Rachel Held Evans

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Rachel Held Evans
Rachel-held-evans.jpg
BornRachel Grace Held
(1981-06-08) June 8, 1981 (age 37)
Occupation
  • Columnist
  • author
NationalityAmerican
GenreChristian
Website
rachelheldevans.com

Rachel Held Evans (née Rachel Grace Held, June 8, 1981) is an American Christian columnist, blogger and author. Her book A Year of Biblical Womanhood was on The New York Times' e-book non-fiction best-seller list.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Evans was born to Peter and Robin Held. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. At age 14, she and her family moved to Dayton, Tennessee, where her father took an administrative position at Bryan College. She attended Rhea County High School and then went to Bryan College where she majored in English literature. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003 and married her college boyfriend, Dan Evans, that year. They moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she worked as an intern for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.[2]

In 2004, Evans returned to Dayton where she worked full-time for the local paper, The Herald-News. In 2006, she transitioned from full-time to writing pro bono as the paper's humor columnist; in 2007, she won an award for "Best Personal Humor Column" from the Tennessee Press Association.[3] She continued to write freelance articles for national publications and started a blog.[4]

In September 2008, Evans signed with Zondervan for her first book, Evolving in Monkey Town.[5] The book explores her journey from religious certainty to a faith which accepts doubt and questioning; the title is based on the Scopes Monkey Trial that occurred in Dayton.[6] Her second book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master, was released in October 2012.[7][8] She recounts how she spent an entire year of living a Biblical lifestyle literally. The book also garnered national media attention for Evans as she appeared on The Today Show.[4] In 2014, Evans re-released Evolving in Monkey Town with the new title of Faith Unraveled.[9]

In 2015, she wrote a column in The Washington Post that was entitled: "Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church 'cool'”. In the column she self-identified as a millennial, and expressed her belief that while churches in the United States are attempting to get more millennials in the church, their approach is wrong because they focus primarily on stylistic aspects, which she believes "are not the key to drawing millennials back to God in a lasting and meaningful way. Young people don’t simply want a better show." She believes that while the church is acting in good faith in their efforts to bring millennials back to the church, they too frequently use misguided strategies to do so.[10]

Evans is an Episcopalian[11] and attends St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tennessee.[12] She no longer considers herself to be an evangelical due to its close association with the Christian right in the United States.[13] In early August 2016, Evans published an editorial for Vox defending her "pro-life Christian" position and support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[14]

Books[edit]

  • — (2010). Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions. Zondervan. ISBN 978-0310293996., republished as — (2014). Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions. Zondervan. ISBN 978-0310339168.
  • — (2012). A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master. Thomas Nelson. 352. ISBN 978-1595553676.
  • — (2015). Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0718022129.
  • — (2018). Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Thomas Nelson, Inc. ISBN 9781400211074.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Alumna Rachel Held Evans - published, working and improving". The Bryan College Triangle. October 23, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "2007 University of Tennessee - Tennessee Press Association - State Press Contests Awards" (PDF (press clippings)). 2007. p. 14. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Evans, Rachel Held (October 22, 2012). "Living through 'A Year of Biblical Womanhood'". Today Books. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  5. ^ Evans, Rachel Held (2010). Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions. Zondervan. ISBN 9780310293996.
  6. ^ "Evolving in Monkey Town". RachelHeldEvans.com. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Graham, Ruth (September 1, 2011). "A Year of Biblical Womanhood". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  8. ^ Compton, Allie (October 23, 2012). "Rachel Held Evans, Author of "A Year of Biblical Womanhood", Spent a Year Living the Bible Literally". HuffPost.
  9. ^ Evans, Rachel Held (2014). Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions. Zondervan. ISBN 9780310339168.
  10. ^ Devlin, Nathanael (Spring 2018). Written at Pennsylvania. "Millennial Mission: The Transmission of Christianity Is Not a New Task" (PDF). Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity (Article). Chicago. 31 (2): 42–45. ISSN 0897-327X. 128120637. Retrieved 2018-10-11 – via Academic Search Premier. (Subscription required (help)). Lay summary.
  11. ^ Merritt, Jonathan (March 9, 2015). "Rachel Held Evans defends exit from evangelicalism, calls Christians to celebrate sacraments". Religion News Service: On Faith & Culture. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  12. ^ Bailey, Sarah Pulliam (April 16, 2015). "How Rachel Held Evans became the most polarizing woman in evangelicalism". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  13. ^ "Ex-Evangelical Rachel Held Evans Still Cherishes Her Bible". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  14. ^ Held Evans, Rachel (August 4, 2016). "I'm a pro-life Christian. Here's why I'm voting for Hillary Clinton". Vox. Retrieved January 20, 2017.

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