31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A thought-provoking and wonderful read,
This review is from: A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master' (Paperback)
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
When I just started to read A Year of Biblical Womanhood, I discovered that it had been described as putting the Bible "on trial "in the court of Rachel Held Evans, where she would be the "prosecution, judge, and jury" who would have the "final word on womanhood."
I read and read and read, but I never got to that part. I guess my copy must have excluded it (the publisher send me an actual copy and not an "Advanced Review Copy", so maybe that had something to do with it).
Instead, what I found throughout the book was an exploration of what it means to be a "Biblical woman" by experiencing the various rules for women and looking at them from a variety of perspectives. Through her journey, Rachel Held Evans brought in advice and knowledge from Amish women, an Orthodox Jewish woman, 1950s women and Catholicism (that is just a sampling). She showed that there are many different Christian (and Jewish!) understandings of the Bible. She was able to show how although we may all look at things a bit differently, we still take seriously the question of what God wants from us. It is the kind of book that makes one wonder "how can, and should, I apply the Bible to my life?"
Throughout the book, I found myself laughing, crying, feeling serious, feeling contemplative, and I ended the book with a smile on my face. I could see the journey she had been on and could see how she had learned and grown in her faith. A Year of Biblical Womanhood is an easy and fast read, but a thought-provoking one.