• A Year of Biblical Womanhood

  • How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master'
  • By: Rachel Held Evans
  • Narrated by: Amanda Opelt, Daniel Evans
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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A Year of Biblical Womanhood

By: Rachel Held Evans
Narrated by: Amanda Opelt,Daniel Evans
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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 decided 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 learned the hard way that her quest for biblical womanhood required more than a "gentle and quiet spirit" (1 Peter 3:4). It meant 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.

In A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Rachel Held Evans shares her courageous and often humorous journey:

  • Exploring what is a "woman’s place",
  • Applying the Bible’s teachings to day-to-day life, sometimes to literal extremes,
  • Focusing on virtues like domesticity, obedience, beauty, submission, and grace, and
  • Developing a "Biblical Woman’s Ten Commandments" to serve as a guide for daily living.
©2012 Rachel Held Evans (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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interesting experiment but I was so confused. Between the journal readings and critiques of the journals and some literature about the topic..i didn't know where the author was trying to land. I didn't know what the take away was supposed to be and often paused to try to figure it out. I may have also been distracted by the sparky, cynical tone. its ok to be cynical and it seems thats her personality but it was very distracting for me as it framed my expectations of the final message leaving me in a constant negative attitude. yeah wanted to get much more from it than I did.

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Inspired and inspirational

This has been one of my favorite reads for almost a decade, and I continue to return to it often. A balanced view of looking at womanhood through the eyes of the Old and New Testaments.
Rachel is certainly missed with her wit and wisdom and I often pray for Dan and the kids when thinking of this work.

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Finished Listening To It In 1 Week with 1 Earbud!

I highly recommend "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" by Rachel Held Evans for anyone who is deconstructing and struggling with serious questions about their Christian Faith. Beware, it is definitely a challenging book! But I still recommend it for those who are seeking Truth. Rachel shares her year-long story of trying her very best to live according to "Biblical Womanhood". It made me laugh, it made me gasp, it made me curious, it made me furious, it made me cry... and it ultimately made me love Jesus even more. I listened to it on Audible with 1 earbud in and finished it in 1 week it was that interesting to me!

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Engaging and Well-written

This book is engaging and well-written, providing great content for conversation. I highly recommend.

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Loved it as usual

I love Rachel's prospective, and this book brings you on her journey with her. Amanda is a great reader of her work. I get the feeling of Rachel when I hear her narrate. God bless you Rachel. Will you be my angel? :)

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Wonderful book

This book in combination with “the making of biblical womanhood” and “the great sex rescue” has said what I have felt for so long. I’ve always felt the pain of trying to force myself into a warped Christian cookie cutter for women that I was never meant to fill. I can finally stop fighting myself and be free, free to be a better wife and mother. I strongly recommend this book for those trying to heal from conservative evangelicals and find what the Bible really says.

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Wonderful read

This book was everything and more! So thought provoking, so heart stirring and so biblical! 💕

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A sincere experience

This story was funny, educational, and inspiring. I feel compelled to find my own experience.

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  • Andrew Bisset
  • 08-16-20

Brilliant, we will miss Rachel's wise teachings

Kept me listing the whole way through only breaking because it was way passed when I normally go to bed and I needed to sleep.

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  • wpm
  • 10-02-22

A beautiful journey

A profound, funny and moving account of the author’s exploration of ‘Biblical womanhood’. As an Anglican, whose experience of church is far more based on liturgy, ritual and the rhythms of the church year than Rachel’s tradition of US Evangelicalism, I was intrigued and fascinated by this look into a very different religious culture. I am familiar with some of the beliefs she talks about through my interest in US Christian fundamentalism, and Rachel does a wonderful job of exploring the rigid, narrow attitudes that attempt even now to keep women in the home, out of the workplace, silent in church, and erased from the Bible itself. She is a beautiful writer and a generous, expansive thinker. Her knowledge of the Bible is deep, and both intellectual and poetic.

The cultural differences Rachel explores in this book were made even more interesting to me because she herself is steeped in a Bible-believing church culture that is both compelling and horrifying. Throughout her writing, her intellectual and spiritual honesty shines as she tries with an open heart and mind to follow the challenge she has set herself.

Even if you are quite knowledgable about the Bible, there is a lot to learn from this book, but more than that, it is a true spiritual journey. It is of course made much more poignant by knowledge of Rachel’s tragically premature death and the cutting short of her life when she had so much to give.

The narration, by Rachel’s sister and husband, is excellent. I am fussy about narration and Amanda Opelt’s is some of the best I have heard. It’s emotional in places, as it should be.

Overall this is a wonderful book. Rachel Held Evans was a woman of valor indeed.

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  • Christine
  • 03-25-22

A gift to all!

I loved every moment of this book and see myself rereading it over and over.

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  • A R Salmon
  • 02-27-22

Inspirational

What an amazing woman of God was Rachel Held Evans. This book was my first introduction to her works and prompted me to buy them all. Her reasoned, thoughtful, thorough and honest approach has made me recommend her to fellow believers who sometimes don't know if they are doing Christianity 'properly'. Rachel - Eshet Chayil!

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  • Robert de Castel
  • 04-10-21

Good Listen

An interesting way to re-examine what we think we know about the Bible. This is a fascinating and sometimes funny project