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Jesus is better than you imagined

Author: Jonathan Merritt
Publisher: New York : Faith Words, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Is the God who created us better than the God we've created? After following Jesus for nearly two decades, Jonathan Merritt decides to confront the emptiness of a faith that has become dry, predictable, and rote. In a moment of desperation, he cries out for God to show up and surprise him, and over the next year, God doesn't disappoint. In JESUS IS BETTER THAN YOU IMAGINED, Jonathan shares vulnerable,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Merritt, Jonathan.
Jesus is better than you imagined.
(DLC) 2013038683
(OCoLC)869823058
Named Person: Jesus Christ.; Jesus Christ.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Merritt
ISBN: 9781455580019 1455580015 9781455527885 1455527882
OCLC Number: 875275109
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 191 pages)
Responsibility: Jonathan Merritt ; foreword by John Ortberg.

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Is the God who created us better than the God we've created? After following Jesus for nearly two decades, Jonathan Merritt decides to confront the emptiness of a faith that has become dry, predictable, and rote. In a moment of desperation, he cries out for God to show up and surprise him, and over the next year, God doesn't disappoint. In JESUS IS BETTER THAN YOU IMAGINED, Jonathan shares vulnerable, never-before-shared stories of how he learned to encounter Jesus in unexpected ways. Through a 60-hour vow of silence in a desert monastery, he experiences Jesus in silence. When a friend dies of a rare disease, he sees Jesus in tragedy. Through confronting childhood sexual abuse, Jonathan discovers Jesus in honesty. In an anti-Christian-themed bar, he finds Jesus in sacrilege. And when he's almost kidnapped in Haiti by armed bandits, he experiences Jesus in the impossible. Though Merritt finds himself in places he never dreamed of, he doesn't lose his way. Instead, these experiences force him back to the Bible, where he repeatedly offers fresh, sometimes provocative, interpretations of familiar passages. Along the way, he throws back the covers on the sleepy faith of many Christians, urging them to search for the Holy in their midst. Pointed and poignant by turns, Jonathan helps readers open their hearts to a mysterious God and a faith that sustains, guides, and most importantly, surprises. His fearlessly honest story invites us all to discover the messy mercy and crazy grace of a sometimes startling Savior.

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"Looking for God? Jonathan Merritt opens the window of his private life and lets us look and listen in. He weaves his story with the stories of his friends and Bible characters. He tells secrets most Read more...

 
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