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About the Author

Kelly Monroe Kullberg is the founder and director of project development of the Veritas Forum, the author of Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas, the editor of Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians, and an associate with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Lael Arrington has taught aesthetics and the history of ideas on the college level and is the author of three books, including Godsigh. She cohosts The Things That Matter Most, a unique radio talk show that probes faith, evidence, meaning, and purpose.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (December 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310283566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310283560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm recommending this book, and giving it, to many!
Norma Jeter
It reads to me like a symphony of intellects, all pitched for and pointed to One Thing: the unfathomable variety and glory of God and his relentless love for us.
A. Smith
The brevity, clarity and topical interest of the articles are most inviting for a quick, rich read.
M. Smith

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jdb VINE VOICE on November 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I received this book about a week ago after I managed to make the cutoff for a group that had been asked to review it. I am so glad that I responded to the invitation! A Faith and Culture Devotional isn't just another devotional style reading; I found this out within the first few minutes of scanning through and browsing the book. I've read (and continue to read) devotional compilations as a regular part of my spiritual disciplines; these compilations, in my experience, have taken many different forms and styles. The work that has been completed by Kelly Monroe Kullberg and Lael Arrington with the Faith and Culture Devotional follows a very unique approach as they endeavor to help the reader "find God" in the everyday existence that is our spiritual journey through life.

Allow me to share a few specifics; the devotional is bundled in a collection of readings spanning fifteen weeks. The subject and context of the readings are gathered from art, science, life, history, and theology to name just a few, as the subtitle implies. As diverse as the topics and subject matter are, the contributing authors are equally so. The readings are short, probably taking no longer than 5 minutes for even the most deliberate of readers. At the end of each reading follow a few reflective discussion points that serve equally well for the individual or a group.

In conclusion, I would like to share a personal experience and one of the reasons I rate this devotional volume so high. As I mentioned, I am a "devotee" and advocate for devotional writings. I am also a husband and father who believes in regular "family" devotional exercises (Bible reading and discussion, as well as supplemental devotional readings).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Smith on December 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow. Did you ever wonder what Picasso really thought about his own artistic abilities? How God, who created reality, sees reality? If there is implicit evidence for the Big Bang in the Bible? What makes U2 concerts unforgettable? About the source of the astonishing complexity of a single cell and its DNA? How (or if) a close community enhances health? What really motivated Harriet Beecher Stowe to write Uncle Tom's Cabin? These are a very slim sampling of the topics explored in A Faith and Cultural Devotional.

You won't believe the scope and reach of this book. And the range of voices (from scientists, authors, philosophers, thinkers, artists) chiming in from their offices, classrooms, studios, and laboratories! It reads to me like a symphony of intellects, all pitched for and pointed to One Thing: the unfathomable variety and glory of God and his relentless love for us.

This book is good medicine for minds and hearts overstimulated and numbed by our warp-speed culture. It is truly wonder full.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Van Loon on December 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'd never seen a devotional like this before, and you probably haven't either. A Faith And Culture Devotional: Daily Readings on Art, Science, and Life, compiled by Veritas Forum founder Kelly Monroe Kullberg and author and educator Lael Arrington, doesn't follow the usual time-honored devotional formula of Bible verse(s), brief inspiring story and/or application, prayer for the day. In fact, I'm not quite sure "devotional" is the right category for this wonderful book. It is a digest of provocative bite-sized essays from respected Christian voices from across our culture's spectrum. Bible and Theology, History, Philosophy, Science, Literature, Arts and Contemporary Culture are each represented in the 15 weeks of daily readings. Contributors include Frederica Matthewes-Green, R.C. Sproul, J.P. Moreland, John Eldredge, Francis Collins, Philip Yancey, and Terry Glaspey. Though all are orthodox in their basic theology, they are not all from the same theological or ideological camp.

That's the strength of this volume. Though there are devotional elements to it, this volume is more about allowing ourselves to enter into interior dialogue with important ideas. It is intended to help readers live faithfully as learners, and seamlessly weave what we're learning into the whole cloth of our lives.

Each day's 500-800 word essay is followed by a set of reflection/discussion questions designed to take the day's reading and make it sticky. For instance, on day seven of week one's readings, the day of the week devoted to contemporary culture issues, Erwin McManus writes about a discussion he had with a group of Muslims about Christianity. In summarizing his surprising conversation with the group, he says, "Religion exists not because God loves too little but because we need love so much." The three reflection and discussion questions following his essay are the kind of great, open-ended asks that invite probing thought.

Recommended. Big time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Thompson on January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I agreed to read and blog about A Faith and Culture Devotional: Daily Readings on Art, Science, and Life, by Kelly Monroe Kullberg and Lael Arrington, so Zondervan was kind enough to send me an advanced copy of it. I had hoped it would be the thinking person's devotional, one that would spark new thoughts or perspectives, and from which I could really learn. I think it did that, although to a lesser degree than I wanted it to.

The devotional is broken up into fifteen weeks, and then each week has seven devotions on the topics of Bible and theology, history, philosophy, science, literature, arts, and contemporary culture. The purpose of the devotional is to reveal God in all subjects, all areas, every part of life. The contributors are scientists like Michael Behe and writers like Chuck Colson and Philip Yancey, and cover topics from creation to God in Picasso's art to Shakespeare to U2. The scientific accuracy of the Bethlehem star is addressed, as well as the reasons why the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were canonized and the Gnostic gospels of Thomas and others are heresy. It disproves evolution through the study of mutations caused by malaria, as well as Bono and U2's Christian roots. Its range is very broad and the contributors are well-suited to write their chosen topics.

I feel that this devotional is a good supplement to (but should not replace) your Bible study, as any scripture in this book is incidental rather than the focus of any devotions. The Bible is defended, appluaded, supported, and authenticated, but God's fingerprints in the world rather than the Word itself is the focus of A Faith and Culture Devotional. That being said, I definitely recommend it as a way to see and worship and learn about God in every aspect of life.
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