A Faith of Our Own

A Faith of Our Own

Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars

By Jonathan Merritt; Kirsten Powers (Foreword by)

Faithwords, Hardcover, 9780446557238, 204pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2012

Every day, major headlines tell the story of how Christianity is attempting to influence American culture and politics. But statistics show that young Americans are disenchanted with a faith that has become culturally antagonistic and too closely aligned with partisan politics. In this personal yet practical work, Jonathan Merritt uncovers the changing face of American Christianity by uniquely examining the coming of age of a new generation of Christians.
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.

About the Author
Jonathan Merritt has first-hand experience of police training and 14 years' experience of teaching criminal law. He led the design and delivery of one of the first foundation degrees in policing and has been at the forefront of foundation degree development in criminal justice nationally. This includes winning the tender to provide the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) for Nottinghamshire Police recruits, based around both a foundation degree and policing NVQs. In addition, he now teaches criminal justice at De Montfort University.

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.

Praise For A Faith of Our Own

"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."
-USA Today

"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."
-Christianity Today

"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."
-TIME Magazine

"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