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They’re here!!! Advance copies of my next book, “Inspired,” have arrived. Usually these go out exclusively to media, other authors, and “influencers,” (I dislike that word), but at 4 p.m. EST today I’ll be making an announcement on Facebook Live about how those of you who have pre-ordered (or who pre-order soon!) can get your hands on a copy a full FOUR MONTHS early. So come back for that. In the meantime, a sneak peek....

UPDATE: If you are one of the first 500 people to su...bmit proof of pre-order purchase, you will receive an Advance Review Copy in the next TWO WEEKS, along with a your official copy in June. Offer lasts until Friday night at midnight. Here's the form: http://bit.ly/inspired-arc

UPDATE 2: Wow! Those went fast. Unfortunately we have a limited supply of ARCs and had to close the promotion. If you qualified, you’ll get an email from my publisher letting you know you can expect your copy soon. Thanks so much for your interest and support! Happy reading!

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Floridians, I'll be in Palm Beach the first weekend in March. Come say hello! http://www.bbts.org/learn/lenten-retreat/

Welcome to the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, a community of people from all walks of life discovering the joy of knowing and following Jesus Christ. We gather on Sundays to hear the sacred stories of God’s love and to be spiritually nourished in sharing Holy Communion. Then, inspired by...
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I had to cut my spring speaking schedule short this year because we have a baby girl joining our family in May, (and I prefer not to travel more than 30-feet during my third trimester!), but if you live in Texas, Florida, or North Carolina, you may have the chance to say hello before I hole up for the rest of the season.

Upcoming events include:

February 23-24 ...
Highland Park United Methodist Church Women’s Retreat
Dallas, Texas
I’ll be speaking about sisterhood, with talks entitled, “Sisters of Valor,” “Sisters in the Wilderness,” and “Sisters at the Table.”
Learn more, and register, here: http://www.hpumc.org/…/1035435-2018-02-23-2018-womens-retr…/

March 3-4
The Church of Bethesda-By-The-Sea Lenten Retreat
Palm Beach, Florida
On Saturday, I’ll be leading a sort of “Vacation Bible School for Adults,” where we learn to engage familiar Bible stories in new and creative ways. On Sunday, I’ll deliver a (very) short homily at the 8:00 a.m. & 11 a.m. services.
Learn more, and register, here: http://www.bbts.org/learn/lenten-retreat/

March 16-17
The Why Christian? Conference
Duke Chapel, Durham, North Carolina
There are only a few dozen tickets left for this event, hosted by myself and Nadia Bolz-Weber, and featuring eight amazing and diverse speakers who will all respond to the question, “Why are you a Christian?” Learn more, and register, here: https://whychristian.net/

Hope to see you soon!

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This year HPUMC is excited to welcome New York Times best-selling author, Rachel Held Evans, as our keynote speaker for our annual women's retreat. If you're in need of inspiration, rest, or spiritual renewal, this weekend is for you. Our theme this year is Sister Up. We'll be focusing on the gift o...
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Those ARCs for "Inspired" went so fast! If you missed out on the promotion, never fear. We'll be offering other incentives & giveaways in the weeks and months ahead. I like to get as much of the content out there ahead of time as possible.

So in that spirit, for a limited time, you can get a link to download a PDF containing 30+pages of "Inspired"when you sign up for my email newsletter. (Note: My newsletter is very unobtrusive. The last time I sent out an email was 2015. Ha!) Here's the link. Thanks to Dan who made it pretty: https://rachelheldevans.com/newsletter

Official Web site of New York Times bestselling author and popular blogger Rachel Held Evans. Rachel has been featured in national broadcasts and publications including NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The Times London, and The Huffington Post.
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If you are one of the first 500 people to submit proof of pre-order purchase, you will receive an Advance Review Copy of "Inspired" in the next TWO WEEKS, along with a your official copy in June. Offer lasts until Friday night at midnight. Here's the form you'll need to fill out to get your Advance Review Copy: http://bit.ly/inspired-arc

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Kate Bowler has written some really excellent articles ahead of the release of her next book, and this is one of the best. So thrilled to have her as a keynote speaker at Why Christian this year! https://www.nytimes.com/…/op…/sunday/cancer-what-to-say.html

After years of living with stage IV cancer, I have some suggestions.
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Heads Up: Today's the LAST DAY you can get the "Searching for Sunday" ebook for less than a dollar! Sale ends Feb. 1.

“Once upon a time, there lived a girl with a magic book…”

So begins the first pages of my next literary endeavor, "Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again," available now for pre-order and officially releasing June 12, 2018.

This is a book about the Bible. And it’s unlike any other book I’ve ever written, for in addition to the memoir, it includes original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay—all aimed at capturing the... wonder and beauty of Scripture, while honoring the best in biblical scholarship and acknowledging the challenges of its most difficult passages.

My hope is that this book will rekindle in you a childlike love for the stories of the Bible, but in a way that engages the heart and mind, your faith and your doubts.

I’ve been hinting about the book on social media, but today I get to reveal the title and cover, both of which I love. Thanks to my editor, Jenny Baumgartner, for helping me land on the title (after hours of discussion and a bunch of polls, to which many of you contributed), and to the cover’s designer, Connie Gabbert, and the art director from Thomas Nelson, Belinda Bass. This was a team effort and I’m thrilled with the results.

**Pre-order info in the first comment below.**

As always, thanks for your readership and support. It never fails to humble and move me that you would want to spend time in the company of my words. What an honor that is.

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The problem isn't that the president uses "salty language." The problem is that the salty language occurs in the context of his denigrating people of color and bragging about sexually assaulting women. If you think the words "shit" and "pussy" are the problem, rather than the acts of racism and misogyny, you're deflecting. You're missing the point entirely.

The gospel reading this week comes from John 1, where Philip tells Nathanael about Jesus - "the one whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote." And Nathanael responds, "Can anything good come from [that shithole] Nazareth?"

Only God, Nathanael. Only God.

Philip says, "Come and see."

The "Searching for Sunday" ebook is just 99 cents through the month of January! And "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" is just $1.99. Two good deals. Grab 'em up while they're cheap! https://www.amazon.com/Searching-Sunday…/…/ref=pd_sim_351_3…

From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans comes a book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past and hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part of the Church.Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. The h...
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For those of you following the work of my sister, Amanda Opelt, this post on "Fare Thee Well" is just breathtaking - so beautiful and hard. She writes about holding the hand of a dying teenage in Mosul, Iraq and suffering through a miscarriage. Last year was a really tough one for her, and as her sister, it both broke my heart and inspired me profoundly to watch her walk through it all with courage, tenderness, and grace. This is just a small glimpse at the incredible person she is: http://www.amandaopelt.com/blog/faretheewell…

When I look back on 2017, I see many highs and lows, joys and sorrows I couldn’t have anticipated. But if I were to choose the single most impactful and life changing experience I had in this past year, it would have to be an interaction I had with a 17 year old boy from Mosul Iraq. I work for a C
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I feel like I need to think of some creative, introspective, & shareable way to tell you this, but I'm just too tired and hungry. We're expecting a baby girl in May! Hurray! (She'll be joining a big brother who turns two next month.) Love you all. Send cheese.

This is a great piece from Tyler Huckabee on deconstructing faith, featuring Sarah Bessey, Mike McHaruge, and Richard Rohr. So many of you will relate: https://relevantmagazine.com/…/how-to-deconstruct-your-fai…/

“My husband and I had lost one of our children before birth,” says Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts. “And the experience of walking through that meant I didn’t really have the option to choose the intellectual spiritual dishonesty of pretending that I was fine.” The ...
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If you've been following me for more than a year, then you know that every December I go in search of the elusive, ethnically-correct-ethically-sourced-but-not-too-fussy-child-friendly-RHE-approved nativity set...to no avail. Well, NOT THIS YEAR. The country may be divided, our democracy may be on trial, Calvinists may be yelling at me on Twitter, BUT I FINALLY HAVE THE NATIVITY SET OF MY DREAMS. Thanks so much to Progressive Pegs Shop for making this happen.

I combined figu...res from Progressive Pegs with the animals (and an angel) from a wooden set I found on Amazon. Together they make a lovely nativity that includes a brown holy family, a midwife, a cute shepherd family, and lots of animals (I love the elephant!). Links in the comments. (Note: I spent a little more than I wanted,, but if you'd like to do something similar for less, I'll include some links to other options in the comments.) Merry Christmas!

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Hey Alabama readers:

1) Thanks for all the snow pics! It looked so pretty piled up on your lawn furniture.

2) Epic Iron Bowl this year. Auburn played the better game, but I'm happy Bama's getting a second chance in the playoffs.

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3) You've got a big election tomorrow and the favored candidate has not only been credibly accused of preying on young girls (so much that he got banned from the Gadsden Mall! Ew!), but has also spoken negatively about the Civil Rights Movement and warmly about slavery, said he thinks gay people should be imprisoned and Muslims prohibited from running for office, and was twice booted from the judiciary for behaving in ways that were "grossly inconsistent with his duties." On top of all this, he likes to claim that God is on his side, even as he publicly shames the women who have spoke up about his misconduct.

But he's pro-life. And his opponent, Doug Jones, is pro-choice. If that gives you pause, please consider this article from the 2016 election in which I explain why I - a Christian who identifies as pro-life - feel comfortable voting for pro-choice candidates. https://rachelheldevans.com/…/pro-life-voting-for-hillary-c…

Please get out and vote, and support Doug Jones. When we treat the abuse of women and girls as acceptable, and the preservation of racism as inevitable, we lower the standards of ALL elected officials. This election has consequences stretching far beyond Alabama. Do the right thing.

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I’m pro-life. Or, put another way, I believe the sacred personhood of an individual begins before birth and continues throughout life, and I believe that sacred personhood is worth protecting, whether it’s tucked inside a womb, waiting on death row, fleeing Syria in search of a home, or playing ...
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This, from my uber-talented sister, Amanda Opelt, will make you hear the lyrics to Joy to the World like never before. So needed this today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUEyG-nnNhw&app=desktop

"Joy to the World" was arranged by Amanda Opelt, and performed by Amanda Opelt, Erin Deuel, and Caroline Hardin at Caroline's home in Boone, NC. Download the...
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