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Summary

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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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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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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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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Brill

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

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  • Jaci Bryan
  • 12-08-15

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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  • BDemme
  • 29-05-15

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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  • J. Guy Muse
  • 09-10-15

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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  • Angela
  • 01-09-15

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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  • Corrie Billiet
  • 16-06-20

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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  • Allison Trowbridge
  • 09-10-15

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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  • Gabe
  • 10-08-15

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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  • FreedomHammer
  • 03-07-15

A must read!

A must read for those in (and out of) the church.

Rachel Held-Evans has put the very cry of my heart into words ... Beautiful words. Although we have different origin stories, it seems that we have come to many of the same perspectives, conclusions, and desires for the church.

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  • TJ
  • 04-05-15

50% perfect, 50% over my head

As a Gen-Xer raised in the evangelical church, about half this book resonated so perfectly with me that I should probably be given co-authorship credit. The other half (mostly the abstract, "poetic" parts) went in one ear and out the other. Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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  • Michaelia
  • 15-04-21

A Must Read!

If I could, I would thank Rachel Evans in person for writing this book. I would want to give her the BIGGEST bear hug and say, "Yes woman! Thank you for writing about the experiences that many a woman has had in the Protestant/Evangelical Church. Thank you for exposing and unpacking all these truths in one place!" I wish this book was around 20 years ago when so many young women were simultaneously being encouraged to seek and press for God while being encouraged to pull pack and remain pigeon holed to the church's ideals for, well, "The Churched". This book was a page turner, with gems in each chapter. Read it. Just Read it. (And Thanks Again, Rachel).

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