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Inspiring Woman Spends a Year Living Biblically!

Girls, could you spend a year living by the Bible’s rules for women? That’s what writer Rachel Held Evans did for an entire year–including everything from calling her husband “master” to not cutting her hair. Yikes!

Evans is releasing a book about her experience, called A Year of Biblical Womanhood, at the end of the month.

How did Evans come up with the idea to spend a year living Biblically? According to Shine from Yahoo!, it developed out of her Christian background:

Evans was raised an Evangelical Christian and says within that community there is a lot of pressure for women to live according to the Bible. However, the way she sees it, many of the rules that are espoused by church leaders or in articles are ‘bullet points’ that force women to be submissive. ‘The term ‘Biblical womanhood’ is basically a reaction to feminism,’ explains Evans. ‘It means a woman who stays home and submits to her husband. It’s a remembrance of June Cleaver—not what we see when we actually read scripture.’

To read the rest of this story, click here.

What do you think about this story? Would you ever try living according to the Bible’s rules for women?

Image: Rachel Held Evans

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19 Comments

  1. leftbehindthekidsfan

    Posted by leftbehindthekidsfan on May 9, 2013 at 07:51

    Just finished this book, a must-read! I was inspired to be more of a “biblical woman.” It can be done in the modern world! Many of you are saying she misinterpreted the Bible, trust me, she didn’t! You would be surprised. I completely suggest this book!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Bmackie on March 18, 2013 at 02:05

    No. Just no.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by lotroxs on November 12, 2012 at 05:56

    Ok, that is just weird. Way too extreme and kind of scary. I also feel like she misinterpreted passages in the Bible, based on what I read. I would never do this. And why do I need to go to this extreme to live by the Bible’s rules. I can do that as I am in the 21st century.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Iamawesome on November 2, 2012 at 12:41

    Me try that?! Not on your life!

  5. Paris

    Posted by Paris on October 23, 2012 at 23:14

    Wow,she is a really faithful in strong woman. I really have to work on my faith in order to do this.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by emily1995 on October 23, 2012 at 12:55

    That is amazing! I think for me it would be really hard to do. The only way i could do that is by believing in God and asking for his help. I think it would be an amazing experience. It was very interesting to read about. I will definatley get her book.

  7. Nellie

    Posted by Nellie on October 22, 2012 at 20:49

    I think the idea is awesome. I do however think she did take it to the extreme, which may have been the point; to learn more about what it was like for women in the Bible… But some laws in the old testament don’t apply anymore, or are just no longer necessary… I think that it could be misinterpreted by non believers because of the extremity of it. Other than that i think this is pretty neat!!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by GodGirl101 on October 22, 2012 at 18:40

    I think that when live as a biblical women, it simply means to follow Gods will for us. We can show Jesus glory to the world by simply practicing love, joy, and patience. A great passage about living a Christian life is Galatians 5:22-23 which states- “The fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control besides these things there is no law.” we are to live with these fruit in our souls 🙂

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on October 22, 2012 at 18:20

    Its um… nice that she chose to be modest but in truth this story scares me. I do think we should be respectful of our husbands just as they should be respectful to us.

  10. Soccerchick123

    Posted by Soccerchick123 on October 22, 2012 at 16:28

    I agree with being submissive to your husband, but calling him “master”? That’s kinda different…but I think that was really cool and a very interesting way for her to live for God! I don’t think I would’ve been able to do all of that for a year.

  11. Dee

    Posted by Dee on October 22, 2012 at 16:17

    A few of the things I think she misunderstood. Caling her husband “master” is alright, but that’s the letter of what was said, not the heart of it. In the Bible it says that Sarah called Abraham her “master” which I took to mean that she completely submitted to his authority, though at the time, she MAY have called him master out of respect. The Bible doesn’t say that a woman should call her husband master, but that we should follow in the way of Sarah, which is complete submission. Praising her husband at the city gates, I don’t understand, or remember reading, the most similar thing I read was in Proverbs 31, where it says that her husband is respected at the city gates, where he sits. I don’t think that has to do so much with her praising him at the gates as it does with the fact that her husband is well dressed and well fed, both of which are signs of prosperity.
    But, otherwise, I kind of like this. If doing everything EXACTLY as the scriptures word it helps her to explore what it means to be a Christian woman, then I say good for her.

  12. Loving.Lexie

    Posted by Loving.Lexie on October 22, 2012 at 14:43

    There is no way I could do that.
    I like my long hair, yes. Sewing my own clothes? Would be cool, but so expensive. I like skirts, but honestly they limit me. I like stylish clothes that flatter me…so no thank you. I mean, sure…good for her. But it’s the 21st century. We have changes for a reason.

  13. designerlemonade

    Posted by designerlemonade on October 22, 2012 at 13:58

    I would love to try the Jar of Contention, though I can’t get to the roof of my house. I think this is really amazing! ~designerlemonade

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by BreJoy123 on October 22, 2012 at 13:26

    The first 11 years of my life my family and church was where women wore skirts, no jewelry, I wasn’t allowed to cut my hair , I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup and definitely no short sleeves…Honestly it sucked, I remember being the only one who wasn’t allowed to wear jeans..I think it may be cool for a little while but it was nice when my parents let me trim my hair and be able to wear shorts for the first time ever! Imagine never wearing shorts until you were 14-15 ( I’m 15 now) Its definitely different .. haha just wanted to share

  15. cr4zymodesty

    Posted by cr4zymodesty on October 22, 2012 at 12:15

    I think what she did is cool but I wouldn’t go to that extreme. I would take the Biblical Womanhood principal and apply it to modern life. Since we don’t live in bible times anymore, some of these things seem kinda silly. Like calling her husband “master”. It reminds me of the house elf Dobby from Harry Potter. Submitting to your husband is a biblical command but calling him “master” would be kinda weird.

  16. leftbehindthekidsfan

    Posted by leftbehindthekidsfan on October 22, 2012 at 11:52

    I think it would be neat to try! The Bible says to honor our husbands. Of course there’s the argument of “that’s just the culture back then.” I’m definately going to do some research on this though :). Although, Matthew 22:34-40 says that those laws remain no longer. I have chosen to wear modest skirts and shirt necklines. The skirts are because of Deuteronomy 22:5. And the modest necklines is because of 1 Timothy 2:9-10.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Amchristy on November 16, 2012 at 15:43

      The hair is from Corinthians 11:15. I wear long skirts, modest shirts, and I’ve never cut my hair.

  17. his98child

    Posted by his98child on October 22, 2012 at 11:50

    That is a really cool and interesting experience, but I believe we shouldn’t take everything literally–sometimes the things God writes in His Word are to make a point metaphorically, not exactly the way we think. Otherwise, I admire her devotion and ambition to live according to God!

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by melissa6395 on October 22, 2012 at 11:43

    Wow! Did you read all the captions under all of the pictures?!?! That’s awesome!!! I think it would really cool if girls today could last just a week doing something like this.