. I have ...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 10, 2018
    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. ...
  • Jeff
    Aug 30, 2018
    3.5/5 Every subculture has its own jargon. Christianity is no exception. There is ?Christian-ese,? those in-culture words that evangelicals tend to throw around (?blessing,? ?love offering,? ?supplication, ?born again,? etc.), and then there are those weightier, sa...
  • Cherie Lowe
    Aug 05, 2018
    Finally, a thinking book for people of faith to open a dialogue about why we use the words we use when it comes to talking about what we believe. Well thought out and artfully written, Learning to Speak God from Scratch combines data driven research and memoir to trace the how and why ...
  • Shelby Spear
    Jul 11, 2018
    Why Words Are a Holy Gift We?re Called to Steward Have you ever taken the time to reflect on the depth and wonder of vocabulary? Or imagined what life would be like without words? As humans, we have the power to wield elements of speech for both destruction and encouragement, educ...
  • Kaci__lynn
    Aug 01, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jeff
    Jun 25, 2018
    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 ...
  • Seth
    Aug 26, 2018
    Read this in one sitting. Easy to read through and thought the words chosen were great to explore. As Bob Dylan sings ?The times, they are a-changin?? and as they change, so does the vernacular. If anything, this book should encourage those that read it how they would define Chri...
  • Laura
    Aug 27, 2018
    4.5 Stars ?Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.? Baloney! Words are powerful. We all know this. We were created with this knowledge. We were created by words. By ?The Word.? The Word was with God. The Word was God. The Word took on flesh a...
  • Tina Collins
    Jul 18, 2018
    This book explores the need to stay connected to the past and preserve it while reinventing the methods used, as well as deconstructing our own perceptions in order to grow in our ever changing culture. More specifically, the book refers to the concept of spiritual language we are expo...
  • Emily P
    Aug 08, 2018
    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, adul...
  • Debra Anderson
    Jul 03, 2018
    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, bu...
  • Janna Northrup
    Aug 01, 2018
    With clear and thoughtful language, Jonathan Merritt tackles a deeply personal subject?belief in God and how we communicate about that. His premise is that our language about God has become distant, stilted and full of what feels like ticking time bombs and it is time for us to rethi...
  • Elle Berry
    Aug 13, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kelly Shank
    Jul 08, 2018
    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 t...
  • McKay Hubbell
    Jul 04, 2018
    This is the kind of book we need right now. Jonathan Merritt delivers a thought-provoking and yet incredibly practical work that any person of faith would benefit from reading. I loved the organization of the book, exploring each religious term in its own chapter. By doing this, he pro...
  • Kristi Hartman
    Aug 15, 2018
    In the 70's, growing up in the south in a small, conservative church, I never gave a thought about sacred words--they were just used as weapons to make others feel guilty, myself included. I still avoid some of those words because they bring bad memories, pain, and judgment to mind eve...
  • Adrienne
    Aug 10, 2018
    Jonathan is stellar in his ability to bring questions, truth, and myths to the table in a way that invites rich conversation rather than polarity and excommunication. This book is beautifully written with thoughtful and thorough research, insightful interviews, and authentic personal...
  • Dayna
    Sep 23, 2018
    Words matter. Merritt provides us with space to remember to treat them kindly. In an age where proverbial babies are being constantly tossed with the bathwater this book is a great reminder of the treasures we have even if they?ve become tainted or tarnished. Speaking from Scratch pr...
  • Crista Kettenhofen
    Aug 13, 2018
    Note: I received an ARC from the publisher. The opinions expressed here are my own. Jonathan Merritt, author of "Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing?and How We Can Revive Them,? begins by setting an ambitious goal. ?Ours is an expedition to re...