There are always polarizing figures in Christian circles, and Rachel Held Evans is no exception. She has energized liberal Evangelicals with a bent for social justice, inclusion, and mercy (I include myself in this) into action, just as she has outraged politically conservative Evangelicals who believe that being a Republican is a sign of morality, and that Democrats are evil. I am only slightly exaggerating—the last eight years have leached my patience. That said, Evans takes an unflinching look at faith and religious practice in a way that makes you uncomfortable and makes you think. I’ve read her latest two books, A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching for Sunday, but I hadn’t read her first book. I’ve since rectified that situation. Fun spoiler: I go OFF on a full-tilt rant about “conservative” “Christianity” in my full review.
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