A Year Of Biblical Womanhood: How A Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting On Her Roof, Covering Her Head, And Calling Her Husband by Rachel Held EvansA Year Of Biblical Womanhood: How A Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting On Her Roof, Covering Her Head, And Calling Her Husband by Rachel Held Evans

A Year Of Biblical Womanhood: How A Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting On Her Roof, Covering Her…

byRachel Held Evans

Paperback | October 29, 2012

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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. 

Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Rachel has been featured in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, the Huffington Post, and the CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, BBC, Today, and The View. She served on President Obama’s Advisory Counci...
Title:A Year Of Biblical Womanhood: How A Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting On Her Roof, Covering Her…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:8.38 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:October 29, 2012Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I thouroughly enjoyed reading this book. I like how Rachel Held Evans looks at different traditions throughout her year of biblical womanhood. Without giving too much away, there’s a part where she says, “when you (her and her husband) share a common goal of avoiding the nine-to-five lifestyle in order to make a living as creatives, you don’t care who brings home the bacon so long as it’s enough to pay the Internet bill,” (p. 204, brackets mine). I’d quote more of what she said, but it’s a bit long for a review. What speaks to me about it, is her and her husband are not trying to force themselves into predesigned roles. People are not all the same. I don’t think it’s fair to us, or to God, to say something like: you must act this way if you are a man, and this way if you are a woman, and if you don’t, you are not living the way God wants you to live. This is review, so I won’t say much more, but I would recommend this book if you are curious at all as to how to live as husband and wife, or just curious about what the Bible actually says about gender roles. There isn’t a lot of theological study in the book (though there is some). It’s more of a practical application. Also, I really like the way her husband supports her theoughout the year. It’s very sweet.
Date published: 2019-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Funny, interesting, provocative. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was remarkably funny, intelligent and says what all closeted Christian feminists have been dying to scream for years. The light hearted nature provides a fair and respectful perspective on women's roles and the concept of biblical womanhood. It's one failing for me was it wasn't in depth enough.
Date published: 2014-01-23