New York Times best-selling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a quest to find out what it really means to be part of the Church.
Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals - Church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back. And so she set out on a journey to understand the Church and to find her place in it.
Centered around seven sacraments, Evans' quest takes listeners through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest.
A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.
©2015 Rachel Held Evans (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers
I think this is RHE's best book so far. She's honest and humble. The humility was a pleasant surprise! I love how she uses the sacraments to make her own journey. Beautifully written and ruggedly honest account of her church journey so far. I sense she's just beginning to see that her church journey and her spiritual journey are two related, but different, things.
As a Gen-Xer raised in the evangelical church, about half this book resonated so perfectly with me that I should probably be given co-authorship credit. The other half (mostly the abstract, "poetic" parts) went in one ear and out the other. Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
While I don't necessarily agree with everything RHE says in this book, she has a remarkable ability of putting into words many of the same things spinning around in my own head. We live in a Christian society that frowns on anyone questioning evangelical mainstream thought, yet if we are honest, the questions Rachel addresses are the very ones going around in our own heads. Where can we safely turn to address these questions? This is a good place to start.
After reflecting on everything wrong in today's American churches, Rachel Held Evans reminded me that rooting for the demise of "those" Christians isn't helping, either. It was a humbling reminder that we all have work to do.
The story about the young gay Christian in the chapter "Enough" had me in tears.
This book is funny, moving, and inspiring. Every Christian should read it.
I think Rachel has an incredible accuracy when speaking about church and for a certain demographic of its members. I grew up in church, have had many wounds from it, and yet, am sitting in a place of leading a local church. I feel the tension this book invokes on a daily basis. I am so happy that there are so many millennials that would stand and fight for the Church to move forward in grace, humility, and love.
Her experiences sometimes mirror my own and sometimes diverge, and either way the stories are honest and poignant. Her summaries of the history of Christianity and calm, big-picture interpretations of scripture seem to take the long view. I'm thankful I read this. And I'm thankful for every minute of my experience with the church.
A must read for those in (and out of) the church.
Rachel Held-Evans has put the very cry of my heart into words ... Beautiful words. Although we have different origin stories, it seems that we have come to many of the same perspectives, conclusions, and desires for the church.
I have heard about Rachel Held Evans. I knew I would most likely disagree with her, but I decided to check her out for myself. There were a few things I could relate to: a lot of church youth groups (at least back in my youth) focused more on silly games and fun activities than that on discovering who Jesus is. Like Rachel, I was a goody-goody church girl, full of self-righteousness and quick to judge. BUT, that is where the similarity stops. After maturing and growing in my faith, and after years of having God remove me from my comfort zone more times than I can count, I have come to even more of a realization of who God is and who I am NOT. He is the author of my salvation; He knit me together in my mother's womb; He is the sovereign creator of the universe, yet knew how to draw a little girl in a tiny, rural town to Himself and wash her clean. He sometimes He works in ways I do not understand. BUT if I believe that He is GOOD and that He is HOLY and that He is LOVE, I either learn to trust and believe Him, or I decide I know better than He does, and thus decide to create my own version of God...one who is less offensive, less cut and dried, and ultimately much less powerful. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I believe, trust, and obey. This kind of arrogant "I know better than God" theology will send people straight to Hell. We can grapple with Him, and we certainly have seasons of doubt. We eventually come back to the same question: do I believe that God is Who He says He is, or not? If so, I trust that His ways and His word are good, holy, and righteous. The best way to show love and grace to people is to introduce them to the source of Love and Grace. Don't water down scripture and present a distorted version of God the Father and God the Son just to make the gospel more palatable.
"really captured what we are feeling"
great book. great revising. really captured or thoughts on church and lgbt community. will heartily recommend
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