Note: I wrote the following book review for The Presbyterian Outlook. The review was published in August 2018.
If there’s one thing that Rachel Held Evans sets out to accomplish in her newest book, Inspired, it’s to demonstrate just how seriously she takes the Bible.
One could consider this an ambitious goal for Evans to undertake, considering her previous works led many in the evangelical community to accuse her of diminishing the Bible, and several Christian bookstore chains have banned her books from appearing on their shelves. Yet, the eagerness with which she dives into a deeper exploration of scriptural texts testifies to how seriously she views the task, as does the depth of the citations she includes as bibliographic endnotes.
In her characteristically accessible way, the author strives – and mostly succeeds – to incorporate sound biblical scholarship and imaginative creative writing into the style of memoir for which she has become known. The result is an invitation to accompany her on a journey that engages scripture both critically and creatively.
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Evans, Rachel Held. Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Nashville, TN: Nelson Books, 2018.
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