Best Christmas Present Ever


by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free
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My dad put his Hebrew training and artistic abilities to use this Christmas by making these beautiful “eshet chayil” plaques for the Held women of valor. Mine has taken a prize spot in our living room.

Eshet chayilwoman of valor— has long been a blessing of praise in the Jewish community. Husbands often sing the line from Proverbs 31 to their wives at Sabbath meals. Women cheer one another on through accomplishments in homemaking, career, education, parenting, and justice by shouting a hearty “eshet chayil!” after each milestone.  Great women of the faith, like Sarah and Ruth and Deborah, are identified as women of valor.  One of my goals in writing A Year of Biblical Womanhood was to help evangelicals “take back” Proverbs 31 as a blessing, not a to-do list, by identifying and celebrating women of valor. It's been such a joy to hear from readers who have done just that--contributing to our Women of Valor series, making "valor" their word of the year, honoring their wives and sisters and friends as women of valor, even getting "eshet chayil" tattoos! 

I'm so honored and happy that Dad has joined in.

[By the way, A Year of Biblical Womanhood is STILL just $1.99 on Kindle, a pretty great deal for readers on a budget!]

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