Our Great Big American God: Why You Need This Book

by jessicaturner on August 19, 2014

Our Great Big American God by Matthew Paul Turner
As a Christian, it can be very easy to live a comfortable faith journey, resting on the laurels of worship music, community groups and Sunday services. I know I have done this in my own life.

I think that is why I am so thankful for my husband, Matthew Paul Turner – because he is not comfortable with believers/the church living with the status quo. He asks hard questions and takes a stand. It is one of the many character traits I love about him – and why I think his voice is so needed in today’s culture.

His new book, Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity releases today and frankly, I think every person who calls themselves a Christian in America needs to read it.

Here’s the thing. We learn American history in school. But most of us know little about the history of our faith, particularly how it has been influenced in the past 400 years in America. And knowing the backstory is incredibly important.

As I read Our Great Big American God, I found myself nodding my head again and again. I thought about my own faith and how its been shaped.

I know this isn’t my usual type of book recommendation, but I hope that makes it all the more clear to you that this is something I really believe in. You might not agree with everything in the book, and that’s okay too. Faith is a journey and the journey is made better when we are students who are challenged.

And lest you think I am just a biased wife (and surely I am), read what others are saying:

This is easily my book recommendation of the year. It is insightful, funny, and heavy; encouraging, challenging, and heartbreaking at times. It’s a book for everyone in the Church. Truly, “must read.”

Before you get mad at Matthew Paul Turner’s next thought-provoking post…before you reach down to pick up a stone, pause to remember that he’s giving you a gift—himself—and asking you to think, to grow, to become deeper, and more passionate follower of Jesus.
5 Reasons the Church Needs Matthew Paul Turner and Our Great Big American God

“This book is enlightening, funny and filled with so many historical insights, I found myself uttering ‘Aha!’ at least twice per page.”
AJ Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically

I hope that you will pick up Our Great Big American God today.

Note: Amazon is currently listing the book out of stock, but you can still go ahead and order the book. It will ship soon. Of course, you can also order it on Barnes and Noble or Books a Million, who both have it in stock!

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Disney Project Life Pages
I have been hard at work on my Project Life pages, and even though it isn’t a Tuesday, thought I would share the rest of my Disney pages. (Some links in this post are affiliate links)

For these Disney Project Life pages, I used a lot of the new Heidi Swapp Project Life collection from Michaels.

If you haven’t seen the buzz about these kits, you are missing out! They are available exclusively at Michaels and you can use coupons on them. (I recommend the Snip Snip app because it has multiple Michaels coupons in it.) Here’s a video about some of my favorite products, including the glitter cards used in this post.

I have loved Heidi Swapp’s designs since I began scrapbooking and it is so fun to have her products in my Project Life album. The glitter seemed PERFECT for my Disney Project Life pages.

Okay, onto the pages. :)

Disney Project Life Pages
On the first spread, I have some Instagrams on the left and then a page focusing on Elias participating in the Jedi Training Academy. (Read all about our experience here). The page is from this this multi-pack of page protectors, which is only $4 right now on Amazon. (This is my favorite pack of page protectors!)

Disney Project Life PagesI love all the gold glitter cards on this spread- perfect, huh?

Disney Project Life PagesOn the next spread I used more glitter cards and a glitter chipboard on the 12×6 photo. I love the bit of journaling on the edge of that photo. (And since someone typically asks, I print my odd sized photos at home!)

Disney Project Life Pages

The right page is a simple Design C page (on sale for less than $5 on Amazon right now). I love using these pages when I have a bunch of 4×6 photos to use.

Disney Project Life Pages

The last spread I kept very simple, focusing on getting more of our favorite pictures in!

Disney project life pages
I think the Making Every Minute Count card is from the Aqua core kit. It seemed perfect on a page about rides.

For the last page I used a Design A page. You’ll notice that in the center I took a 6×4 photo and cut it in half to fit into two 3×4 pockets.

I’m so happy these Disney pages are complete!

To see the rest of my Disney Project Life pages, click here.

Multiple Project Life core kits are DIRT CHEAP on Amazon right now. Some are marked down because they are being retired, while others I have no idea why. Regardless, now is a great time to stock up on product, buy for gifts (Christmas, birthdays), etc. The past few weeks we have been seeing a lot of kits drop in price on Amazon. Prices change quickly, so don’t wait.

Project Life by Becky Higgins Core Kit – Cobalt Edition Sale: $14.43 (RETIRING, reg, price $29.99)

Project Life by Becky Higgins Core Kit – Baby Edition for Her Sale: $14.08 (RETIRING, reg, price $29.99)

Project Life Core Kit – Gender Neutral Baby Edition Sale: $9.99 (RETIRING, reg, price $29.99)

Project Life by Becky Higgins Core Kit – Baby Edition for Him Sale: $21.68 (RETIRING, reg, price $29.99)

Project Life by Becky Higgins Core Kit – Seafoam Edition: Sale price: $12.75 (reg. $29.99)

Project Life by Becky Higgins Core Kit – Olive Edition: Sale price: $11.97 (reg. $29.99)


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