A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master

by Rachel Held Evans

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595553676
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 72,205
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans (1981–2019) is known for her books and articles about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Rachel has been featured in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, HuffPost, and the CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, BBC, Today, and The View. She served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and kept a busy schedule speaking at churches, conferences, and universities. Rachel’s messages continue to reverberate around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

October: Gentleness-Girl Gone Mild 1

November: Domesticity-Martha, Martha 21

December: Obedience-My Husband, My Master 47

January: Valor-Will the Real Proverbs 31 Woman Please Stand Up? 74

February: Beauty-My Breasts Are Like Towers 99

March: Modesty-Hula-Hooping with the Amish 120

April: Purity-The Worst Time of the Month to Go Camping 146

May: Fertility-Quivers Full of Arrows and Sippy Cups 174

June: Submission-A Disposition to Yield 201

July: Justice-Eat More Guinea Pig 224

August: Silence-I Am Woman, Hear Me No More 250

September: Grace-Days of Awe 282

Acknowledgments 309

Notes 311

About the Author 321

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