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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (30 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553676
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Held Evans, an award-winning writer, is a popular blogger and the author of Faith Unraveled and the bestselling A Year of Biblical Womanhood. She lives in Dayton, TN.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2013
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The author decided to try and follow all the advice in the Bible which tells women how they should live and what sort of behaviour they should exhibit. She was brought up as a Christian and thought she was reasonably familiar with the Bible but realised during the year of her project that she actually didn't know it very well at all. How could the idea that women should always defer to the men in their lives fit in with the lives of liberated women in the twenty first century?

Each month has a theme and the author made a list at the start of the month of what things she would concentrate on. She wrote a blog about her day to day experience as well as this book. Both the author and her husband struggled with some aspects of the project such as the idea that she should do everything her husband told her to do and that she should address him as master. In fact calling him master didn't last very long because her husband didn't actually feel comfortable with it.

The author's experiences during the year included a retreat to a Benedictine monastery which forced her to be silent and brought her some surprising spiritual benefits; friendship with many interesting people; a visit to an Amish household; visits to many different churches as well as a trip to Bolivia with the charity World Vision. It also brought her some hostility and a certain amount of abuse from people who felt she wasn't taking the project seriously or that she was disrespecting the Bible.

What I found most interesting about this book was the light it throws on the many very brave female characters in the Bible and the way so many interpret the Bible to oppress women.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MikeF on 28 Mar. 2013
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A most striking, humorous and rigorous rebuttal of the theology of complementarianism - the doctrine that men and women have different but complementary roles in life, usually with the woman firmly subordinate to her man, and to men in general. Rachel Held Evans takes the complementarian concept of "Biblical womanhood" and undoes it by its own tenets: she simply looks to find what the Bible, Old as well as New Testament, appears literally to have commanded women to do, and does it, often with side-splitting results. Do read this, especially if you're a man like me - you will alternate between gales of laughter and tears of compunction, and you will not be quite the same person afterwards...
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I think I need some time to properly process my thoughts on this book, but ultimately, it's one of the best books I've read in recent years. This isn't a feminist rant attempting to destroy Christianity; it's an honest attempt by a Christian woman who wants to truly understand what God's intentions are for female believers. I cannot empathise how honest Rachel is about her flaws, failures, misconceptions and personal prejudices, not to mention her difficulties at carrying out certain aspects of her year of biblical womanhood. And despite these prejudices, she's surprisingly unbiased when interviewing or talking about women involved in more conservative or unusual Christian groups, such as polygamists or the patriarchy movement. I know there are those women who will never pick up this book because they think it will offend them, but as a woman who intends to be a housewife and stay-at-home mother for hopefully the rest of my life, I can confidently say that Rachel's writing both challenged my assumptions about what the Bible has to say to women and reaffirmed the way I'm living out my marriage and my life. It was also just a general encouragement to my faith and the way I read the Bible, so this isn't only a book for married women. Seriously, give this book a try. Rachel Held Evans might be a famous author and blogger, but she's a Christian woman, struggling to understand the Bible and apply it to her life, just like us. Definitely being awarded 5*.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jaki on 18 Jan. 2013
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I bought this book as a gift for a friend. She loved it! This book is the account of Rachel's decision to spend a year trying to live as a Biblical Women as portrayed in the Bible, especially in Proverbs 31. Her journey is one of highs, lows, laughter and tears as she struggles to become this most difficult ideal of a Biblical Woman. I have now read this book too and could hardly put it down. It certainly gave me a lot of food for thought, but also helped me as I have struggled in many of the ways that Rachel describes. Even my husband wanted to read this book, so I recommend that men read it too. I discovered much more about my husband's thinking and expectations of me, AND all other women!!!
I would recommend this book. You will laugh, cry and feel you know the author as a friend afterwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By luke3v17 on 23 Aug. 2013
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My wife and I work for an inter-denominational Bible translation organisation in Papua New Guinea. We both found this both to be an articulate, entertaining, and refreshing read. The author is not preachy and her writing style is humble and balanced. It is tragic that such inspired wisdom is so seldom heard in many Christian circles and is even sadder that 'Biblical' (but not Christlike) gender roles continue to be prosyletized in majority world contexts like the one we work in. If you are intelligent and find the person of Jesus to be attractive, then you will find this book very rewarding, particularly if you have found passages in the Bible that refer to women (or sermons on them!) confusing or troubling.

If you read this Rachel, we really appreciate your courage and commitment to keep talking and blogging about faith in such a transparent and contemporary way. My wife is newly pregnant and so if you ever become pregnant (and I'm not suggesting that you should or shouldn't), it would be great to see an additional chapter on a future re-release on that aspect of womanhood (though I'm not suggetsing that your perspective on womanhood is lacking in any way as it stands - just that we enjoy reading your perspective).
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