Divine Gravity: Sparking a Movement to Recover a Better Christian Story


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Herald Press (VA)
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Meghan Larissa Good is lead pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona. She has degrees from Gordon College, Duke Divinity School, and Portland Seminary. In addition to being a passionate preacher and storyteller, she is in demand as a speaker on biblical hermeneutics, Anabaptism, and contemporary preaching. She is also the author of The Bible Unwrapped: Making Sense of Scripture Today.


"I'm so grateful for gifted leaders like Meghan Larissa Good who are not only theologizing about ways forward for Christian leaders and communities but also experimenting with embodying creative theology in congregational practice. The world needs to see congregations of people who are actually following Christ, and that's exactly where Divine Gravity leads."
--BRIAN D. MCLAREN, author of Do I Stay Christian?
"Though it is still far off most people's radar screen, there is a grassroots movement of the Spirit around the globe in which individuals and groups are rediscovering the beauty of a Jesus-centered God who empowers them to live like Jesus in order to partner with God in transforming our world in a Jesus-kind-of-way. With this powerful and insightful book, Meghan Larissa Good gives voice to this rising movement, highlighting its distinctive convictions while addressing how it corrects distortions of the gospel in the past. In the process, she presents a vision of God, the church, and the world that is as refreshing as it is compelling. If you're one of the many who have lost hope in the church, or who just got bored, you owe it to yourself to read this remarkable book!"
--GREGORY A. BOYD, senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood, Minnesota, president of ReKnew Ministries (ReKnew.org), and author of Cross Vision
"As the twenty-first-century church has wandered from its center and lost track of Jesus, this book can help us rediscover and return to the centrality of Jesus--or, I should say, this book can help reorient us toward Jesus again, rediscovering who he is, and can result in a new and fresh approach in our relationship with Scripture. Divine Gravity is so timely--it gives us fresh air to breathe, an air of hope that shows the Spirit is at work stirring something again. What the Protestant Reformation did in the sixteenth century, Divine Gravity might do for us today, ushering us into a rediscovery of Jesus and his centrality to the Christian faith and life."
--SAMUEL KEFAS SARPIYA, executive director at the Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation in Rockford, Illinois
"A timely book indeed! In a world increasingly running short on hope, and with a keen and piercing analysis of our time, Meghan Larissa Good dares to hope! Her hope is based on an alternative story to that of the world, which is that God is at work renewing all things. God's redemptive work might seem distant and untenable to many, given the seeming strength of the competing stories that form and shape us all, which is why now is the time to re-story the Christian story! Good provides the reason why we should do this and the resources to employ to recover that better story. This book is a must-read for those who believe in the story of Jesus and dare to hope for a better, God-shaped future for creation."
--NELSON OKANYA, Global Missions President of the Center for Serving Leadership and chair of Global Mission Fellowship for Mennonite World Conference
In Divine Gravity, Meghan Larissa Good provides a fresh perspective and hope-filled invitation to Jesus followers. Rooted in both a rich understanding of Scripture and her experience and witness of real-life communities, Good offers a compelling reimagination of the story of God's work and the redemptive potential of the people of God here and now. This anointed call to unity cultivated from a different center has the potential to recalibrate our understanding of mission and ministry in our time.
--Keri Ladouceur, pastor and founder of New Ground Network
"In this engagingly written book, Meghan Larissa Good has given me new hope for the cause of the gospel. And she has done it by effectively addressing my fears--and even by correcting some of my theological confusions!"
--RICHARD J. MOUW, president emeritus and senior professor of faith and public life at Fuller Seminary
"With Divine Gravity, pastor Meghan Larissa Good has created a work that will make followers of Jesus rethink what faith and faithfulness mean in the twenty-first century. Her work is thought-provoking, deeply scriptural, and delightfully cheeky. Readers may not agree with Good on every count, but the questions she poses are invaluable for we who collectively and desperately desire a realignment of the Western church to God's great story."
--ONEYA OKUWOBI, teaching pastor at 21st Century Church and assistant professor of sociology at University of Cincinnati
"Divine Gravity offers a vividly written, hugely relevant, Anabaptist-inflected presentation of the way of Jesus. Meghan Larissa Good is a new voice to me, but she is clearly a rising star of the next generation of Christian writers. I will be looking forward to hearing what she has to say for many years to come."
--DAVID P. GUSHEE, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University and author of After Evangelicalism
"Much is wrong with Christianity, and Jesus is the answer. Meghan Larissa Good breathes new life into that tired phrase. In this book, doubters, critics, and the wounded will feel heard. She acknowledges the depth of the problems. She presses beyond cliché and shallow understandings of Jesus and sparks hope. The way of Jesus that she presents truly can bring change. This book overflows with images, stories, and illustrations that communicate deep insights with freshness and clarity."
--MARK D. BAKER, professor of Mission and Theology at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and author of Centered-Set Church