Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

by Rachel Held Evans
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

by Rachel Held Evans


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Are you struggling to connect with your church community? Do you find yourself questioning the core beliefs that you once held dear? Searching for Sunday, from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans is a heartfelt ode to the past and a hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part of the modern church.

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—to her, it was beginning to feel like church culture was too far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing Evans back to church.

Evans found herself wanting to better understand the church and find her place within it, so she set out on a new adventure. Within the pages of Searching for Sunday, Evans catalogs her journey as she loves, leaves, and finds the church once again.

Evans tells the story of her faith through the lens of seven sacraments of the Catholic church—baptism, confession, holy orders, communion, confirmation, the anointing of the sick, and marriage—to teach us the essential truths about what she's learned along the way, including:

  • Faith isn't just meant to be believed, it's meant to be lived and shared in community
  • Christianity isn't a kingdom for the worthy—it's a kingdom for the hungry, the broken, and the imperfect
  • The countless and beautiful ways that God shows up in the ordinary parts of our daily lives

Searching for Sunday will help you unpack the messiness of community, teaching us that by overcoming our cynicism, we can all find hope, grace, love, and, somewhere in between, church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718022129
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 75,992
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans (1981–2019) is known for her books and articles about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Rachel has been featured in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, HuffPost, and the CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, BBC, Today, and The View. She served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and kept a busy schedule speaking at churches, conferences, and universities. Rachel’s messages continue to reverberate around the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword Glennon Doyle Melton ix

Prologue: Dawn xi

I Baptism

1 Water 3

2 Believer's Baptism 6

3 Naked on Easter 17

4 Chubby Bunny 23

5 Enough 32

6 Rivers 36

II Confession

7 Ash 43

8 Vote Yes On One 47

9 Dirty Laundry 66

10 What We Have Done 74

11 Meet the Press 80

12 Dust 90

III Holy Orders

13 Hands 97

14 The Mission 99

15 Epic Fail 110

16 Feet 114

IV Communion

17 Bread 121

18 The Meal 125

19 Methodist Dance Party 134

20 Open Hands 142

21 Open Table 146

22 Wine 154

V Confirmation

23 Breath 161

24 Wayside Shrines 165

25 Trembling Giant 182

26 Easter Doubt 186

27 With God's Help 189

28 Wind 195

VI Anointing of the Sick

29 Oil 203

30 Healing 206

31 Evangalical Acedia 218

32 This Whole Business With the Hearse 224

33 Perfume 230

VII Marriage

34 Crowns 237

35 Mystery 239

36 Body 248

37 Kingdom 252

Epilogue: Dark 257

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 263

About the Author 269

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