Friday, September 2, 2011

Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans

"...the truth is, I've found more people to be much more receptive to the gospel when they know becoming a Christian doesn't require becoming a know-it-all. Most of the people I've encountered are looking not for a religion to answer all their questions but for a community of faith in which they can feel safe asking them." --Rachel Held Evans

The author grew up going to church and attended Bible college only to find herself questioning her faith in her 20s. She learns that finding real faith involves asking questions, expressing doubts, and challenging what we've been told and taught...and engaging with God and others.

I think this book is a real challenge (and it should be a welcomed one) to the Christians who think they know it all and, with just enough equipping, can answer all questions about faith. Where is the dialogue? And the safety to say, "I don't know"? Sometimes just expressing that you're not sure about something is met with lots of intellectual reasons from Christians who...might be threatened by the not-knowing?

I wish that churches asked people to read this book instead of books about how to share the gospel. I think this book would be much more useful in examining our own answers...and questions...and our own faith.

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