30 October 2012

Read: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

A Year of Biblical WomanhoodA Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I've read Rachel Held Evans' blog for a couple years, ever since I read her first book Evolving in Monkeytown, but I haven't paid super close attention. I finally understand the "women of valor" series I kept seeing pop up but never took the time to read.

When the opportunity to pre-order her new book for less than $7 I didn't hesitate. Now several months later and I've got the book in my grubby little hands. The book is officially released today, but I've had it for about a week and finally finished it today (parenting books--and parenting itself--got in my way of devouring it more quickly).

I love the way Evans writes -- her conversational style about such a weighty topic of women's role in the church and home speaks to my heart. And this very issue is something that cuts deeply and has vexed me.

I'd like to think I could ask the questions Evans tackles in her yearlong project, but she asks questions that I would never have known to ask. I'm so glad that she already has explored the answers and put them together in such an easy-to-read book. I especially love her insight into the Proverbs 31 woman and her research into Judaism, its culture and traditions, and how that feeds into how we understand Christ.

This book may be further fueling a desire to continue investigating and praying about what it means to be a woman who follows Jesus. I also feel like buying this book as a gift for some of the women of valor in my life. I think you should take a look at it too.

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