Having grown up in a town famous for its commitment to conservative fundamentalism, Rachel Held Evans nearly loses her faith when rehearsed answers to tough questions aren't enough to satisfy her growing doubts about Christianity. Evolving in Monkey Town is a story of spiritual survival that challenges listeners to reassess their approach to Christianity in the context of a postmodern environment, where knowing all the answers isn't as important as truly asking the questions.
©2010 Rachel Held Evans (P)2010 Zondervan
The author's voice is very easy to listen to and I felt like I was in a room with a friend. I found this book to have many 'aha' moments. I love it so much I got listed to her blog. I can't believe you would regret getting this book. I am planning on buying it for some of my friends so we can discuss it together.
The content - she faces most relevant and toughest questions head on and with no fear
Just about every book by Frank Schaeffer, "Love Wins" by Rob Bell, and generally to Don Miller.
Metamorphosis of faith worth witnessing
Just get it - its eye-opening and liberating
Didn't care for it. She asks the questions and then circles back to her faith without drawing a logical conclusion.
I particularly liked this part: “I’m an evolutionist because I believe that the best way to reclaim the gospel in times of change is not to cling more tightly to our convictions but to hold them with an open hand. I’m an evolutionist because I believe that sometimes God uses changes in the environment to pry idols from our grip and teach us something new. But most of all, I’m an evolutionist because my own story is one of unlikely survival – If it hadn’t been for evolution, I must have lost my faith,”. Ummm....I don't think you know what evolution is then.
She speaks my language, and she tells my story. before I knew it was my story. because when you're ashamed to ask questions, your brain and your spirit work together to keep you silent. thank you, thank you, thank you!
I listened to this book in two days. I am in a very similar place to where Rachel is in this audiobook. I too have grown up in an evangelical Christian environment and was almost obnoxiously certain and almost smug about my certainty. I was willing to accept everything that was told to me without asking questions. Then I got older. I started having more experiences and meeting different people. I really started to read the bible and have some major disagreements with some of my fellow Christians. The bible says seek and you will find and draw near to God an He will draw near to you. I think that's what Rachel is doing in this book. Asking the hard questions and searching for the truth about God, and not being afraid if the conclusions of her seeking are different traditional evangelical views.
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