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Posted July 19, 2010
Faith & Doubt?
As someone who grew up in a small town in the deep South, there were many times that I wondered if she was talking about Dayton, Tennessee or if she was really talking about my own small towns. I really appreciated the history she shared about traditional evangelical beliefs and how those beliefs paved the way for her own discoveries. I learned a lot in this book - not only about Rachel herself, but about Christianity in the South and how my own traditions fit in.
As I read, I was struck by one major theme - Rachel seemed to most struggle with the traditional views of heaven and hell. If you're born again and saved you go to heaven - no matter what. If you've never accepted Jesus, you go to hell - again, no matter what. So many people, particularly in the South, see this belief as the core of Christianity. If you don't believe this, you're not Christian. And yet this belief calls into question the unconditional love of God that Jesus proclaimed and lived. I admire Rachel for wrestling with this question and for being brave and honest enough to put it out there for the world to see.
I'm encouraged by her willingness to live in the grey - to see the world as a rainbow of colors instead of black and white. She encourages us to see Christianity not as a set of beliefs, but as "being Jesus . in tennis shoes."
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Posted November 30, 2010
I thought this book was a great read! Evans shares her personal doubts and questions about the Christian faith, as well as her beliefs and convictions. She does a great job of drawing you in to her world and into the lives of the different types of people you meet throughout her story. It is a quick read, yet in depth and personal. I highly recommend it!
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Posted October 25, 2013
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