New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a quest to find out what it really means to be part of the Church.
Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals—church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.
Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest.
A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.
- Good Stories and Beautiful Honesty, but Otherwise Lacking
There's a lot of raw honesty in Searching for Sunday that makes it a good read. But outside of the honesty, I had a difficult time taking much away from this book.
As far as theme goes, I found this book very difficult to follow. Evans tries to incorporate the idea of sacrament into the book which I almost never caught onto unless it was mentioned (and even then I was kind of confused). Even the tagline, "loving, leaving and finding the church" felt a little flawed. It's clear she loved the church and left the church, but in the end she never seemed to exactly find her way back to the church.
There's a lot of great quotes throughout this book and some amazing honesty. Evans is very smart and and a great storyteller. In fact, her stories probably shine the most throughout the book.
This is the first book I've read of Evans'. From some of the other reviews I read after finishing it, it sounds like others found her other writings to be a bit more profound or thematic.
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