A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

 

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Memoir

Rating: 6 out of 10

Plot: Rachel decides that she is going to live a year as closely to the principles and laws of the Bible as she can. She focuses on a different trait in Proverbs 31 as possible.

Opinion: I was intrigued by this book but then I found myself annoyed in parts. First, I didn’t realize that instead of living a consistent lifestyle throughout the year, she focuses on one area in each month and then goes to the extreme in that area. To me, this approach seemed rather disingenuous. Second, despite saying this was all biblical, she chose to do things in the name of the experiment that even she said was not found in the Bible such as camping out in her yard when she was on her period because she read it in the book, The Red Tent. Overall, while the book was interesting, it was rather gimmicky and as the author pointed out repeatedly, this was all done for the sole purpose of writing a book rather than out of a true spiritual quest.

Next book: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marilliar

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

** I actually finished this book a while ago but haven’t had time to post my review. **

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 7 out of 10

Plot: Agnes Magnesdottir has been sentenced to death for the murder of one of her former employees. While she is awaiting her punishment, she is sent to a remote farm where she slowly reveals her story and earns the trust and support of the family.

Opinion: I thought this was a pretty good book, although it was slow at times.  Also, I never really felt connected to the main character, which made it hard to empathize with her.   I learned about a historical event that I knew nothing about prior, and that’s always a plus for me when I’m reading historical fiction.

Next book: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans