Three-Thousand-Year-Old Inferiority Complex

Three-Thousand-Year-Old Inferiority Complex

As a blogger, I tend to bite off more than I can chew, because I love to write.  I see new blog material in all my waking (and sometimes, sleeping) hours.  Right now, I’m working on two blog series based on books.  The first is “Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity and the things we made up” by Francis Chan, and the second is “What Shall We Say: Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith,” by Thomas G. Long.  I would like to officially add a third book, “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” by Rachel Evans.  I’ve only read a handful of Evan’s blogs, so my approach to this book is not as a fan of her writing (although, I imagine that if I keep reading her work, it won’t be long before one could call me a fan).

When I heard that she was about to release this book, my first thought was, “Seriously?”  I didn’t imagine it would be a book I would be all that interested in reading, since “Biblical” womanhood, in my mind, is synonymous with “oppression.”  Please understand that I am very interested in living an abundant life with a clear conscience before God and that I do value the scriptures.  But I’ve also seen and experienced some pretty stupid ideas about what it means to be a woman imposed upon unsuspecting people who haven’t really stopped to consider that there’s a huge difference between the words “God-honoring” and “Biblical.”  You see, “Biblical” is a hijacked word, sort of like the word “Christian” is a hijacked word.

I got an email asking if I would like to be part of the launch team for this book, which basically means, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.  What’s in it for me?  A free book and maybe a little bit of increase in blog traffic.  What’s in it for her?  Free marketing.

I’m being totally transparent here.

And while we are on the subject of transparency, I have a confession to make.  Last night, after I worked on the Kickstarter page for a while, I yawned and told myself, go to bed already.  And then I remembered that Evan’s book released today, and if I am going to be a responsible member of this launch team, I better start reading.  I’ll bet most of the other people on the launch team posted their blogs like three days ago.

Remember what I said about I didn’t imagine it would be a book I would be all that interested in reading?  Well, scratch that.  As soon as I saw the words, “Three-Thousand-year-old inferiority complex,” I knew that this wasn’t going to be one of those condemning churchy books.  One thing that struck me, right away, is Evan’s humor.  Humor isn’t my strong point, so it fascinates me when other people can write humor well.  Rachel’s transparency is also refreshing.  This quote is a great example of her writing style.  She had just turned thirty, and someone had asked her when she and her husband Dan were planning on having a baby:

…the truth – that I’m absolutely, inexplicably terrified of motherhood – was too embarrassing to speak aloud.  It crossed my mind that I could get away with a lie.  You know: shrug my shoulders, conjure up some tears, and say something about God’s perfect timing to imply that we were trying, because, really, who’s going to conduct a thorough investigation into that?  But instead I found myself saying, “I think I’d like to write another book first,” which came across a lot more smugly than I intended.

I’ll continue this series as time permits.  If you get your own book, we could kind of read along together! <– shameless plug

In the meantime, here’s some information from the press package:

 

Comments
  • Mary Vanderplas October 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    My initial reaction is that the book sounds less than appealing. Like you, I have trouble with the whole notion of “biblical womanhood” – as though everything that’s said in the Bible about and to women is meant to teach timeless truths about what it means to be a godly woman. In general, the Bible does not contain a collection of timeless truths about God and his will for humanity; what it contains is the testimony of people living in particular times and places to what God was saying and doing in their situations. To hear what God is saying to us today in the biblical texts, we need to read them in their literary and historical contexts. To read the texts that speak about women as though they give timeless rules or examples that those who seek to be obedient to the will of God are intended to follow is surely to misread them. An accurate reading of these texts needs to take into account both the patriarchal-hierarchical society in which they were written and the different social customs and norms pertaining to gender that obtained.

    Insofar as the book recounts the author’s struggles to put into practice today time- and culture-bound ways of living, it strikes me as less than edifying. Perhaps there is more to it than this. The “scriptural exploration and spiritual contemplation” she does on the texts related to women in the biblical drama may offer appetizing food for thought. I would hope so. I have not (yet) talked myself into running out and getting this book, though. I may need to read more of your thoughts on it first.

  • Stephen Helbig October 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Dwelling upon this most recent blog I always ask our lord the Five Ws and one H ~ what why when where who and how ~

    I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); ~
    Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.?
    ~ Lord teach us!

    While I greatly look forward to our progression in the things of our Father God, I have come to realize with Alice “Let it Be” in the mighty Hands of our creator and husband Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Working of His Mighty Spirit within ~ which He has given us to accomplish the tasks set before us. He will perfect that which concerns us, ~ every Man (WO-MAN) ~ (Mankind, ~ ‘man women and child’ ) in His OWN Order. However in asking ~ I patiently wait upon Him for the answers for He does all things and Has ALL things in His Hands.
    We are all on the same path to the fullness and the full stature of our Lord Jesus, and as we partake in this, there is much sorrow and much Joy, JOY which greatly exceeds all sorrows. Death produces LIFE and unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds, ~ and there is much JOY in this process where it is even said that it pleased the Father to bruise Him. ~ because of the Joy set before Him.

    The point I wish to bring forth upon reading the above blog , and the thing that the Lord has spoken to my Heart is we are all on this journey together and the Lord God is making us one. ~ THETWO SHALLBECOME ONE. ~ Father make them one as we are one ~ And lest I get to far in that ONE particular endless topic let me return to the passage of scripture that was brought to mind upon first reading the above blog ~
    Romans 14
    1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
    10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. 14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

    p.s. ~ ONE interesting and fascinating thing that amazes me in the wisdom found in the process of our Lord in accomplishing that which He desires in us, ~ for us, ~and thru us. ~ IS THIS ~ That as we may perceive our growth from the natural to the spiritual, ~ He (GOD) begins in the Spirit and manifests in the natural, ~ and this process is not by might nor by power but by His precious Holy Spirit in us ~ This is the means He utilizes to accomplish that which He Desires.

    p.s.s. ~ symbolically we are each a (wo-man) married to our Lord ~ Looking forward to this study!

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