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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

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Everything I love and hate about the church

What was one of the most memorable moments of Searching for Sunday?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story about the young gay Christian in the chapter "Enough" had me in tears.

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This book is funny, moving, and inspiring. Every Christian should read it.

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Searching for a biblical worldview

First, I did listen to the entire book. Rachel is an excellent writer with a great vocabulary. I would encourage her to remove all the labels and adjectives from her prose. She is a staunch defenslder of her progressive positions and that is her right. I just side on a biblical worldview not a progressive worldview on Chriastity. All the best on your continuing search. Blessings to you and your family.

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Her best yet

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.

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Giving words to some of what spins in my own head

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.

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Spot On!

I grew up in the Presbyterian Church, as the daughter of two Presbyterian pastors. Rachel Held Evans is my hero with this book. I have loved the church, left the church, loved the church, sought the church, and in many ways I am still searching for it. Jesus’ bride: we are broken, healing, and clinging to the fact that we are fully known and fully loved.

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Don't bother

I would not recommend this to anyone she is blatantly anti catholic and has no regard for people who don't fit her mold--yet expects respect from the very folk she denigrates

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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.

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Loved it

Honesty, color, personality and intellect shine in this book. It explores questions many are asking, but that church struggles to answer. Bless you for your project, Rachel!

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Compelling and Honest

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.

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Wonderful!!!

A poignant and timely book. If you go, or have ever been, to church -- this is an absolute must read.

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  • Ryan McGuinness
  • 07-29-15

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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  • Rosie Peters R.peters
  • 05-27-20

A honest and progressive piece

Rachel held evans is a inspiring writer and she captures her love for the Church very well.

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  • SW73
  • 01-06-20

Honest and some inspirational comments

This is an honest book, articulating the experience of many. There are many inspirational moments & it is book that I will go back to.

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  • sammieseagull
  • 11-25-20

Brill

I love Rachel's books. Really miss her being gone. Would have lived to know her.

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  • Caite
  • 11-28-21

Brilliant!

A book that made me laugh, made me cry, made me question, and gave me answers. So beautifully written, narrated and completely relatable. A real treasure!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-21

Pure Gold

Someone I know who has had many struggles in their church life, once read a blog that labelled Rachel a 'progressive', and so they won't have a bar of her work. The sad irony of how much they need to hear this book, and would undoubtedly be welcomed do so by Rachel with true grace, is just tragic. May RHE's books be read and heard far and wide, so no one, not even her haters, miss out on her empathy, wisdom, truth, humor, and love.

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  • Stephen Jolly
  • 01-21-20

Eye Opening

My first audio book. God to hear that we are not alone in our thoughts and struggles in the church.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-19

freeing

this book gives you the freedom and permission to find the right way, place and community to worship God with. Thanks Rachel for your honestly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-19

An absolute Treasure

I "found" Rachel and her books only days after she passed. Such stunning insight, relatability, and a treasure to hear her read immortalized. Thank you Rachel, for inspiring me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-19

Life changing

It was so much more than what I expected. Her grace and love unfound in this workd today. My heart still aching for the empty space she is leaving. Her voice will never be quiet xx