Book Club, Babies, and By the Way...

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

I hope you will consider getting your hands on a copy of our book club selection for the month of May—The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark. The book includes a series of reflections on the importance of thinking critically about faith and the value of asking difficult questions regarding everything from God to religion to language to government. Dark, an acquaintance of mine and fellow Zondervan author, really struck a cord in the first chapter, where he says, “We feel pressure to believe—or pretend to believe—that God is love, while suspecting with a sinking feeling that God likes almost no one.” Later he writes, “I believe deliverance begins with questions. It begins with people who love questions, people who live with questions and by questions, people who feel deep joy when good questions are asked...The call to worship is a call to complete candor and radical questioning—questioning the way things are, the way we are, and the way things ought to be.”

It’s a great book for the month of May because my posts for that month will all connect to the broader theme of questions.  We’ll talk about the process of questioning, the history of questioning, and the importance of questioning. In addition, I’ll be asking you a lot of questions—some serious, some silly—with the goal of opening up some good dialog and getting to know one another a better. The Sacredness of Questioning Everything includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter, which will be useful for the blog, and I hope to include a brief interview with the author, so be thinking of what you might want to ask him. I’m really looking forward to our upcoming discussions!

On a fun note, I’d like to offer my congratulations to friend of the blog Micah, who is now a happy father of two. Liam Nathaniel was born on Wednesday, coming in at a whopping 9 lbs, 4 oz, and 22 inches long. Micah joins several from our little blog community to recently celebrate new arrivals. Julianne has some great pictures of little Harper Emerson on her blog as well.

 And by the way, you might want to check out this perspective from Megan McArdle on the subject of torture (sent to me by Micah), and this guest post  by Travis on the Jesus Creed blog about labels (“Christian” or “follower of Christ”?). 

Have a great weekend!

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