A Year of Biblical Womanhood

A Year of Biblical Womanhood

How A Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "master"

Book - 2012
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New York Times Bestseller. 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.

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.

Publisher: Nashville : Thomas Nelson, c2012.
ISBN: 9781595553676
Characteristics: xxvi, 321 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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ArapahoeStaff20 Jul 13, 2017

Rachel Evans memoir gave me a fresh perspective on my own journey toward Christ. She manages to bring humor to a subject that can divide nations and families.

KRadhuber Dec 10, 2014

Very nicely written. With a touch of humour, the book doesn't stray into the overly preachy type of book. It has facts and opinions, and a very interesting take on how a year of being a biblical woman is. I was moved by a few chapters, and it made me question and think. Which is very nice and refreshing. Very nice book. Don't read unless you are Christian, or at least open to religion and this experiment. I liked it. But it may not be for everyone.

Jun 14, 2013

I enjoyed this book - quite amusing at times. I learned all sorts of things about women from the Bible - some were women I had barely heard of despite a lot of Bible study in my formative years. It was well researched, & I found it interesting to learn how different faiths interpret the various biblical instructions to women.

Jan 04, 2013

Funny, insightful, inspiring and very well written. A great read regardless of the reader's gender that will both challenge your preconceptions and confirm your humanity.

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