Before her shocking and tragic death in 2019, beloved author Rachel Held Evans had started work another book. She died before it could be completed, but her friend and fellow author Jeff Chu has helped complete the manuscript, with some help from Held Evans’ unpublished essays. Now Wholehearted Faith is available for pre-order and will release in November of this year.
According to Held Evans’ website, the book is a collection of essays “that ask candid questions about the stories we’ve been told—and the stories we tell—about our faith, our selves, and our world.”
“This book is for the doubter and the dreamer, the seeker and the sojourner, those who long for a sense of spiritual wholeness,” the site continues. “Through theological reflection and personal recollection, Rachel wrestles with God’s grace and love in an imperfect world, looks unsparingly at what the Church is and does, and explores universal human questions about becoming and belonging.”
This is Held Evans’ second posthumous publication this year. What Is God Like?, her first book for children, was likewise started before she died and completed by her friend Matthew Paul Turner.
In life, Held Evans was enormously beloved as a challenging, provocative writer who championed a more open, gracious space for Christians who didn’t fit the accepted White Evangelical mold she and many others had been raised in. With books like Searching for Sunday and Inspired, Held Evans fearlessly challenged sacred cows, but did so with a warmth and wit that made her a lifeline for many believers who didn’t know if there was room for them in the Church. She assured them there was, and her legacy is one of acceptance, belonging and, yes, wholeheartedness.