10 reasons to choose “Evolving in Monkey Town” for your book study

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

As summer comes to a close and we return to the rhythm of the school year, I’ve been hearing from a lot of readers who are interested in using Evolving in Monkey Town as a book study for their Sunday school, college group, or book club.  This makes me happy as I'd always hoped the book would be used as a conversation-starter and read in the context of community. 

 So if you’re locked in a heated debate with your campus pastor about which title to read in the fall, here are some extra incentives to choose Evolving in Monkey Town:

1. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller is about living a better story. Wouldn’t it be a better story if you chose a book that everyone on planet earth hasn’t already read?

2. You know you’ve wanted to get the words “monkey” and “evolving” in your church bulletin for years. Now’s your chance.

3. If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a month, you can pull the whole I’m-friends-with-the-author bit and shoot me an email if your group has any questions. Seriously. I love engaging in conversation with readers, and will do my best to respond. 

4. Everyone Poops doesn’t come with a discussion guide. 

5. Evolving in Monkey Town lends itself to cool theme parties in which you can incorporate monkey cupcakesmonkey paper productsmonkey centerpieces, and even classy monkey hats

6. According to Brett McCracken, Evolving in Monkey Town is “a provocative book--great for group discussion, and a must-read for anyone who has found doubts to be a stumbling block in their journey of faith.” Did I mention that Brett McCracken is an expert on hipness

7.printable discussion guide for Evolving in Monkey Town is now available for free download right here on the site

8. Or, if you want to kick it up a notch, check out the free Book Study Kit, which includes the discussion guide, a poster, and images for Web use. 

9. Evolving in Monkey Town has been endorsed by Scot McKnight, Shauna Niequist, Brian McLaren, Karen Spears Zacharias and more…which means you can safely assume these folks have endorsed your book club and include that on your fliers. 

10. GIVEAWAY:  Use the comment section to share an eleventh reason for choosing Evolving in Monkey Town for YOUR small group and you will be entered to win a free copy of the book! (Winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, August 9 at 9 a.m.-EST)


As long as we’re in shameless self-promotion mode, here are this weeks’ reviews: 

Interview: Tim McGeary – Burnside Writers Collective 

Review: Daniel Kirk – Storied Theology

Review: Micha Boyett Hohorst – Mama:Monk

Review: Jen Rose – Divinest Sense

Review: Joshua Graves

Review: Shelby Clarke

Interview: That Guy K.C. – Off the Cuff

Review: Fr. Christian Mathis – Blessed is the Kingdom

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