When Matthew Paul Turner stands in front of an audience, one can be assured that the presentation of this author, blogger, speaker, and a leading progressive voice in evangelicalism will be will be funny, entertaining, poignant, and direct, but never boring!
Whether he’s retelling the story of a Sunday school teacher who set a Barbie doll on fire to explain hell or sharing the 400 year old story of a Puritan named Anne Hutchinson, who helped shape God into the deity that Americans worship today, Turner is always a storyteller. And his primary goal is to use the power of story to bring laughter, insight, emotion, and truth. Most of all, Matthew loves talking about God’s story and how it relates, shapes, reveals itself in life’s big and small moments.
As a speaker, Turner has taken this story to Colleges and Universities (Baylor, Bethel, Concordia, U of Wisconsin, Belmont, Colgate, Olivet, Missouri Baptist, Florida Southern, to name a few) Festivals (SoulFest, Cornerstone, and Lifefest) The Echo Conference and on tour with The Afters, Bethany Dillon, Matt Maher and Future of Forestry.
As a writer, Matthew has authored or coauthored nearly 20 books, including Our Great Big American God (2014), Churched (2008), Hear No Evil (2010), The Voice (a bible translation, 2012), The Coffeehouse Gospel, Everything You Need To Know Before College (2006),, and The Christian Culture Survival Guide(2004). Additionally, he has written for The Washington Post, USA Today, Relevant, Christianiy Today, The Daily Beast, Yahoo, and many other publications.
What sets Matthew apart from today’s throng of Christian communicators is his talent for combining thoughtful, often opinionated commentary about a variety of faith-related topics with poignant, spot-on wit and self-deprecating insight. Lauded by Publishers Weekly as “one of Christianity’s fresh voices” and revered by some as the “Christian David Sedaris,” Matthew Paul Turner communicates what lots of people are thinking and unwilling to say aloud.
In 2006, Matthew launched the blog JesusNeedsNewPR.net as a platform to discuss various aspects and opinions regarding Christianity and American Culture. The humorous and thoughtful blog rapidly acquired a large and loyal fanbase. Four years later, in March 2010, Matthew overhauled the site with a self-hosted domain (MatthewPaulTurner.com) and a refined strategy. In the past 19 months, more than 4.5 million people have visited MatthewPaulTurner.com, and many have become daily readers.
Matthew, along with his wife, Jessica, and their children, Elias and Adeline, live in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to writing, raising children, and volunteer work, Matthew is also a live music enthusiast, a novel woodcarver, and an amateur photographer.
HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT MATTHEW:
“Matthew Paul Turner has written a fascinating biography of God–specifically God’s sojourn in America. 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
“OUR GREAT BIG AMERICAN GOD by Matthew Paul Turner combines history, social commentary and good writing into a powerful work that tells us just why we Americans are all so crazy-God made us do it! If you want to understand America, read this book.”
—Frank Schaeffer, author, And God Said, “Billy!”
“In this book Matthew Paul Turner gives us a glimpse into how the church in America has been trying its best to destroy Christianity, and gives us some hope that it might just survive regardless.”
—Peter Rollins, author, The Idolatry of God
“I read Matthew Paul Turner books for two reasons, he’s been a good friend for years and his ideas always challenge me. The question, “Who have I made God out to be?” is a critical one to wrestle with, and this book provides the gym for the match.”
—Jon Acuff, New York Times best selling author of Start
“Whip-smart, wry, acerbic, and surprisingly tender, OUR GREAT BIG AMERICAN GOD is a grand family tree of the union between God and America. As a Canadian who is often baffled by—while still very influenced by—this great big American God, I found Turner’s book enlightening, bold, and downright funny.”
—Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist
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