A Year of Biblical Womanhood (#29/50)

I’ve been so fortunate to have experienced mostly female preachers and pastors in my life’s churches. Lisa, Jonna, Heather, Carol, Darcy, and several others whose names I can’t now recall. They have been my main source of teaching about the Bible so the idea that “women should be silent in church” (1 Cor 14:34-35) or “women should not teach or have authority over a man” (1 Tim 2:11-14) seems laughable at best. For some reason, a lot of people – especially within the Christian tradition – can’t get on board with the idea of people being on an equal playing field regardless of gender. And no, I’m not talking about “equal value, different/distinct roles” (lookin’ at you, John Piper). That’s why I like to re-read this book every so often. I’m a big fan of Rachel Held Evans’s writing, and this book of hers reminds me that while the Bible can be used to oppress, it can also be used to lift up and bring about justice in the world.

Title – A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”

Author – Rachel Held Evans

Page count – 308

In this book, Evans chronicles her year of living out “biblical womanhood” by studying all the passages in the Bible that relate to women Continue reading “A Year of Biblical Womanhood (#29/50)”


When Religion Becomes Evil (#28/50)

I wanted to like this book. I really did. It was the basis of an “Adult Education” class at a church I occasionally attend, and rather than go to the lectures, I decided to check out the actual book from the library and read it myself. The author makes some good points, but it simply didn’t live up to my expectations.

Title – When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs

Author – Charles Kimball

Page count – 227

The premise of the book is that religion can function in one of two ways. The healthy form of religion functions as part of a larger cultural system to give individuals a sense of community and a guide for morality and ethical behavior. The unhealthy form of religion happens when Continue reading “When Religion Becomes Evil (#28/50)”

The Boston Girl (#25/50)

Books about female friendship make me so happy. 🙂 And it’s fitting that this book was recommended to me by one of my friends who’s also doing a reading challenge. Feel free to comment with any good books you’ve been reading lately – I’m always open to suggestions! I already want to read this one again:

Title – The Boston Girl

Author – Anita Diamant

Page count – 320

The narrator of this book, Addie Baum, is telling the story of “how she became the woman she is today” to her 22-year-old granddaughter Ava. The present time is 1985 when Continue reading “The Boston Girl (#25/50)”