Evans visited Amish country in Pennsylvania, a Benedictine monastery in Alabama and poor rural villages in Bolivia, interviewing women with lifestyles very different from her own. And she found herself caring for a computerized “Baby-Think-It-Over” doll, watching her hair grow wild without the tiniest trim, wrestling with troubling passages of Scripture, perching on her rooftop to do penance and sitting silently among Quakers.
Punctuated with humor, warmth and commentary from her supportive husband, the book invites readers to find their own answers regarding what it means to live according to the Bible’s teachings. According to Evans, “My purpose in embarking on this project is not to belittle or make fun of the Bible, nor is it to glorify its patriarchal elements. It is simply to start a conversation about how we interpret and apply the Bible to our lives.” A Year of Biblical Womanhood releases on October 30; for more information, visit rachelheldevans.com.