Showing Mary: How Women Can Share Prayers,Wisdom,and the Blessings of God by Renita J. Weems
How do I know I'm ready for change? How do I find the courage to step out of my old self? Where do I begin? As a writer, Bible scholar, and minister, Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems has devoted her life to understanding women -- their dreams, their achievements, their lifelong desire to fulfill their God-given talents. Now she draws on the account in the Gospel According to Luke of Jesus' mother, Mary, and her relationship with her older cousin Elizabeth to show how God helps all women support and empower one another. The Bible tells us that the pregnant teenager Mary spent three months with her older and also pregnant cousin Elizabeth. It was during that time that Mary came to terms with her great destiny. The story of these two women is one that resonates all too keenly today -- one of doubt and faith, of discovering one's strengths and facing one's weaknesses, and of fearing the future before finally realizing the path one should follow. With real-world insight and knowledge of Scripture, Dr. Weems reveals lessons in: Discovering God's true destination for your life no matter how many wrong turns you've taken in the past; Listening to the powerful voice guiding you from within and recognizing the blessings God brings to encourage you; Finding the people who will provide godly counsel and advice and help you the most; Developing the character to break out of the structures and "should"s of girlhood -- and take productive chances; Learning how to help and mentor others when you are still finding the answers. Knowledgeable, caring, and inspiring, Showing Mary is a unique book that can help you give birth to all the beautiful things inside you -- and all that God has planned for you.