When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God

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Vintage Books, 2012 - Religion - 434 pages
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A bold approach to understanding the American evangelical experience from an anthropological and psychological perspective by one of the country's most prominent anthropologists.
Through a series of intimate, illuminating interviews with various members of the Vineyard, an evangelical church with hundreds of congregations across the country, Tanya Luhrmann leaps into the heart of evangelical faith. Combined with scientific research that studies the effect that intensely practiced prayer can have on the mind, When God Talks Back examines how normal, sensible people--from college students to accountants to housewives, all functioning perfectly well within our society--can attest to having the signs and wonders of the supernatural become as quotidian and as ordinary as laundry. Astute, sensitive, and extraordinarily measured in its approach to the interface between science and religion, Luhrmann's book is sure to generate as much conversation as it will praise. 


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Luhrmann's exploration of the technologies of prayer used by evangelical Christians fascinated me and illuminated my own prayer experiences, although I do not engage in quite the same practices as the ... Read full review

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

The author seems to have joined a church community to observe and report on behavior - a dubious premise. Focusing on staying an outsider, is it possible to be accurate in something that touches so deeply? Also, seems mostly ignorant of the long tradition of mysticism in the historical Church. Read full review


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Tanya Luhrmann is a psychological anthropologist and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. She received her education from Harvard and Cambridge universities, and was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. In 2007, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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