"After a wearisome decade where younger Christians welcomed the downfall of the Religious Right, Merritt charts the way forward--helping us imagine a constructive way to advance the common good in the public square. A Faith of Our Own provides a roadmap for how Christians can engage the future."
-Gabe Lyons, Author of The Next Christians
"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
"A Faith of Our Own is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand a post-culture war generation of Christians."
-Matt Lewis, senior contributor, The Daily Caller
"In this provocative book Merritt again and again challenges Christians to reconsider their comfortable lives and their easy acceptance of either right-wing or left-wing politics as God's way of living their faith in the world."
-Steve Monsma, Senior Research Fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College
"Merritt represents an entire generation seeking to reconcile sanctification with service without embracing the extremes. This book provides a blueprint that if applied will replace the image of an angry, white evangelical in the public square with a compassionate follower of Christ in the heart of the community."
-Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
"With eloquence, wit and experience, Jonathan illuminates the incongruence between Christian political partisanship and the Gospel of Jesus... [He] inspires hope that there is a less divisive way for Christians to engage politics and culture-a way that looks more like Jesus, marked by humility, grace, mercy and respect."
-Phileena Heuertz, author of Pilgrimage of a Soul
"Tearing down sacred cows that served as idols to a previous generation, Jonathan offers insight into a way forward that encompasses a hopeful future for the role of faith in American culture. With A Faith of Our Own, Merritt reveals the courage to speak bold truth in love for the good of the Church."
-Soong Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism; Professor, at North Park Theological Seminary
"Jonathan Merritt gives us a personal and intriguing guidebook for Christian participation in the public square. As a church leader involved in the moral causes of our time, he helps us all understand how political participation can be yet another way to exercise our faith in Christ. This is a fresh look from a young leader!"
-Joel Hunter, author and pastor of Northland Church
"Jonathan Merritt is part of a new generation of evangelicals seeking to be kingdom builders rather than culture warriors. He thinks Christians should be salt and light rather than fire and ice. We should listen to him."
- Barry Hankins, author of Jesus and Gin: Evangelicalism, the Roaring Twenties, and Today's Culture Wars and professor of history and church-state studies at Baylor University
"A forceful but loving critique of the tragic failures of my generation of evangelicals by a gifted young leader. Plus a biblically solid, Christ-centered way forward. A must read."
-Ronald J. Sider, bestselling author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and President of Evangelicals for Social Action
Jonathan tackles some of the thorniest issues with great skill and care.
The same free market economists espoused by the religious right when politically expedient have a great deal to say about the dangers of political expediency!
Jonathan Merritt and A Faith of Our Own represent well the voice of a new generation.
Very relevant for this time in history. I'm impressed with Merritt--even though he's young, he has a gift of perception that surpasses his years.Published 4 months ago by Dave Licklider
"Yes, he gets it!" That was my impression throughout this book. Jonathan Merritt captures the struggle & the passion of Christians who refuse to get entangled in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. Payseur
Too many young people who run full speed from showing up in church would embrace this book enthusiastically. Read morePublished 8 months ago by oceanshaman
If the ONLY by-product of the "culture wars" was the Pharisaic "You're not a real Christian if you don't vote_________" , I would have been 100% against the mingling of politics... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Diann
We are coming into a time when much of the "World" hates Christians.It's not like we haven't been warned. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John France
I loved this book. Merritt expresses with clear articulation feelings and observations that I have but had not previously been able to organize or articulate so well. Read morePublished 20 months ago by B. Piper
This is a book every Christian in America should read.
While I manage to avoid politics on my blog, I have been a little less successful on social media. Read more
Without going into a long background story, I have been having a crisis of faith. This book helped restore my faith. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Nina Bryson
This book gives one a feeling for the culture war that is going on in our Country. It shows where the young people are heading. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by JaniceW