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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,580 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel Held Evans Narrator: Shannon McManus Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/17/2014

    " I don't really know how to evaluate this book. In one sense, I enjoyed reading it, but in another is took a lot if work to get through it. I really liked the parts where the author talks about her year of embracing different tenets of biblical womanhood. I didn't really care for all the background and research she infused. It was non-ending and made it feel more like I was reading a college thesis than a book for enjoyment. It was just too much, and I think it took more away from her experiences than it added to it. Just ok overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lorna | 2/16/2014

    " Rating is closer to 3 3/4 stars. Enjoyed reading about how she wanted to live as Biblically a close to the Biblical woman as possible. Very interesting reading. As a woman, there were lots of things I agreed with and learned several new things along the way. Reading this has opened my eyes to new ways of thinking and I loved her profiles of the Biblical women. Will definitely read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Teri Lynne Underwood | 2/15/2014

    " Honest memoir by Rachel Held Evans. I appreciated her struggle to reconcile what she expected to find with what she did fine throughout this experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie Axelson | 2/8/2014

    " Another book I wanted to look at from an academic prospective. Rachel tries to live out Biblical womanhood as literally as possible for a year, each month focusing on a different characteristic. If you want to be amused and challenged at the same time, read Biblical Womanhood in its entirety. "

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