Monday, March 30, 2020

"Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions" - Rachel Held Evans

It's an interesting experience to read "Faith Unraveled" after Rachel's passing. It added a layer of emotion to the entire experience. While I'd long heard of her writing, it was really only in the year or two before her passing that I began absorbing her writing and following her on social media.

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.

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