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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819222852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819222855
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meredith Gould's splendid book combines spiritual wisdom with practical experience to help professional and lay communicators represent the church in society. If congregations and denominations heeded her advice there would be less conflict and more understanding among religions and between faith communities and the media. I thank God for her skill, humor, and hope. Quentin J. Schultze, Ph.D., Executive Director, Gainey Institute for Faith and Communication, Calvin College --Blurb from reviewer

The Word Made Fresh invites us to look at church communications as an essential Scripture-based, Gospel-inspired, and Christ-centered ministry. Rooting us firmly in Scripture and an understanding of communications practices and pitfalls, Gould challenges us to analyze all forms of church communication for their effectiveness in proclaiming Christ to the world. Rev. Susan M. Lang, Director, RevWriter Resources, LLC, church consultant, and author of numerous church leadership resources including Our Community: Dealing with Conflict in Our Congregation --Blurb from reviewer

The Word Made Fresh is essential reading for anyone who is or wants to be involved in church communication. Frederick H. Gonnerman, author, Getting the Word Out: The Alban Guide to Church Communications --Blurb from reviewer

More About the Author

Despite academic training that included completing a doctoral dissertation, Meredith Gould never intended to write books. After grinding out academic journal articles during her decade as a Sociology professor, she graduated to writing for regular folk.

An essayist and lifestyle reporter for nearly two decades, Gould was published in magazines and newspapers -- when she wasn't writing public relations blather about pest control and wall coverings. Some sort of strange interior, possibly bio-chemical and definitely psycho-spiritual thing happened after her first book was published in 1998.

"I guess I'm a book author," says Gould, who now has nine published books to her credit. She's also swift to point out that being a mid-list author is hardly lucrative. "Providing digital strategy and editorial services pays the mortgage."

Digital strategy? An early adopter of social media, Gould is a fierce evangelist for its value for building and sustaining community. Her most recent work is focused on how social media can and should be used by faith organizations. To that end, she founded a weekly Twitter-based chat (#ChSocM) that's focused on church social media. (Read more about that: http://churchsocmed.blogspot.com)

For literary relaxation, Gould blogs about the spirituality of everyday life at More Meredith Gould (http://meredithgould.blogspot.com). For even more information, check out her LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/meredithgould. Email from readers is always welcomed!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Hendricks on January 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
A helpful primer for church communicators everywhere. Meredith Gould draws on her experience with Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran congregations, and it's clear that church communication headaches transcend our denominational differences.

It's immensely practical, but in a way that taps into the deep spiritual roots of our calling. The very first chapter explores how church communication is ministry. Creating bulletins and prepping announcements isn't some mundane administrative task, it's a holy calling. You're doing gospel work. That's a needed reminder (even 5 years after this book first came out) and an appreciated pat on the back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scooter on June 10, 2012
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You know a book has influenced you when you repeat stories from it to others--that's the case here time and time again. Dr. Gould combines excellent writing skills, liturgical knowledge and savvy, appreciation for research, people smarts, and dry humor to help you understand God's calling to a communications ministry and the steps to take in helping the church make disciples who make disciples.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Harrigan on August 8, 2008
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The Word Made Fresh provides exercises for both individuals and groups that guide those involved in church communications toward a better process and more productive results. And it's all done within a faith-based, spiritual framework, defining church communications as a ministry and encouraging both a prayerful and practical approach. This book is a great tool for church groups, laity, theology students and staff, as well as any individual seeking to improve his/her communication skills. Two people have tried to borrow mine already after looking through a few pages and seeing the many practical tips and resources inside.
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