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

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

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GOD BREATHED reaches young adults wrestling through profound issues—identity, sexuality, suicidality, human rights, and creation care. Thoughtful, heart-to-heart exploration of Scripture’s lifegiving truth on these topics and more makes it ideal for high school and college students and those who love and serve them.

"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

"I talk a lot of nonsense to myself. With age, though, I'm realizing more deeply how I have to listen to God speak, to his definition of who I am, what I need, and what he has secured for me in Christ. This is a fantastic book for anyone looking for better answers than usual to the questions of our contemporary culture and our own hearts."Michael Horton is J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California


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.