I first discovered Rachel Held Evans through her blog. I like her writing and share many of her concerns with the direction of the US evangelical church. In 2012, I read her book A Year of Biblical Womanhood. I enjoyed it and it challenged me.
It’s important to note that Faith Unravelled is not a new book. It is the re-release of her book Evolving in Monkeytown.
I enjoyed this book. Rachel is honest and direct in her discussion of her life as a fundamentalist and her turn from it. She explores her doubt and her journey back to faith (though, in truth, she hadn’t gone that far).
I felt Evans breezed through her journey too quickly. Though she’s clearly had doubts, they seem to have been resolved in an almost sitcom-like fashion. All her concerns can be tied in a neat knot in 30 minutes or less.
The good news is that her writing and willingness to leave things without neat resolve has improved in Womanhood.
I wish Held had taken the opportunity of the re-release of this book to update it and give her exploration more depth.