It’s been a few months since I’ve posted Evolving in Monkey Town reviews, but a few rolled in this week that I wanted to share.
From Jamie Aramini:
“This book helped me come to terms with my own identity crisis. Yes, I can be a Christian and have questions. Yes, I can be a Christian and have doubts. It doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition. I can love God and still think we aren’t doing what’s right in the modern church. I can question my faith and still not be a heretic.”
From Think Liz:
“I feel a bit like I can breathe again. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I feel like a crazy for doubting and I feel like a crazy for being a Christian. I frequently wonder if other people have the same deep doubts. That sometimes they just want to leave the faith behind them. Thank you Rachel for just coming out and saying what I’m sure many of us feel. Thank you for allowing God to grow bigger than the box we put him in and giving me the freedom to know that I don’t know the answers and that grey is sometimes ok.”
From Relevant: (Forgot to post this one earlier)
"Evans’ excellent new memoir explores her upbringing in Dayton’s evangelical culture, with its unique traditions and its dogmatic certainties. The book is much more than just a delightful coming-of-age narrative, though. Instead, Evolving in Monkey Town reflects well on what it means to forego religious certainty for a much richer, much deeper, much more doubt-ridden faith. In a clever (but in no way cloying) play on the idea of evolution, so central to her hometown’s identity, Evans explains that faith has its own evolutionary process, that 'faith must adapt in order to survive.'”
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