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New York Times best-selling 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. And so she set out on a journey to understand the Church and to find her place in it.

Centered around seven sacraments, Evans' quest takes listeners 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.

©2015 Rachel Held Evans (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Everything I love and hate about the church

What was one of the most memorable moments of Searching for Sunday?

After reflecting on everything wrong in today's American churches, Rachel Held Evans reminded me that rooting for the demise of "those" Christians isn't helping, either. It was a humbling reminder that we all have work to do.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story about the young gay Christian in the chapter "Enough" had me in tears.

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This book is funny, moving, and inspiring. Every Christian should read it.

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Searching for a biblical worldview

First, I did listen to the entire book. Rachel is an excellent writer with a great vocabulary. I would encourage her to remove all the labels and adjectives from her prose. She is a staunch defenslder of her progressive positions and that is her right. I just side on a biblical worldview not a progressive worldview on Chriastity. All the best on your continuing search. Blessings to you and your family.

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Her best yet

I think this is RHE's best book so far. She's honest and humble. The humility was a pleasant surprise! I love how she uses the sacraments to make her own journey. Beautifully written and ruggedly honest account of her church journey so far. I sense she's just beginning to see that her church journey and her spiritual journey are two related, but different, things.

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Giving words to some of what spins in my own head

While I don't necessarily agree with everything RHE says in this book, she has a remarkable ability of putting into words many of the same things spinning around in my own head. We live in a Christian society that frowns on anyone questioning evangelical mainstream thought, yet if we are honest, the questions Rachel addresses are the very ones going around in our own heads. Where can we safely turn to address these questions? This is a good place to start.

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Don't bother

I would not recommend this to anyone she is blatantly anti catholic and has no regard for people who don't fit her mold--yet expects respect from the very folk she denigrates

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Spot On!

I grew up in the Presbyterian Church, as the daughter of two Presbyterian pastors. Rachel Held Evans is my hero with this book. I have loved the church, left the church, loved the church, sought the church, and in many ways I am still searching for it. Jesus’ bride: we are broken, healing, and clinging to the fact that we are fully known and fully loved.

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Loved it

Honesty, color, personality and intellect shine in this book. It explores questions many are asking, but that church struggles to answer. Bless you for your project, Rachel!

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Compelling and Honest

I think Rachel has an incredible accuracy when speaking about church and for a certain demographic of its members. I grew up in church, have had many wounds from it, and yet, am sitting in a place of leading a local church. I feel the tension this book invokes on a daily basis. I am so happy that there are so many millennials that would stand and fight for the Church to move forward in grace, humility, and love.

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Wonderful!!!

A poignant and timely book. If you go, or have ever been, to church -- this is an absolute must read.

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Lots of good points but

I agree that we need more love of Jesus Christ in the church. We need to love more, and more on those that are drawn into homosexuality. But, the Bible is very specific that sexuality is a sin. No, I don’t view it has a greater sin than alcoholism, or other sins. I agree that we should welcome homosexuals into our churches, but not as leaders. The Bible just does not verify that. I guess she will view me as a fundamentalist. That’s OK. She has her view too. I love her reading performance, and I love many of her viewpoints. Just not all of them

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  • Ryan McGuinness
  • 07-29-15

really captured what we are feeling

great book. great revising. really captured or thoughts on church and lgbt community. will heartily recommend

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  • Rosie Peters R.peters
  • 05-27-20

A honest and progressive piece

Rachel held evans is a inspiring writer and she captures her love for the Church very well.

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  • SW73
  • 01-06-20

Honest and some inspirational comments

This is an honest book, articulating the experience of many. There are many inspirational moments & it is book that I will go back to.

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  • Jane Wilson
  • 03-07-22

Too long

This was recommended to me by two friends who said as I am relatively new to the church after a long absence, the book would strike a chord. However.. I did not have a normal upbringing and did not have a similar experience as a teenager in the church so did not share that much empathy with the writer. Clearly she was an outstanding individual and I enjoyed listening to the part where she tried to set up a church but I did find her insistence on staying in the church despite all her problems with it hard to follow. It was very much a ‘there’s not much alternative if you want to be in the church, so keep going - but try to change it as you go’ which is true, but also a long excuse at times for a book. Her tone was very evangelical and preachy and too insistent after halfway and I almost quit. I think maybe a shorter book would have been more satisfying.

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  • sammieseagull
  • 11-25-20

Brill

I love Rachel's books. Really miss her being gone. Would have lived to know her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-22

Heart wrenching and beautiful.

So beautiful to hear this profound book read by Rachel herself. I cried many times!

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  • Caite
  • 11-28-21

Brilliant!

A book that made me laugh, made me cry, made me question, and gave me answers. So beautifully written, narrated and completely relatable. A real treasure!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-21

Like finding gold

A Christian I know read somewhere that Rachel was 'progressive', so they wont even consider her work. A tragic irony given the valuable contents of this book. If you can look past labels and keep your ears open for RHE's true motivation in everything she does, which is Jesus, you will hear Him in her loud and clear.

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  • Stephen Jolly
  • 01-21-20

Eye Opening

My first audio book. God to hear that we are not alone in our thoughts and struggles in the church.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-19

freeing

this book gives you the freedom and permission to find the right way, place and community to worship God with. Thanks Rachel for your honestly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-19

An absolute Treasure

I "found" Rachel and her books only days after she passed. Such stunning insight, relatability, and a treasure to hear her read immortalized. Thank you Rachel, for inspiring me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-19

Life changing

It was so much more than what I expected. Her grace and love unfound in this workd today. My heart still aching for the empty space she is leaving. Her voice will never be quiet xx