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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'
Narrated by: Shannon McManus
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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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.

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.

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.

©2012 Rachel Held Evans (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Karen A. Wrobbel
  • 09-03-2013

Humorous yet thought-provoking book

What did you love best about A Year of Biblical Womanhood?

The author's humor, mixed with her own deep desire to understand what it means to be a biblical woman helped me think about this complex and often controversial issue.

What did you like best about this story?

The author made intentional decisions to explore various examples of women from the Bible, including sleeping in a tent in her yard during her period (seriously, read the book to see why) and visiting with Amish women.

Which scene was your favorite?

One of my favorite scenes is when she describes cooking a dinner, doing it entirely from scratch, trying to follow a perceived biblical ideal. She tries to do it entirely without her husband's assistance, but then is frustrating that he's not helping. It's a comical and realistic portrayal of the conversations that happen in many homes, mine included, whether or not we're trying to follow an ideal of biblical womanhood.

Any additional comments?

At the end, the author discusses the various positions that are held within Christian circles regarding the role of women, and identifies her own conclusions based on her experiences and study that was part of the book project. Overall, I would highly recommend the book for those who want to think about this issue in a light-hearted but challenging way.

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  • Reading Junky
  • 23-05-2019

Spectacular

How I wish I had read her works before she passed away. I also wish I could have heard something like this when I was a young woman and saved myself 40 plus years of angst! Fabulous insights!

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  • Meghan
  • 04-03-2013

LOVE Rachel!

What did you love best about A Year of Biblical Womanhood?

I love this book! I love the humor Rachel uses to describe her year. I love her voice that comes across! This book is a MUST for everyone- especially those who grew up in a staunch religious environment!

What about Shannon McManus’s performance did you like?

I have listened to Rachel's "Evolving in Monkeytown" read by herself and it was terrific and humorous! It didn't take long listening to Shannon's performance for me to forget that it wasn't Rachel herself reading. Shannon did an OUTSTANDING job! LOVED it!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • Julia J. Doyal
  • 26-05-2019

A beautiful voice for all those questioning their religion.

What an amazing writer. So much wisdom and knowledge wrapped up with social justice and the Bible. I loved every minute and now after listening to the book, want to read the book and check out every reference and highlight it and dog ear it. RIP RHE

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  • Joel
  • 07-02-2015

Not what I expected.

I am somewhat of a libertarian trending conservative guy and figured this was going to be a liberal bible mocking. very happy I listened. Great insight into a sincere exploration of bible texts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-2019

Just Beautiful!

I am so moved by this book, and I am so grateful to Rachel and her husband for doing this project. What a gift this has been for me.

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  • JaCee
  • 08-09-2019

eye opening

finished this in record time (for me). couldn't put it down. so many amazing truths told in a different light. so much influence from today's culture and social media in our lives, it's a wonder we live any of the bibles commands.

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  • Tessa M. Hall
  • 19-08-2019

Well thought out and researched

I enjoyed the humanity and research mixed together; she was not proselytizing just exploring her faith and helping us understand her journey. I think this lets women (and men) of any faith or spirituality have a discussion of what is God's will and what is our will dressed in biblical language.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2019

phenomenal book, couldn't stop listening

love her humor and in depth research along with references to biblical passages, very interesting to hear husbands experience throughout the journey

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  • Diana K. Hatfield
  • 08-05-2019

Pure Inspiration

I had never heard of Rachel Held Evan until I read of her untimely death this past week. Not sure why it seemed important that I read/listen to her writing but I am glad I have. I know she is celebrating with the Angels.

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  • SW73
  • 16-11-2019

Brilliant

I loved this book, easy to listen to, engaged with the difficult passages & exposed the selectivity (& more ) of some approaches to biblical womanhood with humour . I also loved the insight gained from her Jewish friend .

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  • Helen
  • 23-08-2019

Inspiring,

A book I’d been meaning to read/listen to for a while and I’m so glad I finally did! Rachel’s story is full of wisdom, character, humour, inspiration, honesty and truth. I’m now ready to reclaim the Proverbs 31 woman for today.

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  • T. J. White
  • 12-06-2019

some true unexpected insights

This is her first book and the last one I'll get to read for the first time. As always unexpected and thoughtful and written so simply it's beautiful. She will be so missed.