Sometimes we are closer to the truth in our vulnerability than in our safe certainties. -Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving & Finding the Church
For several pages, toward the beginning of the book, including the sentence I quoted above, Rachel describes millennial ways of speaking about the church. She even compares it, at one point, to a more Generation X (my generation) point of view, and shares how their point of view differ from each other & other traditional points of view. I found myself agreeing with everything she said in those pages.
The only difference for me is that I didn't grow up as jaded about being advertised to, as she said is true for millennials. And I can still easily be enchanted by a well-told story, so traditional ways of presenting info through storytelling work well for me.. Other than that, though, I was nodding my head the whole way through. And how wonderful that was.
I found it so refreshing to read his book & see some of my own thoughts reflected in her words. So I couldn't wait to read the rest of it. And it didn't disappoint.
During most months, I will only post about one faith book, but this month, I did two because I couldn't wait to share this second book.
Slow faith journal prompts for your morning quiet time...
(1) Have you ever left the church, and if so, what was your faith challenge at the time?
(2) If you are a millennial, how might you see the church differently from older generations? Do you think you struggle with doubts, as she did, more or less than other generations?
(3) How might you use storytelling to describe your own faith? How would you describe your faith, as it is now, in a 30-second ad?
See you next time!
P.S. Updated in May: I am heartbroken that Rachel Held Evans has passed away. Her books & blog posts were so relatable, I felt as if I knew her. She was a kindred spirit.
I have been sharing her books and I think I have two more to go. She inspired me to write and blog about faith even though I sometimes struggle with doubt. She made that okay. And she will be missed.