Powerful Stories of Women in the Bible that Reveal God's Mercy and Love
From well-known women like Eve and Esther to those lesser known like Jochebed and Zipporah, women of the Bible play a vital role in God's timeless story of redemption.
This book traces the stories of three dozen of the most important women in Scripture, each handpicked by God to play a crucial part in his gracious plan for all humanity. Every chapter begins with a short biography followed by an explanation of how each woman fits into the overall narrative of the Gospel message, pointing to God's love for the individual as well as his larger plan to redeem sinners through the sending of his son. The Bible is the story of God's relationship with his people--men, women, Jews, Gentiles, saints, and sinners. But this book reveals that it's also the story of his relationship with you.
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About the Author
Aaron is the author of Everything the Bible Says About Parenting and Children and What Does God Say About That? His writing has been featured in Discipleship Journal, In Touch magazine, and other Christian periodicals. Elaina writes and develops curriculum for ministries such as Campus Crusade for Christ and others. She has a passion for discipleship and teaching. Aaron and Elaina Sharp live in Little Elm, Texas, with their three children.
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[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] For the most part, this book lives up to its title. I have a few quibbles with some of the important biblical women this book does not include (Miriam, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah, and Abigail come to mind here, as well as more obscure names like Huldah), but there is no question that the women included in this book are worth remembering. As someone who reads a lot of books about women in the Bible , there is always something worth wondering in what a particular book brings to the conversation. Clearly, there is a great interest in writing about the women of the Bible, presumably for a female audience. It would be a shame, though, if only women read this book. Although many of the names chosen for these books show significant overlap, this book does a good job at showing what other writers (including some heavyweights like Calvin) have said about the particular women chosen as well as giving some amusing facts about the women and asking some thoughtful questions that the biblical texts do not explicitly answer about these women and their stories. The version I read of this book was 115 pages long, certainly not too much space that plenty more important women had to be left out because of space considerations. As it is, the book includes 31, perhaps as a nod to Proverbs 31 as containing both the wisdom of Lemuel's mother (another woman not included here) as well as the ode to the virtuous (or multuous) woman . At any rate, there are plenty more worthy women that could have been included. The women included, though, are a worthy list: Eve, Sarah, Tamar, Jochebed, Zipporah, Rahab, Deborah, Ruth, Naomi, Hannah, Bathsheba, the widow of Zerephath, the woman of Shunem, Esther, Gomer, Mary (the mother of Christ), Elizabeth, Anna, Mary Magdelene, Mary and Martha, the woman at the well, the bleeding woman, the Syrophonecian woman, the widow with two mites, the widow of Nain, the woman sinner (not very specific, I know), Tabitha, Phoebe, Lois and Eunice, Lydia, and Priscilla. The authors take a lot of effort at putting these women in the contexts of their own time as well as in their role in providing encouragement to (mostly) women today. It is easy to imagine this book finding an appreciative audience among many women, as well as being the sort of book that encourages women's ministries and bible studies and the like. It would be a shame, though, if this book was only read by women. The serious and thought-provoking questions asked in this book are of interest to both men and women, as some of them deal with the question of God interaction with humankind and about questions of divine providence as well as what God thinks about the way that people respond to the problems of this world. Many of the women in these biblical stories suffered with grave difficulties including illness, injustice, poverty, and childlessness, and not all of them handled their difficulties well, yet all were participants or observers of God's involvement with humanity. The stories of these women, and many others, demonstrate the way that the Bible is a far more complicated and nuanced book when it comes to the role of women than is recognized by many, and the way that it speaks not only about long gone times but also speaks to contemporary concerns.  See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/10/30/book-review-wicked-wome
The Most Important Women of the Bible is an interesting study of 31 women of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Many of the women are well known, (e.g. Eve, Ruth, Esther, and Mary) and many are lesser known, yet just as fascinating, (e.g. Jochebed, Gomer, The widow of Nain, and Lydia). It is exciting to learn how God chose to use these women for His good, and to examine how He is using us, as well. Some of the stories are not clean and neat, so to speak, in that even those who don’t necessarily do ‘good’ are used for the good, according to God’s purpose. Tamar is a good example. She was devious and desperate, yet God used her, and she ultimately became an ancestor of Christ. As an organizational freak, I love how this book is structured. Each woman’s chapter is systematically arranged with a quote, Scripture references, her biography, her role in redemption, a section titled By the Numbers, listing how many sons, husbands, etc. the woman had, and questions that remain. This is a wonderful learning tool for women’s or girl’s groups, to inspect the lives of women in the Bible and the roles they played. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.