RIP Rachel Held Evans

I have been following the updates around Rachel Held Evans’ health with increasing trepidation.  From the beginning, it never sounded good.  But hearing the news that she had passed away at only 37 years old still hit with a real punch.  She leaves behind her adored husband and her two very young children – it is such an incredible injustice.  I discovered her site while I was still a student.  I remember feeling so relieved to hear from someone that it was indeed possible to be a Christian and a feminist.  During a phase of my life when I had a particularly tedious commute, I used to read her #Mutuality posts.  One day, I recall how I was sitting in a bus shelter in the pouring rain, water up to my ankles, but it hardly mattered.  Rachel Held Evans was explaining that I did not matter less to God because I was a girl.  I did not have to mistrust my common sense and submit against my better judgment.  Her words have inspired me during some tricky times.  Reading Evolving in Monkey Town made me think about the kind of Christian I wanted to be and also helped me come to terms with my own doubts.  A Year of Biblical Womanhood gave a fascinating analysis of what it means to be a Christian woman.  I still remember huge chunks out of her blog posts.  Even on a personal level, her Sunday Superlatives series pointed me towards some really great book recommendations.  When she followed me back on Twitter, I practically danced with glee.  She was a heroine of mine.  Although we never met in this life, I will miss her humour and wisdom.  She made the Internet a better place.  I pray for her peace and for that of her family.

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6 thoughts on “RIP Rachel Held Evans

  1. This is such sad news. I wasn’t familiar with Rachel Held Evans before today, but it sounds like she was a real force for good in the world, and it’s heartbreaking for her to die so suddenly and so young. It’s awful for her family, and obviously for many among her audience.

    1. It’s just so incredibly sad. I try really hard not to go overboard when people die who I don’t know – I feel like their families must be having a hard enough time without a bunch of people who their loved one never met wailing and gnashing their teeth – but I’m finding this really tough. It just seems so cruel – so young, her children so little, so much still left to accomplish. She was a very special person. There was a time in my life when I really didn’t feel that Christianity had a place for me – I knew some pretty rotten Christians at university – and her words were incredibly helpful in making me feel that there were others out there who believed in God but thought more like me. She was an immensely inspiring writer and speaker. Her words will always be with us but it is so tragic that she is now gone.

  2. I am sad to say that I hadn’t heard of Rachel Held Evans until her death, and I feel like I have missed out on something precious because of it. Thankfully, I can still read her works, but I wish I would have followed her before now. Her message is truly worthy.

    1. I hope that you do get to read her books and that her message can carry on – it’s been a few days and the whole thing still seems incredibly unfair 🙁 I think that sharing her legacy is the only thing that makes what has happened seem any easier.

  3. Oh doll ❤️ Sending you my love and hugs. It’s one of the beauties, and curses, of the internet – we can feel so close, so connected, to someone we’ve never met, and their loss leaves a real hole in our real lives and hearts. This is a beautiful tribute to her.

    1. Thank you. That’s really kind of you to say. I know it’s not my grief but I do feel a real sorrow about this one. You’re absolutely right that the internet does bring us these wonderful connections and although it’s important that we remember our real lives first and foremost, I think this has made me realise how deep-rooted internet connections can really be. Hugs back to you 🙂

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