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A Year of Biblical Womanhood [group project]


So you may know that I’ve been reading a new book. It’s called A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master.” I’m honored to be part of an awesome launch team helping to raise awareness of the book and get other people excited about reading it. The launch team invitation came at just the right time for me and it has rekindled my love of reading … and writing in response.

Originally, I thought I would post a one-time review of the book here on Soul Munchies and be done with it. When I first received my copy of this book, I thought it would be a quick read. Something I could breeze through and stick back on my shelf until I either lent it out to someone or decided to read it for a second time.

But after some faithful reading, I decided that’s not enough. This book is so full of stuff that makes me think, that we’re going to dive in chapter by chapter, group blogging style. Here’s a sneak peak of the book itself:

What is “biblical womanhood” . . . really?

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.

Pursuing a different virtue each month, 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.

See what happens when a thoroughly modern woman starts referring to her husband as “master” and “praises him at the city gate” with a homemade sign. Learn the insights she receives from an ongoing correspondence with an Orthodox Jewish woman, and find out what she discovers from her exchanges with a polygamist wife. Join her as she wrestles with difficult passages of scripture that portray misogyny and violence against women.

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.

I’m so excited about the group of writers we have helping us out with this one. Our #BiblicalWomanhood team looks like this:

Beth Birkholz – Associate Pastor in metro-Atlanta Georgia and blogger at Chickpastor and Revs (@chickpastor and @revspodcast)
Melissa Hullinger
Jessica McCracken – minister, mother, and blogger at Jessica McCracken (@macrackalackin)
Amy Mitchell – homeschooling mom and blogger at Unchained Faith (@amyunchained)
Crystal Rowe – primary author here at Soul Munchies (@SoulMunchies)
David Rowe – my rock and partner in crime
Rachel Slough – teacher, mentor, questioner, blogger at Hosea 3:1 Effect
Megan Westra
Kelly Youngblood – blogger at Renewing Your Mind

We’ve already discovered this book is read best when read and discussed among people, so we encourage you to participate with us! We’ll launch the project later this week. In the meantime, here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Buy the Book. What’s a book project if you don’t have your own copy?
  2. Subscribe to updates. You’ll never miss a post this way!
  3. Tweet about it. Share the love – and expand the conversation! Follow @SoulMunchies, retweet our updates, and when you post your own, make sure to use the hashtag #BiblicalWomanhood!
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