New York Times bestselling 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 to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.
Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers 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.
Evans (A Year of Biblical Womanhood) uses the lens of her own journey as an evangelical Christian to explore what is happening in church circles today and, more broadly, what it means to be part of a church community. Evans humorously describes her gradual evolution from a teenager with a "crusader complex" to an adult who became increasingly uncomfortable with her church's conservative theology: "The trouble started when I began to suspect God was less concerned with saving people from hell than I was." Dividing the book into sections named after sacraments, Evans begins by contemplating, in lyrical prose, the theological significance of each sacrament's key ingredient (water, bread, ash, etc.). A powerful storyteller, Evans captures transformative moments, such as leaving a church full "of kind, generous people"; investing wholeheartedly in a new church that "collapsed slowly, one week at a time"; and witnessing healing at the Gay Christian Network's conference, feeling "simultaneously furious at Christianity's enormous capacity to wound and awed by its miraculous capacity to heal." Honest and moving, this memoir is both theologically astute and beautifully written.
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You are not alone if you believe and doubt!
This book was recommended by another author Jamie Wright through her blog. Having grown up in a religious environment similar to Rachel’s, I can relate to a lot of what she’s saying. The part that stuck home was the statement, and I’m paraphrasing, that she never would have guessed her “on fire” Christian faith would die out. The journey she has taken, and continues to, is well written though a bit disjointed at times.
Overlooking that, though, I found this book to be very personal and riddled with humor. My takeaway was, again, that believers like Rachel are not alone. I found some of it hitting deep in my own struggles that I continue to have.
Slow in spots, moving in others, I highly recommend this book. So many pastors and believers might find it a bit offensive in spots, but that may be that they, like me, are still on a journey, no doubt about it.
Searching for Sunday
After many insightful and honest discussions about organized religion, my hairdresser put down the foil and showed me this book. I found Rachel Evans’ writing style and content to be funny and spot on. I’m telling everyone about this author. God DOES work in mysterious ways!
As a Christian my entire life and now in my early/mid 30’s I related to this book more than I can ever express. I’ve been angry with church for years for them trying to be ‘cool’ and ‘different’ when all we need as the body of Christ is the Word! We all won’t agree on everything all the time but this book was so beautiful and I applaud Rachel for being bold in her faith. Keep it up girl!