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

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

From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans comes a book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past and hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part of the 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--church culture se From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans comes a book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past ...

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Title:Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
Author:Rachel Held Evans
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:268 pages pages

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

  • Crystal
    Jun 02, 2019
    Rachel Held Evans passed away May 4, 2019. I had know of her for a long time, via social media where I followed her on Twitter and Facebook and her blog. I'd read Faith Unraveled, and owned two of her other books, intending, in my usual way, to getting around to reading them. Rachel wa...
  • Annie Rim
    Mar 29, 2015
    What I appreciate most about the book is that Evans doesn't attempt to speak for an entire generation - she tells her story. But, in doing so, she captures many of the feelings and experiences of the millennial generation. This is not a theology text, but a story of journey and discove...
  • Andi M.
    Jan 14, 2017
    6/5/18 - The re-read was just as good, if not better, than the first one. Life changing. I'll write a whole review. OH yeah, right here: http://estellasrevenge.blogspot.com/2... ...
  • Clinton Hutchings
    Aug 04, 2019
    I had never heard of Evans until she passed away a few months ago (at age 37!) and saw a number of posts about her and this book. So, I jumped in. And, it is an amazing book! I've read a number of faith crises-type books (all based on Mormonism, which this one is not), but this one mig...
  • Stephanie
    Aug 19, 2019
    I was very frustrated by the first few chapters but I?m glad I stuck around. I disagree with her on a few things and I occasionally found her attitude toward those she disagrees with annoying, but overall this is a thoughtful journey to figuring out what church is all about and wheth...
  • Jasmine
    Apr 10, 2016
    MAN it is such a relief to read about people on the same page as I am. ...
  • Banner
    Apr 14, 2015
    I do love the church. And I admit that I don't always appreciate hearing harsh criticism toward the church. (Even though I freely admit sometimes the church deserve this). But what we find here is not harsh criticism but the sincer longings of a insider that has come to have some very ...
  • Bobbi
    Apr 14, 2015
    The strength of this book is the author's willingness to be transparent with her struggles and her love hate relationship with the Church.This personal struggle of how to be "Christian" and question the practices and beliefs of the church is the story of many of us--regardless of being...
  • Jessica Brazeal
    Mar 18, 2015
    This was the perfect book for me in the present moment. If I said nothing else about Rachel Held Evans' new book 'Searching for Sunday,' I would say this: this book made me feel like I am not alone. I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of 'Searching for Sunday' an...
  • Ioana
    Jun 23, 2015
    I will not write a long review, I will simply say that Rachel Evans is very good with words, a fantastic writer, but her arguments are not biblical, no matter how you want to look at them. I think this is probably one of the "feel good" books we keep hearing about, making room for ever...
  • Katie
    May 11, 2019
    Rachel challenged us to do/be better. She put into words everything I've struggled with in my faith. It's ok to question. It's ok to get mad and leave. It's ok to come back. It's ok to repeat the cycle all over. How lucky for all the people who knew her in person. ...
  • TinaB
    Jun 22, 2015
    Drivel. One woman's progressive look at how to be a liberal democrat and an acceptable modern day Christian....at the same time..... My take on this book, the two personalities don't mix well, nor should they, each mindset completely contradicts the other. Most of this book is a...
  • Sarah Hyatt
    Mar 13, 2015
    This was both Rachel Held Evans' strongest and weakest book. Strongest, because the writing is, at times, gorgeous. Specifically, her imagery of Sunday afternoons called to mind my own childhood vividly. I love a good religious memoir, and this book is that. Except. Rachel He...
  • Tim Chavel
    Jul 13, 2015
    Rachel Held Evans and I have several things we disagree. She believes same sex marriage is Biblically acceptable, she believes women can be pastors; I disagree with both of these issues. By thw way, Rachel is happily married to a man. She is not a lesbian. However, Rachel does make me ...
  • Emma | everemmareads
    Mar 22, 2016
