199: Rachel Held Evans - Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions


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Back in September 2014 I had the pleasure of speaking with Rachel Held Evans about her book Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions (Zondervan, 2014). This episode is pulled from the Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt archives.

About the Book: How an evolving spiritual journey leads to an unshakeable faith.

Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith.

In Faith Unraveled, Rachel recounts growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, struggling as her own faith unraveled one unexpected question at a time. In order for her faith to survive, Rachel realizes, it must adapt to change and evolve. Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty to doubt to faith, Evans challenges you to disentangle your faith from false fundamentals and to trust in a God who is big enough to handle your tough questions.

In a changing cultural environment where new ideas seem to threaten the safety and security of the faith, Faith Unraveled is a fearlessly honest story of survival.

About the Author: Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author whose books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015). Hailing from Dayton, Tennessee—home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925— she 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, The CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, The BBC, The Today Show, 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 colleges and universities around the country.

Rachel is married to Dan, and the two recently welcomed their first child - a baby boy.

A lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide fan, Rachel’s preferred writing fuel is animal crackers and red wine.

Here’s where you can connect with Rachel on the web:

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/199.

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