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: