When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God

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When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God

Format:  Paperback,

434 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Nov 2012

ISBN-13: 9780307277275

ISBN-10: 0307277275

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A "New York Times" Notable Book
A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of 2012
A bold approach to understanding the American evangelical experience from an anthropological and psychological perspective by one of the country's most prominent anthropologists.
Through a series of intimate, illuminating interviews with various members of the Vineyard, an evangelical church with hundreds of congregations across the country, Tanya Luhrmann leaps into the heart of evangelical faith. Combined with scientific research that studies the effect that intensely practiced prayer can have on the mind, "When God Talks Back" examines how normal, sensible people--from college students to accountants to housewives, all functioning perfectly well within our society--can attest to having the signs and wonders of the supernatural become as quotidian and as ordinary as laundry. Astute, sensitive, and extraordinarily measured in its approach to the interface between science and religion, Luhrmann's book is sure to generate as much conversation as it will praise.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Nov 2012
ISBN-13: 9780307277275
ISBN-10: 0307277275
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 434
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0

Chapter outline

A Note on Quotationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Invitationp. 3
Is That You, God?p. 39
Let's Pretendp. 72
Developing Your Heartp. 101
Learning' from the Expertsp. 132
Lord, Teach Us to Prayp. 157
The Skill of Prayerp. 189
But Are They Crazy?p. 227
Darknessp. 267
Bridging the Gapp. 300
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
Notesp. 329
Bibliographic Notesp. 367
Bibliographyp. 389
Indexp. 417

Book description

A New York Times Notable Book

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012

A bold approach to understanding the American evangelical experience from an anthropological and psychological perspective by one of the country's most prominent anthropologists.

Through a series of intimate, illuminating interviews with various members of the Vineyard, an evangelical church with hundreds of congregations across the country, Tanya Luhrmann leaps into the heart of evangelical faith. Combined with scientific research that studies the effect that intensely practiced prayer can have on the mind, When God Talks Back examines how normal, sensible people—from college students to accountants to housewives, all functioning perfectly well within our society—can attest to having the signs and wonders of the supernatural become as quotidian and as ordinary as laundry. Astute, sensitive, and extraordinarily measured in its approach to the interface between science and religion, Luhrmann's book is sure to generate as much conversation as it will praise.

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