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||:||236 pages|
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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again Reviews
Two-word review of this book: Mind. Blown.
(Runner-up two-word review: Bubble. Burst.)
I thought this book was going to be a creative retelling of Bible stories I've grown up having read and heard hundreds of times – a way to see them with fresh eyes from a new perspective.
I was right and so wrong.
There were retellings of Bible stories, but I was also presented with historical and literary perspectives of these stories I've never heard or considered. In addition, the author lays out her story o ...more
Thoughtful, engaging, lovely.
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 love her. She approaches Scripture like a storyteller, and views Scripture as a collection of powerful stories that we've all been caught up with in some way - stories that can be used either to oppress or to liberate, stories that, even if divinely inspired, "have human fingerprints all over them."
I feel like I can't really write an adequate review because it's intended for a specific group of people - as one of the people it's clearly intended for, I highly recommend it to others in that gr ...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
Any book that starts with “Once upon a time” and ends with the image of God taking me in his arms, saying “let me tell you a story” becomes a definite favorite of mine. I’m long an admirer of Ms. Evans. I appreciate her questions and how her questions deepen her faith. More importantly, I’m impressed with how clear Ms. Evans is in the understanding that questioning is not only acceptable by God, it’s encouraged.
I’ve long been a believer in the power of story and the idea that story has deep inf ...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.