Funny how God brings certain things into your life just when you need them! This book was one of those things!
For the past year or so I have been less than faithful in my weekly attendance at church, for various reasons, and in that time I have been mulling over various ideas, struggles, and thoughts pertaining to church. So when I saw this book available for review, I knew I had to read it!
The basic premise is the author's story of how she grew up in the church, leaves it as a younger married couple, searches for a new church home in various other churches, and through all of this, eventually rediscovers the importance and place church has in her life. Rachel breaks the journey into seven sacraments of the church, Baptism, Confession, Holy orders, Communion, Confirmation, Anointing the Sick and Marriage. She ties these sacraments into her journey as well as focusing on the importance that each of these sacraments have in how we come together as a church family. She tells a story that many people can relate to, including myself in some ways and I think she points out some of the churches biggest faults as well as blessings!
Now, I knew nothing of Rachel Held Evans when I received this book to review and by about two pages in, I knew that I did not agree with her personal doctrine. I have since learned that Mrs. Evans is a very liberal Christian and, as it seems, quite the controversy! So, I will leave my critique to that of just the book as she has written it and not as a stance on her beliefs or points of view. I will say that I would not recommend her writings to a new believer, and probably will not read any of her other material in the future.
But as for Searching for Sunday, Rachel weaves a beautifully written tale! Her writing style is intelligent as much as it is beautiful! She certainly is a gifted writer and I had a hard time putting this book down! I did find that in all the ways I did not agree with her thoughts, there were others that I completely agreed with! As I told my husband, "Where she's right, she's so right!" I found the book challenging me to reaffirm what I believe but also to open my eyes to what God wants from His people in the church as a whole, mainly in regards to transparency and openness. I do not agree with Rachel's stance that we are to accept our sin conditions, no matter how 'new a world' we are living in. And it's for reasons like that, her support of accepting grace as a means to accept sin, that I would steer away from other material by her. But this book, as a narrative of her journey, is enjoyable and there is plenty of good to glean from it!
So with my struggling of thoughts and of attendance in regards to church in my life, I think Searching for Sunday has rekindled in me a renewed sense of purpose, place, community and love for church! Would I recommend this book to others...it would depend on the individual but as for me, I believe that God placed this book in my hands at just the right time!
I received this book from BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for my honest review. These are my personal opinions!
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