A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master'

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Oct 29, 2012 - Religion - 352 pages
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What is “biblical womanhood” . . . really? 

Strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment—a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decides to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year.  

Pursuing a different virtue each month, Evans learns the hard way that her quest for biblical womanhood requires more than a “gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4). It means growing out her hair, making her own clothes, covering her head, obeying her husband, rising before dawn, abstaining from gossip, remaining silent in church, and even camping out in the front yard during her period. 

See what happens when a thoroughly modern woman starts referring to her husband as “master” and “praises him at the city gate” with a homemade sign. Learn the insights she receives from an ongoing correspondence with an Orthodox Jewish woman, and find out what she discovers from her exchanges with a polygamist wife.  Join her as she wrestles with difficult passages of scripture that portray misogyny and violence against women. 

With just the right mixture of humor and insight, compassion and incredulity, A Year of Biblical Womanhood is an exercise in scriptural exploration and spiritual contemplation. What does God truly expect of women, and is there really a prescription for biblical womanhood? Come along with Evans as she looks for answers in the rich heritage of biblical heroines, models of grace, and all-around women of valor. 


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User Review  - mldavis2 - LibraryThing

I found this to be an interesting exploration of the discrepancies in the bible, especially between the Jewish practices from the Old Testament and the pronouncements, especially by Paul, in the New ... Read full review

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User Review  - BethieBear - LibraryThing

In the interest of full disclosure: I am a fan of Rachel Held Evans' writing. I follow her blog and read her first book "Evolving in Monkey Town." So it's probably no surprise that I loved this book ... Read full review


GentlenessGirl Gone Mild
DomesticityMartha Martha
ObedienceMy Husband My Master
ValorWill the Real Proverbs 31 Woman Please Stand up?
BeautyMy Breasts Are like Towers
ModestyHulaHooping with the Amish
PurityThe Worst Time of the Month to Go Camping
FertilityQuivers Full of Arrows and Sippy Cups
SubmissionA Disposition to Yield
JusticeEat More Guinea Pig
SilenceI Am Woman Hear Me No More
GraceDays of Awe
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Rachel Held Evans is an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in local and national publications. She lives in Dayton, Tennessee, with her husband, Dan. Find out more at rachelheldevans.com

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