A strong Christian woman embarks on a radical life experiment—a year of biblical womanhood.
Strong and committed in her faith—but frustrated by the inconsistencies she saw in her evangelical culture’s view of women—Rachel Held Evans became an independent woman. But, intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans had a crazy idea:What if I took “biblical womanhood” literally for a full year? In the next twelve months Rachel:
Wore a scarf over her head to pray
Called her husband “master” and stood on the roadside with a sign that said “Dan is Awesome”
Adopted a computerized baby
Perched on the roof for an afternoon of penance for gossiping
Camped out in her front yard during her period
Visited an Amish schoolhouse, a pig farm in Bolivia, and a Benedictine monastery
Took up baking and knitting
Interviewed a polygamist, a Quiverfull daughter, and a courtship couple
With just the right mixture of humor and insight, Evans takes readers along with her on a lively adventure. In the process she discovers that the journey itself leads her right to the heart of God.
This is the story of a most amazing experiment and experience. Thought-provoking (and weird in places), this is a most interesting account of a year in the life of a truly independent woman.
It challenges you to consider the benefits and disadvantages of literal understanding. It makes you wonder how far someone might go in order to delve into the depths of the bible. It teaches you about other cultures and ways of doing things.
I recommend this book to anyone who wonders what a woman's role in life should be, and Christian women in general.
Action Reader's Action: Campaign for women's rights either locally or in other countries.
What do you consider a woman's role to be?