Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church (2015)
Amazon UK: Searching for Sunday
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Contemporary Christian practice and experience, Devotional writing, Memoir/autobiography, Spirituality, and Theology
Topic(s): Biblical studies, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Inclusive Christianity, Journeys towards acceptance, Marriage and relationships, and Spirituality
Especially suitable for: Anglicans and Evangelicals
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, the legalism – church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to the church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.
Centred around the seven traditional sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers through her spiritual journey with stories that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest. Throughout her journey Evans is determined that the Church must fully include LGBT people if it is to be faithful to its calling to live and love like Jesus – she refuses to compromise on this, even at great cost personally and to her church community.
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.
“I knew that Rachel was a LGBT supporter, but reading about her interactions with LGBT people, especially a friend who got baptized after a long wait and a church that decided to close its doors rather than cast out a lesbian couple to please their denomination (in Canada, of all places!) and the Gay Christian Network conference put balm on the heart of this ex-Southern Baptist who came out 13 years ago and hasn’t found her own church home since.” — gentlespirit512
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