A Year of Biblical Womanhood
How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master"
Rachel Held Evans
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New York Times Bestseller
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.
One of my favorite books of all time
I love this book. I've read it a few times now. I love the author's honesty and frankness. Reading this book was like getting lost in conversation with a friend.
Soul-stirring and life changing
I've completed a seminary degree, and I was born and raised in the conservative, evangelical church. Yet, this book finally puts to print the provocative context of women in the Bible. Rachel Held Evans' research is pristine, her scholarship is extraordinary, and her ability to organize and articulate her findings are brilliant. Thought provoking, thoroughly researched, and beautifully written, this is the book I will be giving my daughter to better understand God's heart for women throughout the Bible. Evans has written the book that I only dreamed I could have assembled when I began seminary so many years ago.