    I've been struggling with my own faith and relationship to my church for several years now. It's a lonely journey and there need to be more books like this about such journeys. My background is not the same as the authors, but I saw so much of my struggle and my thoughts reflected back...
  • Jim
    Aug 19, 2015
    Some friends and I (who I was reading this book with) compared her to some other popular Christian authors. She comes in above the rest because her writing is relatable. I think there are some stuffy old white men who don?t really get feedback from their writing. But RHE is a blogger...
  • Aaron West
    May 04, 2019
    It was only a couple of weeks ago that I sat low to the ground on a stool made for those needing to reach the top shelves in Joseph-Beth Booksellers. I was on the phone with a friend, searching in the "Spiritual" section for a book that would both challenge and somehow comfort me. As I...
  • Lizzy
    Mar 20, 2015
    I was raised in the Christian tradition of Evangelicalism and have become, and seen friends become, increasingly unsettled and discouraged by trends we see in the American Church. We have watched churches value purity over people, a new building over their neighbors, and one's politica...
  • Bob
    Jul 06, 2015
    Searching for Sunday, Rachel Held Evans. Nashville: Nelson Books, 2015. Summary: As the subtitle suggests, this is a narrative of the author's struggle between loving and leaving the Church, only to find her loved renewed through the sacramental practices that she sees at the heart ...
  • Amy Langmaack
    Aug 18, 2015
    I found this book to be seriously lacking. I was intrigued by the title Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church because I have upon occasion also felt like I was searching for the best church "home." Instead, what the book delivered was a memoir of Held Evans journ...
  • Valerie
    Apr 14, 2015
    Jacob wrestled with God; I seem to be wrestling with the bride of Christ. My copy arrived yesterday, on a Sunday that had left me with more angst than usual about the church. I devoured the words in less than 24 hours. It's not that Rachel Held Evans gives a solution to my frustrations...
  • Scott
    Mar 07, 2015
    A Journey Towards the Trinity? Searching for Sunday I am not a millennial. I live with two of them in my home ? well, one is part time now that she has gone to college. However, I have always had a difficult time figuring out which group I truly relate to the most. I could be a ?...
  • Robert Durough, Jr.
    Apr 08, 2015
    Rachel Held Evans is a blogger with a substantial following, from what I hear, though I?ve not read any of her posts. In fact, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church is the first bit of writing I?ve read of Rachel?s. Friends who speak positively about her (...
  • Susan
    May 04, 2019
    This book has sat on my shelf for awhile. When RHE fell ill and was placed in a medically induced coma, I prayed and began reading SFS with the expectation that by the time I finished she would be well. What happened was the exact opposite. The writing in this book is gorgeous. Ele...
  • Danielle DeVane Wells
    Jan 23, 2018
    This book was personally good for me and my state of affairs at the moment = 5 star rating. Coming from a fundamental, evangelical religious background, I could resonate with almost everything she wrote. I think this book wouldn't be for everyone unless you were dissatisfied with relig...
  • Paul
    Feb 21, 2018
    I've had to sit with this a while to figure out why I was so disappointed with it. I'm still not sure I've figured it out. I like Rachel as a person, as a speaker and as a blogger, and I really liked the concept of Searching for Sunday ? telling her story of giving up on and returnin...
  • Kris
    Jan 01, 2016
    It's such good writing. If only it had good theology too... I'm struggling with writing a review for this one. On the one hand, Evans has a real talent for writing, and uses words beautifully. This book was generally an enjoyable read. I'm sure Evans is a great motivational speaker ...
  • Bekah Puddington
    Mar 28, 2018
    2.5-3 stars. [Confession/Disclaimer - I skimmed the last two and a half parts; I was getting bored.] It was okay. I definitely had some moments of resonance w/ RHE re: her frustrations w/ the evangelical church. Nothing really novel for me here in these pages. Most moving parts inc...
  • Kelcie
    May 13, 2019
    The first line of this book, in a foreword by Glennon Doyle, reads, ?Whenever I want to scare myself, I consider what would happen to the world if Rachel Held Evans stopped writing.? The world has lost an exceptional, prophetic voice. Grateful for her books that give us a vision...
  • Faith
    Jan 28, 2018
    This book was healing and freeing and convicting. It made me feel like a normal human and made me want the Church that God had in mind. Would definitely recommend!!! ...