How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master"
On Sale: October 30, 2012
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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.
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.
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