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.
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.
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.
©2012 Rachel Held Evans (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Humorous yet thought-provoking book"
The author's humor, mixed with her own deep desire to understand what it means to be a biblical woman helped me think about this complex and often controversial issue.
The author made intentional decisions to explore various examples of women from the Bible, including sleeping in a tent in her yard during her period (seriously, read the book to see why) and visiting with Amish women.
One of my favorite scenes is when she describes cooking a dinner, doing it entirely from scratch, trying to follow a perceived biblical ideal. She tries to do it entirely without her husband's assistance, but then is frustrating that he's not helping. It's a comical and realistic portrayal of the conversations that happen in many homes, mine included, whether or not we're trying to follow an ideal of biblical womanhood.
At the end, the author discusses the various positions that are held within Christian circles regarding the role of women, and identifies her own conclusions based on her experiences and study that was part of the book project. Overall, I would highly recommend the book for those who want to think about this issue in a light-hearted but challenging way.
I love this book! I love the humor Rachel uses to describe her year. I love her voice that comes across! This book is a MUST for everyone- especially those who grew up in a staunch religious environment!
I have listened to Rachel's "Evolving in Monkeytown" read by herself and it was terrific and humorous! It didn't take long listening to Shannon's performance for me to forget that it wasn't Rachel herself reading. Shannon did an OUTSTANDING job! LOVED it!
"Not what I expected."
I am somewhat of a libertarian trending conservative guy and figured this was going to be a liberal bible mocking. very happy I listened. Great insight into a sincere exploration of bible texts.
word use is incredible. funny story. great tone so it isn't boring to listen to. way to go competing a year. helps me want to be a woman of valor!
"Refreshing, Challenging, and Surprising"
What a refreshing, honest look at what the Bible says about women and what cultures that strive to adhere to the Bible say, which may or may not always be the same thing. This book will be surprising and challenging no matter what biblical interpretation you're coming from. Rachel is among the brave women willing to face the hard things in Scripture head-on, whether comfortable or uncomfortable, and evaluate what it really means for us. Thank you for this, Rachel. Eshet Chayil!
loved this Title. I was skeptical at first wondering what direction it's content would go but I truly loved it. I want to buy a physical copy of the book to have to reference more easily. I think I will be back to go through it again rather soon.
"Insightful and Well-researched but Sensitive"
This book gave words to a lot of things I have struggled with in the bible's treatment of women, and the church's interpretation of that. Rachel's viewpoint is obviously that of a strong woman and a feminist, but she also gives a honest and sensitive account of the ways a lot of different traditions interpret the role of women in society.
Funny and relatable but still intellectual. Such a good read!
"Thought provoking and entertaining all at the same time"
Rachel Held Evans is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. In her transparent and often comical ways, she invites us to join her in her journey to better understand what is behind the oft-used phrase "Biblical womanhood." Whether you're conservative, liberal, or hard to label her journey will challenge your assumptions and beliefs and invite you into a more authentic relationship with the God who made them male and female.
This was a life changing study in how to interpret scripture within its cultural context, told with respect to both conservative evangelical believers and more moderate believers. I wish I had had the knowledge and courage demonstrated by this author when I was "fired" as a Sunday School teacher because some men began coming to my class!
"Great Story Almost Lost in Narration"
A surprising look at modern feminism in Christianity. RHE takes an honest look at her faith and how it impacts her everyday life by turning her everyday life upside down. She studies the text by looking at the language and historical context of the original biblical text, pop culture's interpretation of the same passages, and seeking other modern perspectives. What could have been a self centered blog hook becomes a new paradigm for how to act out her faith and calling even in the minutia of her life.
The narrator's voice can drone a bit, and many of the voices she gives to the dialogue are variations on a soft, Southern accent. The audio's chapter breakdown doesn't make a ton of sense, and I think it differs from the book's.
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