In the early-ish days of blogging, it was normal to have a blogroll: a list of links to other (often more popular) blogs that the author was interested in. The blogroll would sit calmly in the sidebar and let readers browse their way to other blogs and other authors, discovering fresh ideas and insights. Now, nobody maintains a blogroll. The best hope you have of finding someone else is to follow a link in the body of a post or in a comment or in a link dump. Around here, they also show up in link posts that I share fairly frequently.
But the fact is that I kind of miss the blogroll, and I think that it’s worthwhile to share some of the blogs I read and a note one why I read them. I’ll try to put up one example every couple of weeks.
Because of course I read Rachel Held Evans. Held Evans is a popular progressive evangelical author, memoirist, and speaker. Much of her work focuses on her own (sometimes complicated) faith journey and the role of women in the church. It is, of course, impossible to capture everything that she touches on here, and I recommend not only reading her most recent posts, but taking a stroll through the archives. She provides an accessible and compassionate view on theological and pastoral issues that are often fraught with tension.
She’s also written three books:
- Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions (previously titled Evolving in Monkey Town)
- A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband ‘Master’ (which I have read and can recommend)
- Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church