One Womans Journey Back to Loving the BibleIf the Bible isnt a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed herand it will change you too.Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bibles most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scriptures mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join Gods loving and redemptive work in the world....
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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again Reviews
Reading this book was like sitting down with an old friend to talk through the Bible. I came away with a fresh desire to read passages I’ve yet to read and go back and read well remembered verses with fresh eyes. This is exactly the book I needed at exactly the right time. If you’re struggling picking up the Bible every day, this book is for you. If there’s nothing you enjoy more than starting or ending the day in scriptures, this book is for you. I’m so thankful for Rachel and her ability to so ...more
This is an incredible reflection on the purpose of the biblical narrative, written by weaving together humor, biblical study, various stylistic genres, and a lot of heart. I’m so grateful that RHE wrote this book, and that we get to read it.
I love her. She approaches Scripture like a storyteller, and views Scripture as a collection of powerful stories that we've all been caught up with in some way - stories that can be used either to oppress or to liberate, stories that, even if divinely inspired, "have human fingerprints all over them."
I feel like I can't really write an adequate review because it's intended for a specific group of people - as one of the people it's clearly intended for, I highly recommend it to others in that gr ...more
This is more personal than Rob Bell’s book on similar topics. I’m encouraged by how many traditional evangelicals who go through progressive and liberalizing education are still coming through on the other side as bible- and Jesus-loving Christians, still comfortable with their evangelical vocabulary. It allows us to have the best of all our worlds and is a more comfortable and rooted place for us Uber Protestants to land when we come to our second naïveté.
Emerging from a season of disillusionment with contemporary American Christianity, this book helped me find my footing on the journey.
Seamlessly incorporating a conversant array of academic and spiritual voices, Evans clears space for her readers to encounter ancient Scripture in new, relevant ways.
I tend to avoid young writers, assuming they lack the seasoning of life necessary to bring perspective to any person outside their own cultural experience. Since Rachel Evans and I had similar childh ...more
(I received an advance copy from the publisher)
Order this book. I’m serious. It is incredible. The best thing RHE has written yet. It’s smart, it’s brave and it’s eloquent. My favorite was the retelling of Hagar’s story from Hagar’s point of view.
I loved the playful spirit of this book and the way it invited me in.