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

Have you ever wondered what God truly expects of women? Is there really a prescription for biblical womanhood? Does the Bible's idea of womanhood have a place in modern Christianity? New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a year-long study of what it means to live by the standards of biblical womanhood.

Strong-willed and independent, 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 full year.

Along the way, Evans explores the rich heritage of scriptural heroines, models of grace, and all-around women of valor that we come to know in the Bible. She consults with women who practice these ancient biblical mandates in their own lives--from an Orthodox Jewish woman who changed the way Evans reads the Bible to an Amish community that taught her the true meaning of modesty.

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

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

Join Evans as she dives deep into the lives of the women we meet in Scripture and redefines what it means to live biblically.


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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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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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