- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595553673
- ISBN-13: 978-1595553676
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 691 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"A bitter-sweet cocktail of wisdom and absurdity that will charm you, entertain you, seduce you and, finally, instruct you! A Year of Biblical Womanhood is funny, droll, charming, and deadly serious, all in one set of covers." -Phyllis Tickle
"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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Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times bestselling author who has been featured by many national media outlets including NPR, Slate, BBC, The Washington Post, NBC's Today show, People, and The Atlantic. Find out more at rachelheldevans.com
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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 felt especially drawn closer by the chapter of the veneration of motherhood as the goal and role of the Christian Proverbs 31 woman. My illnesses have taken that ability away from me--unable to conceive, too sick to adopt. Rachel's study, words, and bright, feisty spirit showed me that I am no less for that, but that childless women played pivotal roles in God's plan and Jesus' ministry!
Should Team Dan and Rachel welcome a newcomer to break bread, I shall come bearing my own gifts: knitting needles and stories of growing up in a tiny Southern Episcopal church.
This is how you should feel after reading a book, as if you are a better person for it!