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Episode 007 “Living Centered at the Intersection of Faith and Psychology”

Featuring Jonathan Merritt

Where do we turn when our faith background or the culture we grew up in has a complicated relationship with modern psychology, therapy, and emotional health? Can you hold both with respect and care?  
If you’ve ever wrestled with this topic, we know you’ll deeply connect with this week’s guest—award-winning author and speaker, Jonathan Merritt. Jonathan is a popular thought-leader and writer on issues of faith and culture. Throughout the interview, he shares his professional expertise and personal experience regarding the intersection between faith and psychology and the deep healing that comes from authentically exploring and merging the two disciplines.

Meet this episode’s expert

Jonathan Merritt is one of America’s most popular writers on issues of faith and culture. He is the author of several critically-acclaimed books, including Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words are Vanishing – and How We Can Revive Them, named “Book of the Year” by the Englewood Review of Books.  

Jonathan is an award-winning contributor for The Atlantic, a contributing editor for The Week, and a regular columnist for Religion News Service. He has published more than 3,000 articles in respected outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and Christianity Today.  

In addition to the written word, Jonathan regularly contributes commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets. He has been interviewed by ABC World News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, PBS, and CBS’ “60 Minutes.” 

Jonathan is also a sought after speaker at colleges, conferences, and churches on topics relating to spirituality, politics, and current events. Whether he is delivering an academic lecture or inspirational sermon, Jonathan’s captivating communication style and powerful presence are well-suited for intimate gatherings of hundreds or arenas filled with thousands.  

As a collaborator or ghostwriter, Jonathan has worked on more than 50 books, with several titles landing on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Additionally, he trains hundreds of young writers through his Write Brilliant seminars and online course. He is often available for exclusive one-on-one coaching for a select number of advanced writers. 

Jonathan holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and has done additional graduate work focused on ascetical theology at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church.  

He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Wilbur Award for excellence in journalism and the Religion News Association’s columnist of the year award.  

Jonathan currently happily resides in New York City. He is an aspiring dog dad, a college football fan, and intolerable before coffee. 

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