Biblical Womanhood

Oh Monday afternoon, I sat out on the back patio while the kids played and relished the fact that my assistance is not called for every 2 minutes. And I read. I’m back into the swing of reading again… this season in my life has made it so simple and easy to leave a few books around the house and grab one to read every few hours. Seriously. My children will probably remember me as the mother who stood in the kitchen stirring caramel sauce and reading a book. Thankfully, our library has an online account where I can reference book reviews I see, add them to my cart and set a pick up location. And for the forgetful ones like myself, I can renew {and pay fines} from my desk as well.

Anyway, Crunchy Chicken is doing a book club with the book Almost Amish  {that’s another post} and while I was ordering that one, I came across the book, Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. I recognized the author because she writes very intelligent, provoking blogs that are frequently shared by people in my Facebook feed. On a whim, I snatched it up.

Now listen. I grew up in church so the concept of the Proverbs 31 woman is not foreign to me. But it irks me that it is either used to put oneself down or to judge another. As I read through the beginning of the book, I realized that while I might not be challenged to fit into the guideline, I could certainly learn from all her research.

Out of the entire book, there were two portions that stood out to me: the discussion about a woman of valor and the challenge to be mindful about where our purchases come from.

Why did “Woman of Valor” stand out to me? Because we don’t support each other enough. Because we spend time talking about how “she” does things differently and is therefore cray cray. Because we can’t seem to wait to pass along the next little bit of gossip. Because if “she” is a dedicated runner/crossfitter/yogi/fitness buff she’s “obsessed with herself”. Because if “she’s” opinionated, she’s a B. I know I’ve said it before, but dude! We have GOT to stop comparing and judging and just link our arms and be a team. So if you get a text from me calling you a Woman of Valor, it’s a compliment. Embrace it.

The challenge regarding our purchases cut pretty deeply. Chocolate isn’t a huge issue, but coffee is and I just felt so sad thinking of the children who are abused because I need that cuppa. I realized that once again, I’ve slipped into cheap and convenient over what I know I should purchase. Rachel’s trip to Bolivia really hurt my heart in a good and convicting way… so much so that there was coffee shopping last night.

The book was a quick read… I finished Tuesday afternoon. And entertaining? Oh gosh, I laughed out loud at several points… who doesn’t love a good kitchen disaster story?! And I must say that I have great respect for the amount of research Rachel needed to put into this book. It opened my eyes to the reality of how great our lives are in the 21st century. I know that already, sure, but to really consider what those women thousands of years ago endured just because of their gender? Big stuff there. I may never, ever complain about how embarrassing the purchase of feminine products is. After all, I could be sitting in a red tent for a week!

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