An "Evolving Faith" Reading List // 2019 Edition

Last year, I attended a conference that forever altered the future of my life and faith: Evolving Faith. I originally signed up purely because I loved the two creators (Sarah Bessey and Rachel Held Evans), not knowing just how much it would blow me away and meet me where I was to call me forward in such a beautiful and meaningful way. The two days I spent at Montreat last year were incredibly impactful — the diversity of speakers (in all ways!) was stunning, their messages encouraging and illuminating, the whole experience rich and deep and just unlike any other faith experience I had been part before.

Long story short: I am a BIG FAN of Evolving Faith!

Note: I’m still deeply grieved that Rachel Held Evans passed away this year after a sudden illness. The conference won’t be the same without her, just like our world is not the same without her. Her wisdom, warmth, strength, and stories are deeply missed. I’m grateful for the chance to have been with her last year and to have learned from her in person and through her books.

I’m so thrilled to be returning again this fall (this time in Denver!) for even more goodness and growth.

Last year, I rounded up a list of books written by the speakers for my own sake (find it here!), but got such an encouraging response that I wanted to pull one together for this year as well!

Here’s a reading list of works written by the speakers of Evolving Faith 2019:

(ps— I’ve linked my personal reviews for the books I’ve read, and included affiliate links in this post at no extra cost to you!)


Sarah Bessey

Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women (review) • Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith (review) • Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God (coming Oct. 8!)

Jeff Chu

Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America

Rachel Held Evans

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church (review) • Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again (review) • A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master'Faith UnraveledEvolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions

Amena Brown

How to Fix a Broken Record: Thoughts on Vinyl Records, Awkward Relationships, and Learning to Be Myself (review)

Barbara Brown Taylor

Learning to Walk in the Dark (review) • Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith (review) • An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith (review) • Home by Another Way (review) • Gospel Medicine (review) • Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength

Danielle Shroyer

Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful PlaceThe Boundary-Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise

Jen Hatmaker

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards (review) • Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life (review) • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity

Kaitlin Curtice

Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places (review)

Lisa Sharon Harper

The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right (review)

Dr. Pete Enns

The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our "Correct" BeliefsThe Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read ItInspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Great News

Dr. Renita J. Weems

Listening For God: A Ministers Journey Through Silence And Doubt What Matters Most: Ten Lessons in Living Passionately from the Song of Solomon

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Shameless: A Sexual Reformation Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & SaintAccidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (review)

Tanya Marlow

Those Who Wait: Finding God in disappointment, doubt and delay Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty: Whispers of Restoration From the Book of Ruth

Austen Hartke

Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians

Beth Silvers + Sarah Stewart Holland

I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations (review)

Micky ScottBey Jones

Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture, and Religion

Eric Barreto

Exploring the BibleWriting TheologicallyReading TheologicallyThinking Theologically

Grace Kao

Asian American Christian Ethics: Voices, Methods, Issues


Comment below if you’ll be at EF this year so we can make plans to meet!

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