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Holy Homemaking: A Response from Rachel Held Evans

Clearing up one misconception about my new book.

If you spend much time surfing around the evangelical blogosphere, you have probably heard about my second book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson). You may have heard that it's a humorous exploration about what the Bible says (and doesn't say) about women, or that it delves into some controversial topics regarding gender, or that it's an abomination that makes a mockery of Scripture and fails to distinguish between the "Old Law" and the New Covenant. Some of these rumors are true; others are not.

Another rumor you may have heard is that the book disparages homemaking. Several readers inferred this from Jen Pollock Michel's recent Her.meneutics article, "What You Don't Know about Complementarian Women," but nothing could be further from the truth.

In A Year of Biblical Womanhood, I devote an entire chapter to homemaking. As I refocused on my own homemaking skills (or lack thereof!), I confess at one point that "it was out of ignorance and insecurity that I ever looked down my nose ...

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