Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity

Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity

by Matthew Paul Turner
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Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity by Matthew Paul Turner

Americans love God. We stamp God on our money, our bumper stickers, and our bodies. With a church on nearly every street, it's hard to deny our country's deep connection with the divine.

Yet culture critic Matthew Paul Turner says that God didn't just change America-America changed God. As a result, do we even recognize the "real" God?

Whip-smart and provocative, Turner explores the United States' vast influence on God, told through an amazing true history of faith, politics, and evangelical pyrotechnics.

From Puritans to Pentecostals, from progressives to mega-pastors, Turner examines how American history and ideals transformed our perception of God. Fearless and funny, this is the definitive guide to the American experience of the Almighty-a story so bizarre, incredible, and entertaining that it could only be made in the U.S.A.

No matter what your political or religious affiliation, this book will challenge and delight with its razor sharp wit, social commentary, and savvy historical insight. It will make you reconsider the way you think about America as a "Christian nation," and help you re-imagine a better future for God and country.

Ultimately, Turner dares to ask: Does God control the future of America-or is it the other way around?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455547340
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 08/19/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Matthew Paul Turner is the author of Churched, The Christian Culture Survival Guide, and Everything You Need To Know Before College. Before he began writing and speaking full-time, he served as editor of CCM and music and entertainment editor of Crosswalk.com. He and his wife Jessica live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Torias-Books-And-Music More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent short and concise history of American Christianity. It is very well written; serious at times and cynical and critical at others. I did find myself laughing and relating very much to what was presented. Having grown up in an Evangelical, almost fundamentalist home, I saw much of what Turner sees as the flaws with our church in America. Somehow, Turner keeps a rather positive attitude about where the church is headed and sees a positive future for the church. I am not so sure I agree with that, unless some MAJOR changes occur. If you are wondering where your faith comes from and why, as we become more global, you feel your faith is so far removed from those in other countries, then I recommend this book! (Full disclosure-I was presented this book at no charge from the publisher for reviewing purposes)