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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

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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Have you ever wondered what God truly expects of women? Is there really a prescription for biblical womanhood? Does the Bible's idea of womanhood have a place in modern Christianity? New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a year-long study of what it means to live by the standards of biblical womanhood.

Strong-willed and independent, 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 decided to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible's instructions for women as literally as possible for a full year.

Along the way, Evans explores the rich heritage of scriptural heroines, models of grace, and all-around women of valor that we come to know in the Bible. She consults with women who practice these ancient biblical mandates in their own lives—from an Orthodox Jewish woman who changed the way Evans reads the Bible to an Amish community that taught her the true meaning of modesty.

In A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Evans shares her courageous and often humorous journey of:

  • exploring what a "woman’s place" is according to the Scriptures
  • applying the Bible's teachings to day-to-day life, sometimes to literal extremes
  • focusing on virtues like domesticity, obedience, beauty, submission, and grace
  • developing a "Biblical Woman's Ten Commandments" to serve as a guide for daily living

Join Evans as she dives deep into the lives of the women we meet in Scripture and redefines what it means to live biblically.

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ISBN-13: 9781595553676
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/29/2012
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 130,132
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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