Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

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Howard Books #ad - In the process of gently helping us sort things out, Bessey teaches us how to be as comfortable with uncertainty as we are with solid answers. And as we learn to hold questions in one hand and answers in the other, we discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through the storms of life. From the popular blogger and provocative author of Jesus Feminist comes a riveting new study of Christianity that helps you wrestle with—and sort out—your faith.

In out of sorts, and beautifully written” frank viola, compelling, author of god’s favorite Place on Earth—helps us grapple with core Christian issues using a mixture of beautiful storytelling and biblical teaching, Sarah Bessey—award-winning blogger and author of Jesus Feminist, which was hailed as “lucid, a style well described as “narrative theology.

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith #ad - As she candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues—such as who jesus is, how to disagree yet remain within a community, what place the Church has in our lives, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be—she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.

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Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women

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Howard Books #ad - It’s at once a call to find freedom in the fullness, glory, and work of Christ, hope, and a very personal and moving story of how Jesus made a feminist out of her. Bessey engages critically with Scripture in this gentle and provocative love letter to the Church. Written with poetic rhythm, a prophetic voice, and a deeply biblical foundation, this loving yet fearless book urges today’s church to move beyond man-made restrictions and fully welcome women’s diverse voices and experiences.

Written with poetic rhythm, a prophetic voice, and a deeply biblical foundation, this loving yet fearless book urges today’s church to move beyond man-made restrictions and fully welcome women’s diverse voices and experiences. A freedom song for the church. But patriarchy, she came to learn, was not God’s dream for humanity.

Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women #ad - Sarah bessey didn’t ask for jesus to come in and mess up all her ideas about a woman’s place in the world and in the church.

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Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God

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Howard Books #ad - The road of healing leads to rome where she met the Pope it’s complicated and encountered the Holy Spirit in the last place she expected. Insightful, spirit-filled story of what it means to live with both grief and faith, and unexpected, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things is a wild, profound, suffering and joy, as we wrestle with God.

She invites us to a path of knowing God that is filled with ordinary miracles, hope in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and other completely reasonable things. Weaving together theology and memoir in her trademark narrative style, Sarah tells us the story of the moment that changed her body and how it ultimately changed her life.

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God #ad - She writes about her miraculous healing, learning to live with chronic pain, and the ways God makes us whole in the midst of suffering. A deeply moving and life-affirming account of wrestling with faith and God and finding miracles in the most unexpected places. In the brief instant sarah bessey realized that her minivan was, clear day of the crash, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, inevitably, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences.

But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, preacher, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, she found that the most unexpected result wasn’t the way this shook her body, but how it shook her deeply rooted faith, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly.

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Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

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Thomas Nelson #ad - And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it. Centered around seven sacraments, vocation, Evans' quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, and death that are funny, communion, confession, marriage, confirmation, heartbreaking, and sharply honest.

A memoir about making do and taking risks, somewhere in between, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, Church. 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.

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church #ad - Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals--church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus.

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Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions

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Zondervan #ad - 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.

Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions #ad - This book was previously titled Evolving in Monkey Town. Profoundly moving, and relentlessly hopeful, deconstruction, fearlessly honest,  New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans offers this must-read for anyone on the journey of doubt, and ultimately faith reborn. 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.

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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again series_title

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Thomas Nelson #ad - The bible, breathing, is not a static work but is a living, captivating, she discovers, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world. If the bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read.

What she discovered changed her--and it will change you too. Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, short stories, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, soliloquies, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, and even a short screenplay.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again series_title #ad - Undaunted by the bible's most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture's mysteries.

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A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master'

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Thomas Nelson #ad - Learn the insights she receives from an ongoing correspondence with an Orthodox Jewish woman, and find out what she discovers from her exchanges with a polygamist wife. Join her as she wrestles with difficult passages of scripture that portray misogyny and violence against women. With just the right mixture of humor and insight, compassion and incredulity,  A Year of Biblical Womanhood is an exercise in scriptural exploration and spiritual contemplation.

