Award-winning author, popular blogger, and national speaker Rachel Held Evans visits APU to speak on her recent New York Times bestselling book A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson, Inc.). Questioning the traditionalist view of interpreting biblical womanhood and bringing clarity to women’s roles in the home and church, Evans delivers her address as part of the Center for Research in Science (CRIS) Science, Faith, and Culture lecture series. The event takes place at Foothill Community Church, located at 777 E. Alosta, Ave., in Azusa, on Fri., March 8, at 7 p.m.

Frustrated by the inconsistencies with which ‘biblical womanhood’ is often taught in the evangelical Christian community, Evans followed all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year, demonstrating that no woman can practice consistent literal biblical womanhood. “My hope is that the book will generate some laughs, as well as a fresh, honest dialog about common assumptions regarding women, the Church, and biblical interpretation,” said Evans.

With wit and humor, Evans documented her experience in her book A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. For 12 months she:

• Wore a scarf over her head to pray.

• Called her husband “master” and stood on the roadside with a sign that said, “Dan is awesome.”

• Perched on the roof for an afternoon of penance for gossiping.

• Made her own clothes.

• Remained silent in church.

“Millions of Christian women make their decisions regarding faith, family, and career based on popular conceptions of ‘biblical womanhood,’ though few have considered the selectivity with which they apply gender-based biblical instructions,” said Evans. “While some may laugh at the notion of biblical literalism, my experience emerges from a culture in which biblical womanhood is continually held as a standard for which women must strive. My goal is to invite women to cut themselves some slack.”

In addition to writing, Evans speaks at universities and conferences across the country. She has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com. She has also been named one of Christianity Today’s “50 Women to Watch.”

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