An award-winning author, blogger and all-around modern woman will be at Tennessee Tech University to talk about the year she gave it all up to live according to the strict rules for women’s behavior in the Bible.
Rachel Held Evans will be on campus at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Derryberry Auditorium to talk about her experiences, which included calling her husband “master,” covering her head in prayer and sleeping outside in a tent when she had her period.
“College students are often really trying to reconcile their spirituality and their world with what they are learning,” said Diana Lalani of TTU’s Women’s Center, which is sponsoring the Center Stage event. “Rachel is someone who has done that and continues to do that.”
Evans is a blogger from Dayton, Tenn. Her first book, “Evolving in Monkey Town,” documents her struggles between faith and doubt growing up in the town made famous during the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, a high-profile case about teaching evolution in schools.
Her second book, “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” is scheduled to come out later this fall. At TTU, she will talk about her year following the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible. During her year, which began in October 2010, she grew out her hair, made her own clothes and learned to cook. For the book, she also spoke with women who follow many of those rules in their everyday lives, including a polygamist, an Orthodox Jew and an Amish family.
She will answer audience questions after her talk, which is free and open to the public.
“I want people to be inspired,” Lalani said. “That’s the point – bringing a strong woman to campus who is inspiring, funny and unconventional.”