The evil Lifeway bookstore will not carry the latest book from Rachel Held Evan because she used the word vagina.
I like the way it sounds, but who knows if it is true or not. Many of you might have already heard about the controversy surrounding Ms. Evan’s newest book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and the unwillingness of the SBC owned bookstore chain Lifeway to carry her new book.
I have not read the book yet, but I will probably try to get around to it as time permits. From what I have read about the book, it details her decision to live a full year following the Bible’s instructions towards women. Now living a biblical woman’s life is not easy by today’s view of life, but she does her best to comply. Some of the things she did were to not to speak while in church and to sleep outside when she had her menstrual cycle.
Going into the launch of the book, Ms. Evans began talking about the controversy and how her publisher said that there was a good chance that Lifeway would not carry her book because she used the word vagina. It amazes me that this could be a valid reason, but every business has the right to operate the way they want to. Even if this is the case, the idea of being persecuted or rejected by the store seemed to excite more people and lead them to read her book.
Without knowing the whole story, it seems more like this controversy was designed to sell more books.
While I read her blog posts, to me it seems like she struggles, as many Christians do, with trying to find a balance between the bible, tradition and modern life. Many Christians have struggled with doing what they want or what feels right even though the bible states not too. Ms. Evans has addressed these issues before when speaking about egalitarian marriage and how superior it is to complementarianism or patriarchy forms of marriage.
It is views like this that I would assume the SBC would have a bigger issue with than the one use of the word vagina in her book. I see her other views over topics like homosexuality and the role of women as being a bigger threat to the SBC than a vagina. Without Lifeway addressing the masses as to why they decided not to carry her book, all we have to go on is the speculation and articles fueled by Rachel Held Evans and her publisher Thomas Nelson.
The choice to remain silent may hurt or help Lifeway in the long run as the conspiracy thoughts continue on, but it has benefited Ms. Evans greatly and for that she must be thankful for.