When We Were Eve: Uncovering the Woman God Created You to Be by Colleen C. Mitchell
“We are walking back to the Garden of Eden together and trying to remember who were when we were Eve.”
In When We Were Eve, Colleen Mitchell draws on the creation story in Genesis to show women God’s gracious plan for their whole being: body and soul in harmony with themselves, others, creation and their Creator. Through her own story and those of other women, she explores the many ways women struggle with their bodies and the way a biblical understanding of what it means to be a woman can bring them peace and joy.
“Eve in Eden is woman in her perfection,” writes Mitchell. “The last note of the creation song states that the man and his wife were both naked and they were not ashamed.… This is the perfected state of our humanity—vulnerable, open, aware of our bodies and ourselves and understanding of others. Intimately free to be who we are before God.”
Through the stories of Eve (before and after the Fall), Bathsheba, Hannah, the woman of Proverbs 31, Sarah from the Book of Tobit, the hemorrhaging woman in Mark’s Gospel, the synagogue leader’s daughter, and the bride from the Song of Songs, she helps readers find new perspectives on what it means to be a woman: young, old, single, married, mothers, nurturers, strong and vulnerable, loving and being loved.
Questions for reflection encourage readers to deepen their own awareness and a final section offers prayers for the many seasons and circumstances of a woman’s life.
Reviews and What Readers Say
" This book completely changed how I see myself as a woman. AMAZING stuff!!! I feel so much more self-worth now! Many thanks to the author for opening up about her struggles and showing us how Eve (and the New Eve) can guide us back to God!!"
—C_LizAnd314, Amazon Client, Verified Purchase
" I don't usually read books targeted at Christian women. I've got too much baggage from being taught to reduce and sacrifice myself in ways that wouldn't lead to holiness, but would make the people around me more comfortable.This is a book for women who feel too much/not enough, as the author says. (And this is how I've described myself for years.) This book gets into the shared cultural experience of living as a woman in our world, especially as women who are trying to connect with God.Self-care is front and center, but not the shallow "follow your bliss, do whatever you want" type. This is real self-care."
—Kristy Burmeister, Amazon Client, Verified Purchase
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Colleen Mitchell grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she learned to value faith, family, honest conversation and loud laughter. She married her husband Greg in 1997 and began to accrue a passel of boys whom she now raises in the mountains of rural Costa Rica where the family serves as Catholic missionaries. She spends her days living the adventure of the Gospel among the Cabecar indigenous tribe and her own tribe of almost men. Her heart is for women to know the depth of God's love for them and build their identities on that love. She is the author of Who Does He Say That You Are: Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels.