Year of Biblical Womanhood Giveaway

Update: entries are closed.

I’m venturing into new territory here for me. I’ve never done a giveaway before, but let’s give it a shot and see how it goes. Up for grabs is a copy of A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. I’ve been working my way through the book, blogging as I go, and now want to offer up the opportunity for others to also learn from this great book.

Why?

Rachel sitting on her roof as part of the project

Most importantly, the book is an extremely good book in so many ways. It is funny, sure to make you laugh out loud multiple times. It is socially-conscious, offering a powerful voice for 50% of the population that somehow are often left unheard in the church. It is incredibly deep in biblical scholarship and in spiritual disciplines drawn from all of the church, plus a few from Judaism. And it is incredibly deep emotionally in terms of how Rachel discusses her own struggles. If you don’t win, I highly recommend buying it.

Secondly, I wanted to celebrate. This site is new. Yes, there are 170+ blogs already, but that is because I copied them from previous sites. This site, emerginganabaptist.com, is new. I’ve also launched a new Facebook page. And in general, I’m feeling rejuvenated about putting in the time it takes to maintain a good blog.

How To Enter

You can enter in one or more of 4 ways:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. With my commenting system Disqus you can log in by Twitter, Facebook, Google, or Disqus.
  2. You can follow @Ryan_LR on Twitter and tweet this: I entered to win a copy of A Year of Biblical Womanhood by @rachelheldevans from @Ryan_LR http://wp.me/p2Q8no-db
  3. You can circle me and publicly share this message on Google+
  4. You can like The Emerging-Anabaptist page and like this post on Facebook.

If you do all four, you get four entries, but you only get one entry for each method (i.e. no repeatedly tweeting to raise your chances even farther – I appreciate the publicity but it will count as one).

For Twitter, Google+, and Facebook, you must still be following/circling/liking as of the time I draw the winner. Of course if you’re not interested in what I have to say, you have the complete freedom to stop after that. It’s not like I’m going to chase you down. I will contact you by whatever means you won through, so make sure you are monitoring those various networks unless you specifically tell me to do otherwise. Obviously, also make sure you’ve given me a valid means of contact.

Thomas Nelson (the publisher) will be shipping you the book directly. They are awesome. They also shipped out a whole bunch of free copies of Red Letter Revolution (mine will be here soon and that will also likely be reviewed). I’ll get your address and send it to them, and they’ll take it from there.

The giveaway is valid for Canada and the United States only. Sorry everyone else. About 95% of my hits and I think all of the regulars are Canada-U.S. anyway so I don’t feel too bad about it. Thomas Nelson has requested this restriction as it greatly simplifies how many people have to get involved to get it to you.

Buy on Amazon.ca:A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

  • Jeff Misener

    SOunds like a book I should be reading very soon …

  • Courtney G

    I’m certainly intrigued after following your posts about this book 🙂

  • Anneke

    Hi Ryan! You’ve written a whole bunch of great posts lately. I really like the one about loving the bible for what it is. We so easily fall into the trap of stating what we think “biblical womanhood” is… or of note lately “biblical politics”. There are many issues for which it’s possible to pull nearly any viewpoint that we want from the bible. We could use the bible to argue for a each person providing for themselves (a more republican view) or we can use it to argue that we should be taking care of others (a more democratic view). We can use the bible to argue that women should be silent, submissive and will be saved by reproducing, and we can use the bible to say the women should stand up for truth and be leaders in the church.

    The problem that I’m struggling with is how do I know what’s true? I do believe there is one truth – that God does have an opinion on how I live my life. But when I’m reading the bible, I’m wearing the filtering sunglasses of my culture and background, and it’s simply not possible for me (or anyone) to read the bible objectively.

    • You’ve succinctly stated what the central problem is facing the postmodern church. I don’t think we need to rush to hard postmodernism which essentially believes that even if there is such a thing as truth there is no way to know it. But I do think we need to reach soft postmodernism to acknowledge that our perception of truth is always filtered. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we aren’t still seeing truth (and conversely, lies) but we need humility, which includes talking to others about how they understand something, rather than the modern arrogance of certainty.

  • I’d love to have a copy of the book to gift to a friend for Christmas.

  • Shannon Craig

    I have been hearing a ton about this book and am dying to read it!

  • Jillian Wilsman

    I LOVE Rachel Held Evans’ blog, and can’t wait to read her book!

  • I’ve heard a lot about this book, so I’m looking forward to reading it!

  • I want to read Rachel’s book as soon as I can afford to get it, so winning it would be great! 🙂

  • Misty Prochaska

    Would love so much to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Alexandria Lippold

    Would love to win a copy of this book! 🙂

  • Juli Litchford

    Please add my entry. Have tweeted and posted to fb. I don’t use google+. Blessings!

  • I’ve been looking forward to reading it!

  • Love to get a copy of this book!

  • I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity, Ryan!

  • I’d love to win a copy!

  • I’ve done all 4! I would LOVE to have this book!!! I’ve been wanting to get it, but haven’t been able to yet. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Nicely done. You’re the first one to go for all 4 (most leave out Google+, a few left out Facebook).

  • I’ve read some reveiws of it and am very intrigued.

  • Jeremy G

    Hooray for free things! I cannot promise that Anneke will try to follow her own personal year of Biblical womanhood… but I can promise… that I like winning things.

  • Kateri

    Would love to win a copy.
    I tweeted a few days ago and meant to leave a comment, but got distracted. Just went over and liked on facebook.

  • Also tweeted. Thanks for doing this!

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