Rachel Held Evans’ last words

Jeff, how was it for you to take this?

JEFF CHU The decision to say yes to Dan and the children was not a difficult one. In fact, following and finishing the book was really difficult. But that’s the problem with friendship – I don’t think friendship is always easy. Sometimes friendship is going to require us to make sacrifices and take difficult paths and do things that aren’t necessarily enjoyable or fun because that’s what our friends need.

For Rachel, what would it mean to strive for genuine faith right now?

EVANS If you want to see someone wholeheartedly, it was Rachel. Part of sincerity is this ability to be vulnerable. She was able to address her doubts and the things that were considered scary or bad in her religious tradition and say, in fact, that it is a strength to be able to recognize them.

There is a line when she says, “Christianity is the story I will strive with forever.” Tell me about it.

CHU Rachel would often say, “The days when I believe …” This is a phrase that comes up over and over again in her speeches and in her writings, and I think it was a frank recognition of the reality of faith for many of them. we. Christianity is, let’s be honest, a super strange story. And it’s also an invitation to ask big questions. How can we not ask big questions about the suffering of this world? And how not to ask big questions about this super bizarre story? One of the gifts Rachel gave me, and I think she left it for the world, was her gentle encouragement to keep struggling, keep asking questions, keep looking because all of this is complicated. But ultimately, I think she thinks the love that was underneath it was worth pursuing.

There is a theme in the book about how we are all interconnected, even beyond time. What does it mean to carry on with someone’s life and love after death?

EVANS I used to think that “until death do us part” meant that everything ends when a person dies. And what I’m learning is that there are things that exist until the two people are in the grave. It sounds super morbid and depressing I’m sure. But there are things that are still painful right now, but I hope in the future I can look back with a smile, like all the shared jokes that only the two of us knew, and now only one of us. ‘between us does. The life we ​​imagined together, and now I’m the only one who can imagine it, like we did.

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