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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (999 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel Held Evans Narrator: Rachel Held Evans Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780310773719
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Bell | 2/11/2014

    " Rachel Evans gives a great account of growing up an Evangelical Christian, knowing all the right answers but never having learned what the questions really were. She gives voice to doubts and questions many brought up in the Church may have never thought to ask or have asked and felt wrong for doing so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Joy Freese | 2/7/2014

    " I heart intellectual Christian books that avoid cliches (like the plague). Seriously, Rachel is an amazing writer, and she is wicked smart. She proves this, of course, by including endnotes, and any book with endnotes is smart. Plus, Rachel's tone makes the book an enjoyable read. Would definitely read more from her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 2/1/2014

    " Reading Rachel's story about her faith evolution sounded so comfortingly familiar. It's the kind of book that makes me wish we were friends in real life, that we could commiserate on our doubts and questions together. It is slowly but surely reinvigorating my own faith. Evolving in Monkey Town is a great read for anyone who has doubted God, questioned their beliefs and what was once held so deeply as truth, or just simply needs a reminder that it's okay not to know, not to have all the answers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/30/2014

    " Evans' memoirs of her early years growing up in Christianity strike a chord with those who are seeking and questioning their faith. Her stories of struggling with various preconceived fundamentals of faith are inspiring yet common. Ultimately her message is that faith is constantly changing and that doubts are a natural product of faith, which serve to mould and change our faith so that it may be stronger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/23/2014

    " A good book for gaining perspective on the slice of the Generation X/Baby Buster generation that has become so disillusioned with Church but still spiritually hungry and seeking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/22/2014

    " Great book for someone who realizes that they haven't reached their destination. It doesn't answer the questions, but if you're struggling with the right words it can help give voice to them. It helps me to remember in humility that being on the journey doesn't give me the luxury of judging someone else's point on the journey. Plus, I love the way Rachel Held Evans has with words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/20/2014

    " I've been following Rachel's blog for a while so I knew I would like this book. What I didn't know is the impact some of her statements would make on me... my eyes grew wide, my breath caught in my throat and I was absolutely floored as my heart was opened up once again to the complexity and mystery of God's love for all people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deetz | 1/19/2014

    " This book is like having someone more articulate and braver than I am write out the thoughts I've wrestled with for the past 17 years. I loved it, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/18/2014

    " Couldn't put it down. Rachel Held Evans is extremely articulate and relatable, especially for someone who came to Christianity via a very different path yet arrives at the same questions about God and how to represent God in every day life. I appreciate her representation of people from many facets of life and her honesty in her depiction of her struggle with the big questions of her faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 1/11/2014

    " easy read- she tackles some of the same issues I've been thinking about lately so I enjoyed reading about her process "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 8/7/2013

    " Not nearly as wonderful as Evans' second book. This book was low on research and focus and just didn't really do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Robeson | 6/19/2013

    " I found this book comforting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 10/4/2012

    " I love this book and want to hang out with Rachel Held Evans! 6 stars! I highlighted entire chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/17/2012

    " Very interesting read for anyone who has ever had questions about their faith. Nothing earth-shattering, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty | 12/16/2011

    " For me part 2 and to some extent part 3 were the really good parts of this book. They describe her issues with her faith and (more briefly) how she affirmed her faith, while living with uncertainties. Whilst having my own set of issues (some shared with the author), I can relate to this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Stickney | 11/11/2011

    " Great spiritual memoir by a young Christian woman (in her twenties). She was raised evangelical with an Apologist father, but now finds herself somewhere in the emergent church. She reminds us that it's OK, even desirable, to ask questions within your faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lelia Babson | 8/20/2011

    " This was a very thought provoking book that helped me understand the difference between questioning God and questioning false fundamentals of my faith. Very good book for a first time writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 2/17/2011

    " Such an incredible book. Beautifully written, incredibly poignant, highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 12/13/2010

    " My entire body and especially my brain are tingling after reading this book. It is thought provoking and vital and crucial. Rachel Held Evans challenged me to question and to not stay the same! I loved this book and it is a must read on my list! "

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About the Author

Rachel Held Evans, an award-winning writer, is a popular blogger and the author of Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions.