Rachel Held Evans has had quite a journey. Brought up in the ‘buckle of the Bible Belt’ she inherited a conservative evangelical faith and was a self-professing ‘Bible Nerd’. But shaken by the realities of our broken world, cracks began to form, and questions turned to doubts, doubts to cynicism and cynicism to despair. But through this journey she continued to wrestle with the Bible, sometimes exasperated by its apparent complicity with the bloody, ugly, mess of this world, and other times challenged and inspired by it. So how does she understand this book now? How, with all its contradictions, violence, patriarchy, and bewildering images of God, can she say it’s inspired? How has she found a way to love the Bible again?

 

If you want to learn more from Rachel’s journey, then we highly recommend her book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again. It’s a beautifully written, wonderful mix of creative story-telling, honest and vulnerable personal reflections and the kind of wisdom that comes from living this stuff out. And if that whets your appetite, dig into Searching for Sunday, Faith Unravelled, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and over a decade of Rachel’s blog posts! And if you haven’t already, have a listen to our 2015 conversation with Rachel…

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