My latest book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford University Press), co-authored with Gerardo Marti, is well and truly ‘in press.’ We have received the cover image and the endorsements, and expect the finished product to be available in May.
We love the cover image, taken by Courtney Perry at an emerging gathering in the United States.
We also really appreciate the kind words about the book from respected sociologists of religion, Professors Robert Wuthnow and Nancy Ammerman.
Comments about the Book:
“As growing numbers of Americans say they are ‘nonreligious,’ observers note a comparable shift among those who are religious toward looser, more individualistic, anti-institutional, experimental expressions of faith. Marti and Ganiel have done a superb job of examining these emerging expressions, illuminating both the practices and beliefs of individuals and the innovative congregations they are forming.”
—Robert Wuthnow, Gerhard R. Andlinger ‘52 Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University
“In the midst of a polarized landscape, where ‘religion’ and ‘church’ signal a lack of vitality and authenticity, Emerging Churches are putting together something new out of the debris. Marti and Ganiel show us why we should pay attention. They describe the faith found here as neither shopping nor seeking, but a conversation carried on in congregations that are determinedly open and inclusive. This book provides a careful analysis of this much-discussed movement and shows why it is so well-suited to our times.”
—Nancy T. Ammerman, author of Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life