A Faith of Our Own
A Faith of Our Own
Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars
Faithwords, Hardcover, 9780446557238, 204pp.
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Jonathan Merritt illuminates the spiritual ethos of this new generation of believers who engage the world with Christ-centered faith but an un-polarized political perspective. Through personal stories and biblically rooted commentary this scion of a leading evangelical family takes a close, thoughtful look at the changing religious and political environment, addressing such divisive issues as abortion, gay marriage, environmental use and care, race, war, poverty, and the imbalance of world wealth. Through Scripture, the examples of Jesus, and personal defining faith experiences, he distills the essential truths at the core of a Christian faith that is now just coming of age.
Kirsten Powers is a Fox News contributor and columnist for USA Today. Powers has been called Fox s liberal to be reckoned with by Mediaite and an outspoken liberal journalist by the Columbia Journalism Review. The Women s Media Center lauded Powers as a trailblazer, powerful, and an exceptional professional. Prior to her career in journalism, Powers worked in Democratic Party politics and the Clinton administration. She has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, the New York Post, the Daily Beast, Elle, Salon.com, and the American Prospect online. A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, and graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, Powers currently resides in Washington, D.C.
"The story of Merritt's exit from a hard-edged political movement to a more centrist, more complex political place is a potent and timely symbol of the jourenys of m any young American evangelicals."
-Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
"In this personal, provocative, and well-written book- part memoir, part manifesto- Merritt lays out his journey and his case. If you want to understand shifts among younger Christians, this book is a must read."
-Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research
"Merritt's powerful and faith-driven ideas should come as a healthy shock to many Christians."
-Library Journal, on Green Like God
"The more people who read Merritt's book, the better."
-Books and Culture, on Green Like God
"Himself a convert to the idea of God as green, Merritt is sure to appeal to the hearts of even the most polarized Christians. His guide could be turned into relevant sermon material and should be mandatory reading for churchgoers."
-Publishers Weekly, on Green Like God
"Merritt represents a hopeful new current in evangelical America."
"By broadening evangelicalism's agenda, younger evangelicals like Jonathan Merritt..are doing us a favor."
-Dallas Morning News
"Merritt...writes with humility and clarity. He addresses the political, cultural and biblical assumptions many of us hold."
"Merritt's conversion may not change the world quite as much as Paul's, but he has transformed his classroom epiphany into topic A within...the biggest Protestant body in the U.S."
"You can't serve both God's Kingdom and an earthly one. In this book, Jonathan Merritt forces the reader to 'choose this day whom you will serve.'"
-- Cal Thomas, syndicated and USA Today columnist / Fox News contributor
"Merritt represents an entire generation seeking to reconcile sanctification with service without embracing the extremes."
-Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference