When two of your very favorite writers in the Christian space announce a conference, you drop everything and buy tickets immediately. You just do.
Rachel Held Evans and Sarah Bessey announced their upcoming "Evolving Faith" conference a few weeks ago, and even though it's still months away, I CANNOT WAIT. The conference is hailed as "a two-day gathering for the wanderers, wonderers, status quo spenders, and spiritual refugees to discover you are not alone." Like, hello, yes please.
I've been poring over the list of speakers, and I have made it my mission to read as much from them before the gathering as I can.
Thankfully (for my budget), I got a perfectly timed email from Wikibuy the same week I was piling these all up in my online shopping cart, and using their site ended up saving me so much money! I hadn't heard of Wikibuy before, but they exist to save you money through a whole massive collection of deals on their site and an even longer list of sites they've found coupons and deals for, all to make your life easier and save you money. While I browsed around sites like Barnes and Noble hunting for these books, they were finding coupon codes for me and saving me dollars. HOLLA. Love that!
For anyone not heading to the conference (or anyone attending!), here's my list of essential reading from the gathering's incredible roster of speakers and panelists:
What I've Already Read:
Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women by Sarah Bessey // review here
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans // review here
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans // review here
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker // review here
What I'm Reading Next:
Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions by Rachel Held Evans
How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love Is Already Here by Jonathan Martin
The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World by Sandra Maria Van Opstal
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown // review here
and even more books by these authors + helpful resources:
Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus by Kathy Escobar
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness by Cindy Wang Brandt (coming February 2019)