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Publication Date: 2014
How an evolving spiritual journey
leads to an unshakeable faith
Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith.
In Faith Unraveled, Rachel recounts growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, struggling as her own faith unraveled one unexpected question at a time.
In order for her faith to survive, Rachel realizes, it must adapt to change and evolve. Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty to doubt to faith, Evans challenges you to disentangle your faith from false fundamentals and to trust in a God who is big enough to handle your tough questions.
In a changing cultural environment where new ideas seem to threaten the safety and security of the faith, Faith Unraveled is a fearlessly honest story of survival.
Rachel Held Evans is an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in local and national publications. She lives in Dayton, Tennessee, with her husband, Dan. Find out more at rachelheldevans.com
Myra5 Stars Out Of 5A StruggleFebruary 4, 2016MyraQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I can identify with her struggles, having shared many of them. She comes to a more mature faith, and so have I.
EVLytleFloridaGender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Some Serious Issues with the Bible and HistoryJuly 25, 2015EVLytleFloridaGender: maleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 3Here is the familiar story of the ex-evangelical who "evolved" and hopes to get other evangelicals to do the same-meaning, switch from conservative to liberal, or "committed Christian" to "post-modern sorta kinda semi-Christian." She cast aside her belief in the literalness of Genesis and, like most converts to liberalism, seems to think that all evangelicals talk and preach about Genesis on a regular basis-which is not remotely true. When writers like this look at evangelicals and fundamentals, she sees them through the eyes of the secular culture, meaning she is trained to see Christians as anti-science (also anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-tree-hugging, etc), meaning they are stupid about some things and (by implication) stupid about everything. Anyone who believes God made the world in six 24-hour days must be wrong about God being the Creator, right? (Logic is not her strong suit.)
Like all ex-evangelicals, she criticizes the Bible's "condoning of genocide"-specifically, the Book of Joshua in the Old Testament tells of God ordering the Israelites to move into Canaan and kill the natives. Yes, it is a violent book-but does she really think that genocide today is motivated by people reading the Book of Joshua? There is no hint in the New Testament that Christians are to slaughter infidels, and no Christian today condones genocide. Again, she is looking at Christianity through the secularists' eyes instead of looking objectively at what Christians today practice. She employs the familiar liberal tactic: make a connection between Christianity and the word "genocide," and you make the doubtful Christian even more willing to give up his faith. (Ditto for "witch hunts." No witches have been executed by Christians for four centuries, but in the secular view of things, they are still piling up the firewood.) The secular version of history never includes millions of acts of charity done by Christians over the centuries, people who took "love your neighbor" as a direct command.
This author honors doubt more than truth. Probably any purchaser of this book has already begun to doubt her faith, so it's a relatively easy seduction. It is a sign of immaturity to boast of being in the Doubting Thomas Society instead of the Christian church-or, as the Doubters might call it, the Boring Close-Minded Reactionary Club. As a rule, the Doubting crowd ends up believing not much of anything, so there is no discernible difference between the ex-evangelical and the secular agnostic. Frankly, I have more respect for the ex-Christian who completely abandons the faith and says so bluntly. It is hard to respect this author who sorta kinda hangs on to the name of "Christian," while she and her supposedly Christian publisher are happy to make money from books designed to tear down people's faith instead of enriching it. When you find yourself mentally more comfortable with unbelievers than with believers, do the obvious thing: exit the church and go dabble in whatever flimsy-fluffy "spirituality" makes you feel good.