Evolving In Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans

“Knowing all the answers isn’t as important as asking the questions.”

I’ve  just finished reading “Evolving in Monkey Town” by Rachel Held Evans. This book was a great read. In fact, I read it twice, and I found myself challenged during both readings.

The book chronicles Rachel’s spiritual journey from her early years in Birmingham, AL, to her teenage and college years in Dayton, TN (home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial and Bryan College), to her current life as an author, speaker & blogger. This is a story of faith. A faith tried and tested, but ultimately strong enough to ask the most difficult questions…the ones without answers.

Rachel’s story is well written, funny, poignant, insightful, challenging and unfinished. If you are looking for a book to answer all of life’s tough questions, this book is not it. However, if you are looking for a book the will help you ask the right questions, you should definitely read this book!

Similar to Plan B, this book doesn’t end with everything tied up in a nice little bow. To be totally honest, although reading “Evolving in Monkey Town” has helped to strengthen my belief in some areas, I probably have more questions now than before I read this book. Strangely though, there is a greater peace in the line of questions I am asking now than in many of the dogmatic answers I have been so desperately trying to hang onto for years…and my faith is stronger for it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Publishers in exchange for publishing a review of the book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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