Really? strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn't sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment--a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decides to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible's instructions for women as literally as possible for a year.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master' #ad - Pursuing a different virtue each month, Evans learns the hard way that her quest for biblical womanhood requires more than a "gentle and quiet spirit" 1 Peter 3:4. It means growing out her hair, obeying her husband, making her own clothes, rising before dawn, abstaining from gossip, remaining silent in church, covering her head, and even camping out in the front yard during her period.

See what happens when a thoroughly modern woman starts referring to her husband as "master" and "praises him at the city gate" with a homemade sign. What is "biblical womanhood".

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The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our "Correct" Beliefs

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HarperOne #ad - The controversial evangelical bible scholar and author of The Bible Tells Me So explains how Christians mistake “certainty” and “correct belief” for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy. With compelling and often humorous stories from his own life, Bible scholar Peter Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by the idealized traditional doctrine of “once for all delivered to the saints.

Enns offers a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. It gives christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, yet heartfelt, uncertain, terms.

The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our "Correct" Beliefs #ad - . This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide. Combining enns’ reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God.

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Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America

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Harper Perennial #ad - In this timely work—part memoir, politics, part investigative analysis—a prize-winning writer explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, and sexuality in Christian America. When jeff chu came out to his parents as a gay man, his devout Christian mother cried. Every time she looked at him.

Both funny and heartbreaking, emotional, does Jesus Really Love Me? is an intellectual, perplexing and wise, and spiritual pilgrimage that reveals a portrait of a faith and a nation at odds. And cried. As a journalist and a believer, chu knew that he had to get to the heart of a question that had been haunting him for years: Does Jesus really love me?The quest to find an answer propels Chu on a remarkable cross-country journey to discover the God “forbidden to him” because of his sexuality.

Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America #ad - Surveying the breadth of the political and theological spectrum, from the most conservative viewpoints to the most liberal, he tries to distill what the diverse followers of Christ believe about homosexuality and to understand how these people who purportedly follow the same God and the same Scriptures have come to hold such a wide range of opinions.

Why does pastor a believe that god hates me, from westboro baptist church and their god hates fags protest signs to the pioneering Episcopal bishop Mary Glasspool, especially because of my gayness? Why does Person B believe that God loves me, who proclaims a message of liberation and divine love, gayness and all?From Brooklyn to Nashville to California, Chu captures spiritual snapshots of Christian America at a remarkable moment, when tensions between both sides in the culture wars have rarely been higher.

For months.

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Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

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Convergent Books #ad - But by this grace, people are trans­formed in ways they couldn’t have been on their own. Told in nadia’s trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of today’s most important religious voices. But god keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.

What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today? . And what if that's the point?in accidental saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a religious but not-so-spiritual life. Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve.

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People #ad - As she lives and worships alongside these “ac­cidental saints, ” Nadia is swept into first-hand en­counters with grace—a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit with a blunt instrument. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike.

In a time when many have rightly become dis­illusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints dem­onstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives.

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Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe Is Coming Apart

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Convergent Books #ad - With an inviting blend of vulnerability and hope, it addresses the losses that come with spiritual shifts and offers tangible practices for rebuilding a free and authentic faith after it unravels. Includes personal reflection and group discussion questions at the end of each chapter. If that describes you, you’re in good company.

Pastor, friend, and spiritual director Kathy Escobar has journeyed with many who have experienced significant shifts in the faith they once considered unchangeable. Through their stories and her own, Kathy has discovered that growth and change are natural parts of life in our relationship with God. Filled with honest stories and practical insights, Faith Shift gives language to what many experience as their faith evolves.

Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe Is Coming Apart #ad - Hope for spiritual refugees, church burnouts, and freedom seekers. After years of participating in a comfortable faith tradition, feeling disillusioned with church, many find themselves in a spiritual wilderness, longing for more freedom and less religion in their lives. Countless men and women are in the middle of a shifting faith—and aren’t sure where to turn.

But losing beliefs doesn’t mean you have to lose your faith.

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