Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

Searching for Sunday

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 seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings,...

Details Searching for Sunday

TitleSearching for Sunday
Release DateApr 14th, 2015
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreNonfiction, Religion, Autobiography, Memoir, Christian, Faith, Spirituality

Reviews Searching for Sunday

  • Lizzy
    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 political party over their participation in the Kingdom of God. It is with this backdrop I read Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. Rachel brilliantly weaves story, ...
  • Jessica Brazeal
    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' and I am so very grateful. This book hit the spot in my heart that has been so wounded, so hurt, and so incredibly scared and spoke words that comforted, validated, and e...
  • Robert Durough, Jr.
    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 (those who know her and those who read her) tend to be of the same theological cloth—promote ordination of women as leaders in churches and promote the acceptance ...
  • Ioana
    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 every form of "Christianity", whether its base is the Bible or not. She uses as arguments the Orthodox and Roman sacraments to support a very, very liberal mentality th...
  • Bob
    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 of the Church's life.True confessions. I've had a like-dislike affair (love-hate is too strong) with the writing of Rachel Held Evans. Ever since I first encountered he...
  • TinaB
    Drivel.One woman's progressive look at how to be a liberal democrat and an acceptable modern day 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 about demonizing conservative Christians and the Bible while Evans claims to be a liberal Christian fighting for gay rights and women's leadership roles in the church. Her f...
  • Andi M.
    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:
  • Valerie
    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 with the church, it's more that she just gives reassurance that it's not just me and that it is indeed the very nature of the church to be flawed. And so I find st...
  • Banner
    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 serious problems with the church that she has loved (and I believe still loves). She makes beautiful use of language to describe things spiritual. She takes us on a...
  • Scott
    A Journey Towards the Trinity? Searching for SundayI 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 “Boomer”. No doubt my bowing to the god of consumerism labels me this way many times. I could be a “Gen-X” or “Buster”. God, my supervisors and my colleagues ...
  • Kris
    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 and has inspired many people.On the other hand, this book is a lot of talk, and little substance. It's vague and undefined. It's a lot of emphasis on Christians, not th...
  • Bobbi
    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 boomers, genxers, or millennials. Using seven sacraments of the church, the author emphasizes the importance of each one and how they, "the sacraments invited me t...
  • Amy Langmaack
    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 journey through dissatisfaction with most churches she has encountered. Held Evans recounts her journey of finding church congregations to be lacking and their belief sy...
  • Tim Chavel
    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 think and for that I am grateful. She grew up believing the same things I believe. She went to Bryan College in Dayton, TN. Her Dad taught on the staff of that coll...
  • Crystal
    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 was smart and passionate and compassionate and uncompromising and gracious and amazing, and I admittedly took her for granted.Then in May she passed away from complic...
  • Annie Rim
    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 discovery. Anyone who is critical of or curious as to why millennials are leaving the church would benefit from the insights and questions this book brings up.**I received...
  • Faith
    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!!!
  • Sarah Hyatt
    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 Held Evans is someone who has built her "brand" and following on her continual struggle with the church, due primarily to the church's lack of concern for particular groups. I be...
  • Katie
    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.
  • Paul
    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 returning to the church through the lens of the seven sacraments. But in the end, there wasn't much of her story, even though that's easily the part I most enjoyed. Instead...
  • Emma | everemmareads
    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 in many of her words. It's difficult to be constructive about a piece that is so incredibly personal, but my one issue would likely be that the author goes off on ...
  • Bekah Puddington
    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 included stories in chapter "Healing." The book did also provide some interesting quotes & references to other resources for further reading, etc.I appreciate the author wri...
  • David
    Another read for the adult ed class in my little church...and dang.Rachel Held Evans could write. I'd read her blog, years ago, but this was the first time I'd delved systematically into one of her books. As I and the folks who journey along with me in study have discovered, she's just great. Her voice, honest and straightforward. Her theology, progressive but not rigid and didactic. Her journey of faith, warm and gracious and genuine enough to r...
  • Aaron West
    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 listed off titles, he encouraged me to explore Rachel Held Evans's books.I walked out of the store that afternoon, pelted by rain on that gray Saturday before East...
  • Susan
    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. Elegant, thoughtful, and honest. I’m sorry I waited so long to read it. I’m sorry RHE isn’t here to write more books like this. “I could only proclaim the great my...
  • Kelcie
    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 for a Church in which “everyone is safe but no one is comfortable.”
  • Danielle DeVane Wells
    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 religion/"the church" or wanting to leave it or have friends/family who are in the same situation and you're wanting to understand. This crosses denominational barriers ...
  • Jasmine
    MAN it is such a relief to read about people on the same page as I am.
  • Jim
    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 and is constantly getting feedback - I think that’s part of the reason she’s so good. (I didn’t come up with that - I have to give credit to a friend for it....
  • James Rader
    I have a great appreciation for the way Rachel Held Evans tells her story of faith evolution with courage and grace. This book is an open invitation into her own vulnerable, question asking, theology-wrestling process, and leaves readers with a sense of ease knowing it is ok to doubt and struggle with God/Faith/Religion/Christianity. Rachel reminds us that not only is it ok, it is actually the necessary path to greater spiritual development and g...