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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Which God are we talking about here?

User Review  - Skotiad - Christianbook.com

As other reviews have noted, the author has a reasonably good writing style, so it is easy to read. Unfortunately, her approach to the Bible is troublesome. I won't cover ground that other reviews ... Read full review

Good delivery, but off-message

User Review  - FranBrunson - Christianbook.com

I was intrigued by this author after seeing her on The View promoting this book. I must admit my first reaction was not positive because it almost seemed if she was trying to make Christian woman look ... Read full review

Contents

GentlenessGirl Gone Mild
1
DomesticityMartha Martha
21
ObedienceMy Husband My Master
47
ValorWill the Real Proverbs 31 Woman Please Stand up?
74
BeautyMy Breasts Are like Towers
99
ModestyHulaHooping with the Amish
120
PurityThe Worst Time of the Month to Go Camping
146
FertilityQuivers Full of Arrows and Sippy Cups
174
SubmissionA Disposition to Yield
201
JusticeEat More Guinea Pig
224
SilenceI Am Woman Hear Me No More
250
GraceDays of Awe
282
Acknowledgments
309
Notes
311
About the Author
321
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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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