Hannah Notess's Reviews > When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God

When God Talks Back by T.M. Luhrmann
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Mar 01, 15

it was amazing
Read from February 12 to 25, 2015

Anyone who wants a better understanding of American Evangelicalism should read this book; it's wonderful. Although her fieldwork is done in a Vineyard church, so it's focused mostly on the charismatic strain of evangelicalism, that strain is so influential in the broader evangelical movement - particularly through music and practices of spirituality - that I think it's really worth a good look.

There's something really refreshing to me about talking about spiritual practices in the academic languages of psychology and anthropology – maybe because I find oftentimes the way other Christians talk about their spiritual experiences confusing. I'm not the type of person who hears God all the time, so oftentimes I feel like they're talking right past me.

What Luhrmann finds: Spiritual disciplines and prayer practices really do change the mind and open it to experiences of God. Maybe that could even happen for someone like me.

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