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, Oct 29, 2012 - Religion - 352 pages

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.

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 decided 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 learned the hard way that her quest for biblical womanhood required more than a “gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4). It meant 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.

In A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Rachel Held Evans shares her courageous and often humorous journey:

  • exploring what is a “woman’s place.”
  • applying the Bible’s teachings to day-to-day life, sometimes to literal extremes,
  • focusing on virtues like domesticity, obedience, beauty, submission, and grace, and
  • developing a “Biblical Woman’s Ten Commandments” to serve as a guide for daily living.

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Good delivery, but off-message

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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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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans (1981–2019) is known for her books and articles about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Rachel has been featured in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, HuffPost, and the CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, BBC, Today, and The View. She served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and kept a busy schedule speaking at churches, conferences, and universities. Rachel’s messages continue to reverberate around the world.

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