Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

From September 2015 to September 2016, I spent every other Sunday evening helping to teach a class at my church.  A group of 10 of us set out to read and discuss the entire Bible in a year.  It was both challenging and eye-opening, and we ate a lot of snacks and got into a lot of arguments – two of my favorite things.

During that experience, I really struggled with how women are talked about and treated in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament.  It’s something that I talked about with my class and other friends as well.  Once the class was over, I still didn’t feel like my thoughts had been resolved, and I didn’t see others really wrestling in the same way  I was.

Until I found A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans.

In this book, RHE sets out to follow the commands and emulate the exhortations of the Bible regarding woman – all of them that are within her power, anyway.  She changes the way she dresses, the way she communicates with her husband, the way she makes the decisions, the types of food she buys and eats, and so much more.

Evans has received a lot of criticism for this project, particularly from Evangelical Christians who claim that she was practicing poor interpretation and application of the Bible.  But here’s my take on it.

Rachel Held Evans took a subject that was incredibly raw and real and dove right in.  She didn’t stray from the difficult parts of the Bible that so many people ignore.  She chewed on them, tried to apply the principles of them to today, and tried to really get a sincere understanding of what the Bible has to say about women: something that I don’t see anyone else doing in that same way, but I think desperately needs to be done.

Evans made me laugh out loud, she made me cry multiple times, and I’ve found myself continuing to come back to many of her thoughts as I think through what it means to be a woman in the church and a woman in this world in general.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood was refreshing, challenging, and encouraging and a very accessible and easy read for anyone who’s thought about the disconnect between what many Christians say they believe about woman and how they actually treat them.  And for those who haven’t thought about that disconnect: this book might be even more eye-opening for you.

New Year, New Goals

It’s 2017!  Huzzah!  I’m nearly 3 weeks late on that – sorry, friends.


I wanted to share a few of my goals for reading and writing (and blogging) for this upcoming year.  You know, give you all something to look forward to.

My Goals for 2017


  • Send out more queries for Bombshell
  • Finish first round revisions for The Legend of Elliot Major
  • Send The Legend of Elliot Major to my writing group for feedback
  • Finish second revisions on The Legend of Elliot Major
  • Finish the first draft of Novodah’s Myth


  • Read 52 books this year
  • Read 6 more Hugo Award winning novels


  • Review each of the books I read
  • Post on my blog at least 4 times per month


There you have it!  I know that last goal is a definite decrease from my blogging this past year.  But I really want to focus more of my time and energy and writing and revising.  So, while I’ll keep you updated on my reading and writing journeys, it may be less frequent.  Just trying to manage your expectations.


What are some of your goals for 2017?

Review: The Last Colony

Oh my word.  I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago, and I just realized that I never shared this review.  That’s what a week in Colorado will do to you, I guess… excuses, excuses.

Ok.  Here goes.

The Last Colony by John Scalzi is book three in his Old Man’s War series (you can check out my review of book two here) which I love.  It’s face-paced, funny, and easily accessible.  It’s military science fiction that doesn’t get bogged down in the science and technology.  I highly recommend the OMW series for non-science fiction readers who want to give the genre a shot.

Book three definitely did not disappoint.  We get to see some old, beloved (by me, anyway) characters in new circumstances.  We get to see important relationships development – complicated marriages, teenagers and parents, commanding officers giving questionable orders.  So much believable internal and external conflict.

Not only that, but Scalzi is back with some huge questions: is it right to sacrifice individuals to save a group?  Is right to sacrifice a colony to save humanity?  Is it right to sacrifice humanity to save hundreds of other sentient species?…  Dang.

Throw in a healthy mix of duty, politics, and outsmarting the bad guy when you’re outgunned, and that is The Last Colony.

I’m excited to read the rest of the series, though I am sad to report that books four, five, and six move on from my favorite characters.  Scalzi, I’m sure, has many more worthwhile stories in this universe, though.  So I’m not THAT sad.

July Review Round-Up

Summer reading slowed down significantly in July – I blame trying to finish polishing Bombshell.  Here’s what I read in July:

Double or Nothing by Peter David

  • The Double Helix series continues in book 5 of 6 with Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and Captain Jean-Luc Picard going under cover to try to track down the person who engineered the deadly virus that has been popping up all over the Alpha Quadrant for years.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  • The story follows Janie, an African-American woman in the early 20th century, from her teenage years to her 40’s as she tries to figure out love, life, and who she wants to be.


Two Weeks and a Whole Lot of Life Later

Hey all.

It’s been 2 weeks since my last post, and life has been a little crazy.  Sorry for the radio silence in all this.  Here’s what’s been going down:

  • I got a niece!  Finally!  Baby Sarah was born July 25, 2016.
  • Baby Sarah had to have heart surgery which was super scary, but she’s recovering well 🙂
  • My grandma, Elizabeth, passed away.  This wasn’t unexpected but has still been hard.
  • Chris and I traveled to Illinois for her funeral last weekend.
  • Our car broke down in central Illinois; it’s fixed now though.
  • The church that I work at got a new building!  Our first service there is August 7, so prepping for that has been a little… intense.
  • Camp NaNoWriMo wrapped up, so I’ve been trying to continue revising Bombshell in the midst of all this.

So, now you’re completely caught up on what has been going on in my life the past 2 weeks.  Now that I’m back in Minnesota and things have calmed down a bit, I’m hoping to get back to posting regularly.  Here are future posts to be looking for:

  • A review of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • A July review round-up
  • An update on how Camp NaNo went
  • An update on what’s happening with Bombshell

Thanks for sticking with me in all this.  I love bullet point lists.