Friday, February 11, 2011

Evolving in Monkey Town

Evolving in Monkey Town
By Rachel Held Evans

From the book: 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.
-taken from the back cover.

From me: I'm not sure where to begin in my review...when I first won this book in a giveaway, I wasn't too thrilled. I always tend to win the items I am least interested in and Evolving in Money Town definitely fit the category. I don't even know how to describe what I though was going to be going in the book, but I knew it would probably be something distasteful and wrong since evolving and monkeys were in the title. Besides adapt, change and evolve are kind of dirty words when it comes to the Christian faith.

That opinion carried me through half of the book, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, but instead I kept reading things that rang so true to where I am in my faith right now. I've already been grappling with America's Christianity, the rich man who was told to sell all his possessions and I'm reading Radical right now. So, yeah. Evans words ring true and challenging to me.

I honestly am having a hard time even sharing my thoughts on the book right now. Evans journey was fascinating and challenging and I have a lot of thoughts running through my head. Evolving in Money Town is one of the most challenging books I've read in a while and speaks to everything I have been grappling with in my life right now.

All I can really say is this: You need to buy this book. You need to read this book. Especially if you have grown up in a Christian home. It will be well worth the cost.


Odie Langley said...

I had a similar reaction to the title but as I read what you had to say it made me want to get it as well. I will check into that book soon. thanks