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, 2012 - Religion - 321 pages

A strong Christian woman embarks on a radical life experiment-a year of biblical womanhood.

Strong and committed in her faith-but frustrated by the inconsistencies she saw in her evangelical culture's view of women-Rachel Held Evans became an independent woman. But, intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans had a crazy idea:What if I took "biblical womanhood" literally for a full year? In the next twelve months Rachel:

  • Wore a scarf over her head to pray
  • Called her husband "master" and stood on the roadside with a sign that said "Dan is Awesome"
  • Adopted a computerized baby
  • Perched on the roof for an afternoon of penance for gossiping
  • Camped out in her front yard during her period
  • Visited an Amish schoolhouse, a pig farm in Bolivia, and a Benedictine monastery
  • Took up baking and knitting
  • Interviewed a polygamist, a Quiverfull daughter, and a courtship couple

With just the right mixture of humor and insight, Evans takes readers along with her on a lively adventure. In the process she discovers that the journey itself leads her right to the heart of God.

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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

Which God are we talking about here?

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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


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 was born Rachel Grace Held in Alabama on June 8, 1981. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Bryan College in 2003. She started working for The Herald-News in 2004. In 2007, she won an award from the Tennessee Press Association for the best personal humor column. An Episcopalian, she left the evangelical church in 2014 to find what she considered a truer, more authentic Christianity. She wrote four books including Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions; A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master; and Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. She died from extensive brain swelling on May 4, 2019 at the age of 37.

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