Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Searching for Sunday

I've been dying to tell you about the latest book I've read: Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans. I knew Rachel from her other work, most notably A Year of Biblical Womanhood. I loved that book and passed it along to every woman in my family, so I knew her latest would be sure to please.

Searching for Sunday was a balm to my weary soul. In the book, she shares her journey in loving, leaving, and finding Church. Much like the author, I grew up entrenched in Evangelical culture and fell completely out of love with it as a young adult. Finding my way back to a community of believers has been a bumpy road filled with doubt and cynicism. To be honest, I still struggle on Sunday mornings!

Rachel weaves her stories around the seven sacraments. (Are you from a low church background like me? I didn't know all seven. They are: baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death.) Having so little experience with sacraments, I was a little skeptical about this arrangement. But I found myself underlining and nodding my head and tearing up and wanting to shout AMEN in each of the chapters! Her writing is so warm, her depth of insight so profound, her stories so funny (does anyone else remember playing "chubby bunny" in youth group?), that I devoured this book in about a weekend.

Here's a short excerpt from the author herself. It gives me the chills every time I watch it!

For those of you who struggle with church, with Christians, with doubt, who feel like you never fit in on Sunday mornings, who wonder what is the point of it all... Rachel Held Evans' new book will speak words of hope, truth, and promise right to your heart! You can order yours here.

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