Sarah Flashing Reviews Rachel Held Evans’ ‘A Year of Biblical Womanhood’

The book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans has found itself the subject of several recent headlines. The SBC bookstore chain, Lifeway, refused to sell the book, citing as their primary reason the poor sales record of Evans’ previous publication. Evans herself, along with the mainstream media, has contended, however, that the reason for the criticism is due to her use of a particular graphic term. In a review of this book, Sarah Flashing of The Center for Women of Faith in Culture argues that infrequent use of one word is hardly the primary issue about which Christians should be concerned. She writes:

I don’t believe this book is really about biblical womanhood, or biblical anything. YBW is a book about the Bible and how we read it. To fulfill her objective to live out this year of biblical womanhood and prove that there lacks a complete of consensus on what it is, Evans employs a feminist hermeneutic of suspicion that begins with the assumption that instances of female submission in Scripture and as applied by the evangelical biblical womanhood movement are cultural artifacts rooted in the male pursuit of power and domination. But her fallacious methodology casts a shadow of mock and ridicule on a movement of men and women who seek alignment with the character of God in all manner of living.

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