One Womans Journey Back to Loving the BibleIf the Bible isnt a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed herand it will change you too.Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bibles most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scriptures mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join Gods loving and redemptive work in the world....
|Title||:||Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again Reviews
What can I say about this book?
I received an ARC, due to the special promotion early preorder customers received. I was one of the first 500 to provide proof. I received my copy on Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day--and how appropriate!
The timing of this remarkable book is impeccable. Not long before, I stared rereading Scripture again, to try and infuse daily Scripture into my morning routine. I read one chapter of the Old Testament and one chapter of the New. The first chapter of the Old Testame ...more
Thoughtful, engaging, lovely.
In short, I loved it!
I loved it so much I already read it again!
Real review is in process.
3 1/2 Stars (if Goodreads allowed it!)
First let me just say—this is a beautiful book. Whoever did the cover design gets a bunch of stars for making such a pretty book.
I loved this book. There are very few things which I didn’t like and for which I did deduct stars. The things I didn’t like were the “creative retellings” in the chapter openers. They felt unnatural and awkward to me. It was obvious the author was working with unfamiliar mediums. The screenplay version of Job was my least favorite. ...more
I received an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
It’s beautiful. A truly beautiful book. I’ve long been a fan of Rachel Held-Evans, and this latest book combines her usual eloquent, naturally poetic style with a new twist. She has a gift for sharing profound ideas, and intricate theology in an accessible and thought provoking way, and that’s exactly what she does in Inspired. She tackles the vexing questions of the Bible - the bloody war stories of the Old Testament, the m ...more
I clearly remember the time--the first time, that is--when my faith began to fall apart. I was in my second semester of college as a Religion major and was enrolled in several Biblical Studies courses that spring, including one that dealt heavily with the concept of the "historical Jesus," a scholarly attempt to get behind the faith claims of the Gospels and see what definite things one could say about the real life person who lived in 1st Century Galilee.
I had a much more conservative-minded a ...more
I first came to Rachel Held Evans through her book "Searching for Sunday." At the time I had just finished a rough semester of Divinity school and I was burnt out in so many ways. There are not many books that I would describe as "healing" but that book was one of them. It reminded me WHY I was in Divinity school, why I was doing what I was doing - because I love God. And I love the Church and our rituals and sacraments. It renewed a part of me that greatly needed it.
And so I was very excited to ...more
In the introduction, Rachel refers to this as, "a book about the Bible by a memoirist may seem like an odd undertaking," but "goody goody" I'm so glad she did. It was thoughtful and well researched. I had the idea of reading all the other works she referenced and then I saw how voluminous the notes section was. After reading this book, I contemplated my own journey with the Bible. I felt a better appreciation for all the steps a long the way. I will defiantly share is with others.