Most weren't looking for a faith that provided all the answers; they were looking for one in which they were free to ask questions.
I am delighted to have chosen this book as part of my reading life this year. Written by Rachel Held Evans, it's a story of her life of faith, but especially of her struggles to hold on to it.
Especially when she began to have doubts and questions that didn't get resolved.
I highly recommend it if you have ever had a crisis of faith, or walked away from your faith for a time, as I did.
I can't always say I feel closer to God - the doubts often return - but I think I'm finally beginning to understand that it's me who's moving, not him. Like salvation, evolution is an everyday process. I'm still changing & I always will be. -Rachel Held Evans
I loved getting to know her journey, but loved even more that the book didn't end with everything wrapped up tight. Reading between the lines, she points to living with the questions, living with your doubts, and taking them all straight to God.
I think the frustration that can come from wanting certainty can lead to wanting to walk away from faith. But from my own experience, doing that only leads to more uncertainty, or that's what happened to me, anyway.
Reading her book encourages me to let go of trying to find absolute certainty and be okay with the questions. But to not give up on faith or on God.
If you have read her book, I'd love to know your thoughts at the end! If you haven't, does it seem like a book that would appeal to you?
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Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms & like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could no live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day. - Rainer Maria Wilke