New York Times Bestseller
"A touching series of essays in which Evans, with Chu's invisible pen, explores how one might find a path forward in Christianity beyond conservative evangelicalism" -Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker
"Evans died at 37, but a beautiful new book captures her brave outlook. . . . I could not help but notice the poetry in Evans's prose. . . . What readers will find in these pages was someone deeply human: funny, irreverent, curious, wise, forgiving, nonjudgmental." -Maggie Smith, The Washington Post
A collection of original writings by Rachel Held Evans, whose reflections on faith and life continue to encourage, challenge, and influence.
Rachel Held Evans is widely recognized for her theologically astute, profoundly honest, and beautifully personal books, which have guided, instructed, edified, and shaped Christians as they seek to live out a just and loving faith.
At the time of her tragic death in 2019, Rachel was working on a new book about wholeheartedness. With the help of her close friend and author Jeff Chu, that work-in-progress has been woven together with some of her other unpublished writings into a rich collection of essays that ask candid questions about the stories we've been told--and the stories we tell--about our faith, our selves, and our world.
This book is for the doubter and the dreamer, the seeker and the sojourner, those who long for a sense of spiritual wholeness as well as those who have been hurt by the Church but can't seem to let go of the story of Jesus. Through theological reflection and personal recollection, Rachel wrestles with God's grace and love, looks unsparingly at what the Church is and does, and explores universal human questions about becoming and belonging. An unforgettable, moving, and intimate book.
About the Author
Jeff Chu has a passion for teaching effective resume writing and interviewing strategies, and has taught hundreds of individuals in obtaining employment in both the public and private sectors over the past 15 years. He has presented at various institutions and organizations, including Virginia Tech, National Society of High School Scholars, and the LDS Employment Center.Jeff has served the federal government for over a decade and has held positions such as Cyber Analyst, Applications Developer, and Recruiter for various technical positions. Throughout his career, he has received more than 15 awards for exceptional service and accomplishments and has mentored numerous individuals, helping them enhance their careers. He holds a Masters from the University of Utah and a Bachelors from Brigham Young University, both in Information Systems. When he's not working or teaching, Jeff enjoys tinkering with technology, playing video games, creating art, and, most importantly, spending time with his wife and son.
Rachel Held Evans (1981-2019) was the New York Times bestselling author of Inspired, Searching for Sunday, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and Faith Unraveled. Rachel's words about faith, doubt, and life were featured not only on her own blog but also in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, The Guardian, and the Huffington Post. She appeared on NPR, BBC, the Today show, and The View. She served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She lived with her husband and two children in Dayton, Tennessee.
"I love everything Rachel Held Evans wrote, and I love her profound, warm-hearted, brilliant storytelling. Her books have always thrown the theological lights on for me, charmed the pants off me, entertained and enlightened me."--Anne Lamott, author of Dusk, Night, Dawn and Help, Thanks, Wow