Inspired was written by New York Times bestselling author, Rachel Held Evans and published by Thomas Nelson. It has an introduction, 8 chapters, an epilogue, acknowledgements, about the author and notes. It is a paper back book with a simple, yet modern black, white and gold illustrated cover.
The main thesis of the book is slaying giants, walking on water and loving the Bible again. I was excited about this idea because I grew up in a Christian home and sometimes after hearing the same stories all your life, the words become familiar and can grow stagnant. I was excited to see the Bible in a fresh new way through this book and to fall in love with it all over again, like Evans.
That being said, I thought this book was okay. It was pretty hard for me to get through and moved slowly overall. In fact, I finally just gave up and skipped the last couple chapters to the epilogue to see if there were any new revelations that tied everything together and it kinda did. It concluded that everyone has a unique story that helps them interpret the Bible differently and we should listen to those stories. I do not disagree.
Throughout the book, I saw how Evans fell in love with different people and their individual stories from a wide range of religious experiences and how that can connect us to God and the stories in the Bible. Maybe a better tag line would be (Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Seeing How Different People Interpret the Bible). People and their stories are important to the Christian faith. God has given us each our own testimony that can be very powerful and can reflect wisdom from stories that we hear in the Bible. While this was interesting at times, it left a lot open to one’s own interpretation and felt a little sloppy and irresponsible. It was hard for me to gauge what she actually believed.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend this book, just because I didn’t find it very engaging in the first place and secondly, I didn’t feel like I gleaned new Biblical Truth from reading it. It was okay, if you need inspiration about getting out of your comfort zone and listening to the stories of people around you, that are different than yours.
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