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God Breathed: Connecting through Scripture to God, Others, the Natural World, and Yourself
God Breathed: Connecting through Scripture to God, Others, the Natural World, and Yourself

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Author: Rut Etheridge III
Publisher: Crown & Covenant Publications
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410 pp

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Product Code: DS555

"This book actually changed my life. The last chapter healed deep things in my heart...I still cry when I think of it." —Lacey Sturm, chart-topping hard rock solo artist, author of The Reason [from the Foreword]

"I was very heartened to see someone write a book as brave and honest as this one. Scholarly, engaging, and remarkably accessible, this book takes history seriously and refuses to simplify complex issues. Drawing from early Church fathers through Descartes, Kant, and Nietzsche to purveyors of pop culture and advocates of atheism, Rut addresses contemporary cultural issues from a perspective many would prefer not to consider—but that cannot be ignored." —Janie Harden Fritz, professor of communication and rhetorical studies, Duquesne University

"Whereas many critiques of culture complain and scold, Etheridge decides instead to explain and counsel—and does so supremely well. He speaks to people both inside and outside the church, as well as those feeling caught in between. His message about Christianity and contemporary culture is clear. Each chapter feels like it was written with both passion and compassion.” —Russell Haitch, professor of Theology and Human Science, Bethany Theological Seminary

Self-made truth is the air we breathe in our day, which past philosophers hailed as the Age of the Lonely Self. You feel it when the silence falls around you and the whispers start within you: that growing, gnawing isolation, that deepening detachment from the world, from others, from yourself. God Breathed will help you understand and courageously doubt the popular dogma that God cannot speak, that the Bible is not only inaccurate but impossible. It will help you break out of the soul-suffocating confines of self-made truth. Within the pages of God’s book is the true you, just waiting for you to arrive. God Breathed will help you get there.

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God Breathed September 9, 2019
Reviewer: Elizabeth Flynt from Rome, NY United States  
This book couldn’t have come into my life at a more perfect time. When I started reading God Breathed, I was at a spiritual decline; doubting God’s existence and the credibility of the Bible. Reading this book sparked a desire to pick up my Bible and pursue a relationship with God. It is truly a life changer in my experience.

Rut Etheridge first addresses where philosophers, such as Kant and Nietzsche, went wrong trying to explain God’s role in the world and what their ideas have done to our culture today. In a most sincere, loving way, Rut points us back to truth, encouraging us to fight against modern day ideologies and trust in the One who created all. Intelligently written, mixed with humor, and compassion that will pull at your heartstrings.

I was given a prerelease copy of God Breathed to give my honest opinion.

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God Breathed reads like the best sort of college c September 4, 2019
Reviewer: Jessica  
God Breathed reads like the best sort of college class: full of non-cheesy references, thoughtful discussions, and powerful applications.

Beginning with Scripture and tracing historical and philosophical ideas and movements, Rut Etheridge also uses song lyrics, film illustrations, literature references, personal narratives, and more, to lead us on a tour of human-thought history. Countering many voices who claim that truth is either merely personal or totally irrelevant, Etheridge makes the case that truth is a real thing that we can know and that doesn't originate or depend on us.

And he does it with so much love.

I fully recommend God Breathed to both believers and unbelievers, as well as to those unsure about church, hurt by church, or even opposed to church–and anyone who loves these kinds of people.

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Full of Accessible and Profound Insights August 30, 2019
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from ,  
This book taught me things that I probably should have learned at some point in my K-12 Christian education but didn’t. Here are some of the things I loved about it:

• It provides deep philosophical background in an accessible, readable, and sometimes humorous manner.

• It validates negative feelings, but also points the way forward from those feelings. It convicts without condemnation.

• It approaches delicate topics with sensitivity and love.

• It discusses the power of words and speech, the power of art and music, the power of songs, and the power of story

• It sheds new light on certain Bible stories and Psalms

This is a book that I would like my children to read when they are old enough, and it is a book that will almost certainly still be helpful to me in the future.

I read an advance copy of this book for my honest review.

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