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"A Year Of Biblical Womanhood"
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What does the phrase “biblical womanhood” really mean? In A Year of Biblical Womanhood — How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head and Calling Her Husband Master, Rachel Held Evans, an independent and somewhat skeptical modern woman, embarked upon a radical year-long quest. Choosing a different virtue on which to focus each month, she tried to follow the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible. The experiment stretched her worldview — and sometimes her patience — as she tried to live out scripture by submitting to her husband and “praising him at the city gate,” covering her head when in prayer, caring for the poor, creatively observing Levitical purity codes and much more.

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.