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When God Talks Back

When God Talks Back

Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God

by T.M. Luhrmann

"This is religious writing at its best—a masterful examination that is a candid, humble, clear-eyed, and affirming record of what faith looks like and how it operates."

— Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence and founding editor of Publishers Weekly's Religion Department

JOIN US FOR A LIVE CHAT WITH T.M. LUHRMANN

Friday, April 27, 2-3pm EDT, here at the Book Club!

About the Book

About the Book

How does God become and remain real for modern evangelicals? Read more about the new book exploring the evangelical relationship with God.

Read an Excerpt

Read an Excerpt

T.M. Luhrmann

"How does God become real for people?" Read the Preface to the compelling new book by psychological anthropologist and Stanford professor Tanya Luhrmann.

Praise for <em>When God Talks Back</em>

Praise for When God Talks Back

What Phyllis Tickle, Randall Balmer, Joel Robbins, and a host of national media are saying about T.M. Luhrmann’s new book on how Evangelicals listen for--and hear--God.

Live Chat with T.M. Luhrmann

Live Chat with T.M. Luhrmann

Join author Tanya Luhrmann as she answers your questions and comments about experiences of God during a live chat on Friday, April 27 at 2 pm EDT.

Author Website

Author Website

Visit T.M. Luhrmann's website for more about the author and her work, and to join a forum on experiences of God.

An Interview with the Author

An Interview with the Author

The author of When God Talks Back talks about her research and her findings.

Book Club Roundtable

Train the Brain

Train the Brain

Scot McKnight

T.M. Luhrmann has undertaken to examine the religious experience of Christians in John Wimber’s legacy, the Vineyard movement. Mercy, what a task she has chosen. Here are some of my observations...

What Does it Mean When God Talks Back?

What Does it Mean When God Talks Back?

Jana Riess

Learning to discern God's voice is an emotional enterprise, yes, but it also requires an enormous amount of uphill cognitive work. 

Who Thinks That God is Still Speaking?

Who Thinks That God is Still Speaking?

Tony Jones

Luhrmann writes of her experiences in the Vineyard congregation with sensitivity and a keen eye. She has no axe to grind. Her writing is in the best of the social science tradition of participant-observer.

An Atheist Responds to

An Atheist Responds to "When God Talks Back"

Leah Libresco

Is kataphatic prayer or meditation only an unreasonable gamble for skeptics? If you believe in God is the marginal harm a lot lower?

What's Hard is Simple, What's Natural Comes Hard

What's Hard is Simple, What's Natural Comes Hard

Leah Libresco

Cultivating a personal, two-way relationship is a choice for these Christians, and the sheer level of effort they put into changing their minds trips a lot of my epistemological red flags. 

How Does God Talk Back to You?

How Does God Talk Back to You?

Kurt Willems

This book may just give you some helpful insights into the immense struggle that Christian face to experience God and may be a bridge for dialogue between Christians and non-Christians.

How Do You Hear God's Voice?

How Do You Hear God's Voice?

T.M. Luhrmann

"The task of becoming a Christian—at least, this kind of Christian—demands that someone learns to overcome the fundamental human awareness that our minds are private." Read a series of blogposts by T.M. Luhrmann related to her book.

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Live Chat with Author, Friday 4/27, 2-3pm EDT

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