Monday, March 30, 2020
"Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions" - Rachel Held Evans
For those influenced by Rachel Held Evans, and that's many, the wound from her passing is still fresh. When I posted one of my updates for reading this book, for example, a friend on Twitter tweeted me a "I miss Rachel" message. Indeed, I think many still do and likely will for some time to come.
It was also interesting every time Dan's name was mentioned. I think of him often as he journeys through his grief with their children. It made me sad to think about him as I read about their relationship in this book.
As a book, I won't quite say I think this was near her best. She was still early in her career and she was finding her literary voice. She wrote with a refreshing authenticity about her questions and doubts and how this influenced her faith journey. While that's a journey I did long ago, I think it's a journey that comes up from time-to-time and I appreciated her reflections and I appreciated the great amount of scriptural reference she provided within the book.
Among faith-based writers, Rachel Held Evans was special and this book will remind you how special she was and is likely to remain in the lives of those who appreciated her writing and her ministry. She had a needed voice and she shared it openly and honestly and transparently.
I agree with my friend. I miss Rachel.
Richard Propes is an award-winning writer/activist/minister who has traveled over 6,000 miles by wheelchair over the past 30 years raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for children's organizations on his acclaimed Tenderness Tour events. Author of "The Hallelujah Life," Richard is the founder/publisher of TheIndependentCritic.com and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his activism including Indiana's Sagamore of the Wabash, Kentucky's Order of Kentucky Colonels, and Prevent Child Abuse America's highest honor, the Donna J. Stone Award. Richard is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association.