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A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master' Paperback – October 29, 2012
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|Inspired||Searching for Sunday||A Year of Biblical Womanhood||Faith Unraveled|
|Rachel's complete collection:||Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Rachel examines Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay.||A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.||Rachel decided to follow the Bible’s instructions for women literally. With just the right mixture of humor, insight, and incredulity, this book asks: What does God truly expect of women, and is there really a method for biblical womanhood?||Using her own spiritual journey from certainty to doubt to faith as an illustration, Rachel challenges you to disentangle your faith from false fundamentals and to trust in a God who is big enough to handle your tough questions.|
"A Year of Biblical Womanhood will instruct as it delights, and delight as it instructs. Of course it's about womanhood, an incredibly important subject for 100% of the population. But it's about a lot more too - how we read and interpret the Bible, for starters, and how we - both men and women - grapple with issues like justice, charity, silence, and grace in today's frenetic world. On top of that, Rachel is such a gifted writer ... you'll be warmed by her good sense, good humor, and keen eye for beauty and insight on every page." -Brian D. McLaren
"Rachel Held Evans is my kind of woman, Christian, and writer. She cares too much about the Bible to read what it says without wrestling with what it means. Rachel's new book is full of humor, humility, and truth." -Glennon Doyle Melton
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- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (October 29, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1595553673
- ISBN-13 : 978-1595553676
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I avoided this book for a long time because I felt like the purpose of the book was to mock scripture, and this was unfair of me. In her over-the-top way, she simply explores the selective way that complementarian Christians apply scripture.
My favorite part of the book is her commentary on Proverbs 31. I love her explanation here. She explains that the purpose of this poem is to praise women for all the things they do, NOT to explain to women all the things they should be doing.
I feel that the book is lacking in some areas. In some cases, I felt that there was too much story and too little theology. Some might prefer it that way; it's a definite personal preference. My bigger issue was that although she interviewed women living different kinds of "biblical womanhood" including Amish, quiverfull, and polygamy, I was not satisfied with these discussions. They were far too brief and did not truly tell me anything new about what these women believe or why they live the way they do. These parts are fairly shallow and I was wanting far more depth. I was disappointed each time when I realized that was all she had to say on that subject.
I definitely feel the book is worth reading, but it should be understood that the book is more about questioning and telling a story than about diving deep into the scriptures.
I may not recommend this book to all my Christian friends because it is controversial and thought-provoking. Not everyone is there yet. But to totally annihilate any good that may come from this is completely wrong.
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Each month has a theme and the author made a list at the start of the month of what things she would concentrate on. She wrote a blog about her day to day experience as well as this book. Both the author and her husband struggled with some aspects of the project such as the idea that she should do everything her husband told her to do and that she should address him as master. In fact calling him master didn't last very long because her husband didn't actually feel comfortable with it.
The author's experiences during the year included a retreat to a Benedictine monastery which forced her to be silent and brought her some surprising spiritual benefits; friendship with many interesting people; a visit to an Amish household; visits to many different churches as well as a trip to Bolivia with the charity World Vision. It also brought her some hostility and a certain amount of abuse from people who felt she wasn't taking the project seriously or that she was disrespecting the Bible.
What I found most interesting about this book was the light it throws on the many very brave female characters in the Bible and the way so many interpret the Bible to oppress women. As the author says the Bible is a collection of stories, pieces of advice, fragments of correspondence and prophecies many of which are totally contradictory. Whatever your point of view on any subject you can find a text in the Bible to support it.
There are groups in America which seek to try and recreate the traditional Biblical roles of men and women in the twenty first century but should they follow the Old Testament or the New? Should they confine their definition of a woman's role to Proverbs 31 which has to be the prototype for Superwoman? What surprised me about Proverbs 31 was that it advocated women earning money from their own efforts whereas I have always had the impression that traditionalists seek to keep women confined to the home and wholly dependent financially on the men in their lives.
This is a truly fascinating read - whether or not you have religious beliefs or are an atheist. I liked the way the author writes and found her a likeable character. I felt she was a bit over dramatic when it came to battling with such things as sewing and cooking but it is easy for me to say that because I can do both! Much of the advice given in the Bible about women could apply to either men or women so it would be interesting to read a similar project undertaken by a man - just found out that someone already has The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
However, it's not a heavy book. It's entertaining and funny. It left me feeling affirmed as a woman, and inspired to change some of the things that I do, but at the same time to be more myself. Thank you Rachel!
This book was very easy to read yet challenging and thought provoking. I will now read everything else Rachel has ever written as I find so much of her thoughts resonate with my own.