THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED: Congrats to April who was the winner!
I have to say, that I was really looking forward to reading Rachel Held Evans new book. Rachel is a thought leader who is stretching the discussions of our faith. I was particularly intrigued by what her perspective would be on the issue of biblical womanhood. That’s a can that very few are brave enough to open. Rachel does so with a great deal of wit, humor, a splash of sass and yet a deep desire to challenge us to rethink some of the perspectives that have been passed down through our religious traditions.
I can’t aptly describe the anecdotes that made me laugh out loud or or exclaim, “Oh my, I can’t believe she did that!” You’ll have to read it to enjoy those things. But here are a few quotes from the book that resonated with me:
“We cause serious collateral damage to the advancement of our sex each time we perpetuate the stereotype that women can’t get along.”
“But in our efforts to celebrate and affirm God’s presence in the home, we should be wary of elevating the vocation of homemaking above all others by insinuating that for women, God’s presence is somehow restricted to that sphere. Peace and joy belong not to the woman who finds the right vocation, but to the woman who finds God in any vocation, who looks for the divine around every corner.”
“One need not be a saint, or even a mother, to become a bearer of God. One needs only to obey. The divine resides in all of us, but it is our choice to magnify it or diminish it, to ignore it or to surrender to its lead.”
“That Christ ushered in this new era of life and liberation in the presence of women, and that he sent them out as the first witnesses of the complete gospel story, is perhaps the boldest, most overt affirmation of their equality in his kingdom that Jesus ever delivered.” (referring to Mary Magdalene being the first to see Jesus after his resurrection)
“The Bible does not present us with a single model of biblical womanhood, and the notion that it contains a sort of one-size-fits-all formula for how to be a woman of faith is a myth.”
I’m admit, this subject makes me sweat a bit. The confusion and inconsistency in interpretation of the scripture as it relates to women has been an exhausting topic of conversation for me. I appreciate Rachel’s willingness to run right into the fray and provide some perspective for new thought and conversation.
What is the most confusing part of scripture as it relates to women that you wrestle with?
I have a copy of A Year of Biblical Womanhood to give away. I’ll randomly select a winner from the comments on Monday 11/12.