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Searching for Sunday was one if the books read in 2019

I left a short review of this book on my Instagram account and it clearly struck a chord with people, so I am going to repost my Instagram caption here.

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Searching for Sunday Review

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

I think it goes without saying that Rachel and I have plenty of beliefs that are vastly different, but this book was very thought-provoking.

It’s no secret that I am struggling with church right now. Not with my faith in God. NOT with my relationship with Jesus but church itself…both the entity and the collective church body. How do we reconcile the modern church with the historical church?


I know we are called to love our neighbor (hint: Jesus made it easy: everyone is our neighbor). I know that the book of James asks the question, “What good is it to tell someone God bless you and send them away hungry and cold?”

I know that Jesus made it clear that the Pharisee’s focus on outward appearances and religion was all wrong.


So, where does that leave me in 2019? I’m not really sure, to be honest. But I am praying. I am seeking. I am open to God’s call.

That was the entirety of my Instagram caption and I have since received many messages about it. So many people are struggling.

A Radical Journey: But What Does Jesus Have to Say?

If you are a regular visitor to my site then you likely understand why church is hard and why we are struggling so much to make it there, ever. Over the years I have learned to trust God when life unravels, I have discovered Jesus didn’t call me to raise a nice Christian family and that it’s okay to not be okay.

So I am now embarking on a radical journey. To read the New Testament (yes, I’ve read it before plenty of times) and discover what exactly Jesus has to say.

About everything.

Because really, He’s the only one who’s opinion matters.

2 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    I have been a practicing Catholic my whole life. I even went to a Jesuit college. I love Jesus. I pray every day multiple times. I have a personal relationship with God. but lately I am missing church more often and guess what? I am not missing it. I too am trying to figure out what is. Next. I love mass but I don’t love THE CHURCH. I support you Renee. Guess what? WE DONT HAVE TO KNOW. WE JUST HAVE TO DO OUR BEST AND LOVE OTHERS.

  2. Melpub

    I like Rachel Held Evans’ writing very much and was greatly saddened when she died–way too young, and suddenly–at thirty-seven. Even if you don’t agree with her conclusions, I think her story of how and why she began to ask the questions she asks is an amazing one. She’s an extraordinary writer–filled with humor and never afraid of the really big questions. Full disclosure: I’m not a religious person. I read the Bible, including the New Testament, for the wisdom and the poetry. I didn’t expect to like the writings of a very religious thinker and was very pleasantly surprised.

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