Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined

Jonathan Merritt. FaithWords, $20 (208p) ISBN 978-1-4555-2787-8
Silence. Mystery. Waiting. Are these the moments and means of God’s presence? Sharing intense personal stories of distress, doubt, and divine deliberation, Merritt (A Faith of Our Own) leads readers on a search to “live with wide eyes” expecting to find a “boundless” and “better” God than they imagined. A seasoned writer, Merritt knows how to craft a recipe that brings together intimate and inspirational stories and biblical narratives for great effect. Just as he did in previous books, Merritt does more than offer pithy one-liners, which he does in spades (“I’m tempted to treat my faith community like a pair of blue jeans”), but he gives voice to a collective yearning among young evangelicals and spiritual wanderers: where is God in this mess? Merritt’s answer is provided with winsome writing and absorbing tales that reveal a God that is found in unforeseen places. While not every chapter is equally captivating, the sum total of the book is one that is worth a read for those wondering if Jesus is better than they imagined or previously experienced. Agent: Christopher Ferebee. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/10/2014
Release date: 04/01/2014
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