Book Study & discussion

INSPIRED: SLAYING GIANTS, WALKING ON WATER, AND LOVING THE BIBLE AGAIN by Rachel Held Evans


Discussions are free and open to the public.

Meet at Hubbard Park Beer Garden, 3565 N. Morris Blvd. in Shorewood [if raining, meet at Kingo].

Book is available from the library and through Amazon or other online retailers.


Reading the Bible is a daunting endeavor. Is it literal fact or does it speak God's truth through stories, like a fable? How are we to make sense of the violence, slavery, sexism, and genocide that runs through much of the Bible? Finding inspiration is often fleeting.


Born into a conservative Evangelical family, the late author Rachel Held Evans grappled with understanding the Bible. Through deep questioning, exploration, and theological study, Held Evans developed into a progressive Christian whose experience is changing the way Christianity is perceived in the United States today. She has become a source of inspiration.


Held Evans wrote not as a theologian but from her personal experience as a pioneer in faith navigating the wisdom of God. Her last book, Inspired is about unpacking the Bible and getting at the root of difficult issues that often impede faith and create confusion. The book is enlightening, honest, and at time humorous, putting an inspirational spin on many pervasive interpretations of the Bible.


Discussion Schedule:

July 31  |  Intro - The Temple/Ch. 1

August 7  |  The Well/Ch. 2 - The Walls/Ch. 3

August 14  |  The Debate/Ch. 4 - The Beast/Ch. 5

August 21  |  The Water/Ch. 6

August 28  |  The Sea/Ch. 7 - The Letter/Ch. 8