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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' | [Rachel Held Evans]

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

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.
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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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    Karen A. Wrobbel Fox River Grove, IL United States 03-09-13
    Karen A. Wrobbel Fox River Grove, IL United States 03-09-13
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    "Humorous yet thought-provoking book"
    What did you love best about A Year of Biblical Womanhood?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan Queen Creek, AZ, United States 03-04-13
    Meghan Queen Creek, AZ, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVE Rachel!"
    What did you love best about A Year of Biblical Womanhood?

    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!


    What about Shannon McManus’s performance did you like?

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 02-19-14
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 02-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An interesting book"
    What did you love best about A Year of Biblical Womanhood?

    The concept of her going a whole year & focussing on the many points of biblical womanhood & experiencing them first hand in serious commitment, but also honest conclusions of the experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel was pretty much the only character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed her jewish corespondents input & the stories of the jewish customs that she decides to follow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It got a little tedious in some parts and it needs a little more focus to follow her at times. I'd recommend a few chapters at a time to be able to take it all in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charity Hurst, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Charity Hurst, TX, United States 01-07-13
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    Would you listen to A Year of Biblical Womanhood again? Why?

    I might get a written copy of it for all of the Biblical references.


    What does Shannon McManus bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does voices for the husband and Bible characters. Very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening when in the first several minutes of the book, the author states that she is an evangelical Christian even though she believes in evolution and votes for democrats. However, I decided to keep listening and I am glad I did. She uses tons of quotes and refences from the Bible. She is very real and down to earth. As a married woman in my twenties with no kids, I really related to her. It was encouraging and inspiring and made me want to be a better and more Biblical woman.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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