Recently, I finished reading Rachel Held Evans’ second book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself.
I did not read this book because I think there is any such ideal of Biblical Womanhood as these folks claim. What a crock!
I did not read this book (as others have done) seeking to criticize Rachel’s theology. Leave her alone, mean ones.
I did not read this book to be enlightened that Proverbs 31 should be read differently than the Christian bookstore trinkets want to make it to be. I am a female pastor after all.
I read it because it seemed like an important cultural text within the religious circles in which I travel.
And then Rachel was on The View last November, so how I could I not read it?
As I quickly turned its pages, I was delightful surprised at the reasons why I enjoyed it so much.
The sub-story of this memoir is Rachel’s willingness to get out of her comfort zone and try new things– again and again and again.
She cooked Martha Stewart meals. She learned to sew (sort of). She visited an Amish community in Pennsylvania. She wore a different style of clothes. She celebrated Jewish holidays with her family. She studied passages of scripture she’d never thought much about before. She traveled to new countries.
I resonated with this aspect of the book because it has become so easy as I’m firmly grounded in my 30th decade of life to already be stuck in a life ruts as far as my daily habits are concerned.
We cook similar meals every night.
Kevin and I participate in the same weekend entertainment activities.
We clean (or lack thereof) our house in the same way each month.
But, in reading Year of Biblical Womanhood, I was challenged to start shaking things up a bit.
Cooking with a new recipe instead of making dinner from a box.
Going to see a play or visiting an art museum instead of just going to see a movie.
Cleaning the kitchen sink with vigor not dread.
Thanks Rachel, for the many gifts you gave the world in The Year of Biblical Womanhood.
For me, it’s the gift of a gentle nudge to get off the couch and do something new!