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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Evolving In Monkey Town Blog Tour

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. Growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, Evans asks questions she never thought she would ask. She learns that in order for her faith to survive in a postmodern context, it must adapt to change and evolve.

Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty, through doubt, to faith, Evans adds a unique perspective to the ongoing dialogue about postmodernism and the church that has so captivated the Christian community in recent years.

In a changing cultural environment where new ideas threaten the safety and security of the faith, Evolving in Monkey Town is a fearlessly honest story of survival.

About the Author:
Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans is an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in local and national publications. She lives in Dayton, Tennessee, with her husband, Dan.

Learn more about Rachel at

Evolving in Monkey Town
Release: June 2010
Soft cover, 240 pp.
ISBN: 0310293995

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Rachel Held Evans considers herself an "evolutionist" in the sense that she believes she has evolved into a better person by adapting to the world around her. Her confusion/doubt/questions shared in this book are understandable, having grown up in a very conservative Christian home, with a father who was a theologian.  Her home life taught her that questioning God was dangerous and her beliefs and convictions were pretty much laid out for her from birth.    

In her writing, Rachel shares that her doubts led to a rebirth of sorts and helped her decide for her self what was “truth”.  She finally came to a place where not having all of the answers was ok.  

I can’t honestly say that this book is something I would have normally picked up to read, but I appreciate the author's honesty in sharing her personal story.

This book is mainly the personal musings of someone who is analyzing everything she was taught growing up about her faith and admittedly doesn’t really know what she believes.  Her background in apologetics seemed to be her downfall, making her skeptical of her own faith and upbringing.  This book  might appeal to someone who is grappling in their faith and trying to figure out what they believe.

This book was provided free for review by Zondervan


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