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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again Paperback – June 12, 2018
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About the Author
Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Rachel has been featured in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, the Huffington Post, 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 keeps a busy schedule speaking at churches, conferences, and college and universities around the country. Rachel is married to Dan and they have two young children. A lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide fan, Rachel’s preferred writing fuel is animal crackers and red wine.
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This book is written in an accessible, and engaging way. Evans takes on some of the problem areas of the Bible and explains how she as a progressive Christian (she got there through a series of events, and growth that she explains in the book) can still read the Bible and love it. Personally as someone who is a student of the Scriptures I found this book to be enlightening, refreshing, and entertaining at the same time.
Can a person who is a realist still enjoy the parts of the Bible that cause us to squirm? The passages on slavery, women, and miracles can be a barrier to us enjoying the Bible because our rational minds immediately cause all of our antenna to go up and we see the apparent contradictions. Evans is able to explain some of the tough passages of the Bible with a scholarly basis, but on a non-technical level. Laypeople will really benefit from this book because it offers a way forward to those who are struggling with parts of the Bible (that we all find difficult).
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, while at the same time challenging and enlightening.
But what a GREAT way to look at the Bible through fresh eyes. Bible stories presented as read (as Rob Bell would say) "literately" instead of always "literally".
Just good insights that you might not ever get any other way. As a preacher, I find that a lot of these insights will help me with sermons even.