I have longed for thy salvation, O L-RD; and thy Torah is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalm 119:174-176

21 October 2012

Author Highlight - Rachel Held Evans - sidebar from The Girl Effect

My copy of A Year of Biblical Womanhood
Photo by J.Stahl

I want to introduce you to Rachel Held Evans today... She is a wonderful Christian, Wife, blogger, author, and an all around really cool lady. 

In just a few days, booksellers will be releasing her new book: A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master".

Below is her FAQ on why she wrote the book.

"A Year of Biblical Womanhood" - Frequently Asked Questions
Already,  she's been interviewed multiple times, and she has a scandalous controversy about her book..

She's one of the rare prominent evangelical women who isn't primarily interested in parenthood; her blog takes on thorny theological questions, gender issues, and the future of the church. 
Ruth Graham, Slate, A Year of Biblical Womanhood
Though Evans makes many conservatives unhappy when she writes things like “I learned to be a feminist from Jesus,” or when she challenges popular church leaders and theologians, she considers herself a member of the group... and is an increasingly prominent voice in the evangelical community. 
...In October, Christianity Today named her one of its “50 Women to Watch,” ...

Ruth Graham, Slate, Her Year of Living Biblically
The basic premise of the book is simple, and its language is "super-PG" Evans told Slate, with no bad words and none of the mildly feminist thinking that has got her into some squabbles in the past. Evans' references of the currently infamous v-word are twofold: firstly in the description of a woman raped in the Congo, and second in a description of a teenaged Evans signing an abstinence pledge card as a promise "to God and my vagina." 
, The Huffington Post, Rachel Held Evans, Evangelical Author, Uses The Word Vagina, Has Book Passed Over By Largest Christian Chain
A HA! It's her pesky drive to broaden the definition of evangelical to include people who think it's okay to question their faith and accept believers who are different than they are — you know, the things that would ultimately help the religion grow and thrive, rather than wither and die, or become such a hostile place that only followers without critical thinking skills could survive.
Laura Beck, Jezebel, Christian Bookstores Refuse to Sell Lady Bible Book Because of ‘Vagina’

Some observers predicted it would only be a matter of time before proponents of biblical patriarchy anxious about the potential influence of A Year of Biblical Womanhood would attempt to discredit the author.
Bob Allen,
ABP News, ‘Complementarians’ pan womanhood book
'Writers adjust our content to fit this very sanitized, very strict conservative mold, which means we’re not producing the best writing or the best books we can produce. 'Everyone bends over backward to meet these demands.'
Rachel Held Evans,
Make your own clothes, don't touch your husband and sleep outside: How one woman spent a year living according to the Bible, The Daily Mail (UK)
"...I struggle to find my place in the Church, a place where I fit. Part of this is just a consequence of living in a small rural town where there aren’t many options.  Part of it is my own selfishness and pride in seeking out a church that “meets” my own needs. And part of it is systemic problems within a lot of church cultures that restrict opportunities for women, excludes certain groups of people, and creates a fearful atmosphere that isn’t friendly to folks like me who ask questions and occasionally doubt."
Rachel Held Evans, Gypsy Ink, “the job of every writer,” an interview with rachel held evans
"What is perhaps most frustrating about engaging in such conversations within the evangelical community in particular, however, is that differences regarding things... often disintegrate into harsh accusations in which we question one another’s commitment to Scripture.  In some cases, folks are so committed to their particular views on these issues they seem incapable of making a distinction between the Bible itself and their interpretation of it, and so any critique of that interpretation is seen as a critique of Scripture itself!  And so we miss one another entirely. Instead of a lively, impassioned debate about the text, we engage in lively, impassioned debates about one another’s commitment to the faith." Rachel Held Evans, When our interpretations differ…

Rachel, if I could give you a hug - Girl, you'd have one of the most massive hugs ever... and I don't often "do" hugs. I am looking forward to the release of your book. It looks like an awesome read!!

Keep pushing for change pretty lady!

1 comment:

  1. Interview from The Today Show: