A popular Bible teacher offers practical guidance and helpful tips for women who want to go deeper in their study of the Bible and learn how to teach others to do the same.
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About the Author
Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women’s Bible studies. During her seventeen years of teaching, she has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Jen and her family are members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas.
Matt Chandler (BA, Hardin-Simmons University) serves as lead pastor of teaching at the Village Church in Dallas, Texas, and president of the Acts 29 Network. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.
Table of Contents
Foreword Matt Chandler 11
1 Turning Things Around 21
2 The Case for Bible Literacy 35
3 Study with Purpose 49
4 Study with Perspective 59
5 Study with Patience 73
6 Study with Process 85
7 Study with Prayer 103
8 Pulling It All Together 109
9 Help for Teachers 127
Conclusion: Seek His Pace 147
Recommended Resources 153
Scripture Index 157
What People are Saying About This
“Wilkin’s challenges to the status quo, grounded in years of observation, ring with gentle wisdom and guide readers in how to study the Bible with greater depth.” (July 14, 2014)
“I have a passion for people to see and savor the God of the Bible, and a corresponding frustration when I see the hurt, loss, and lack of confidence that accompanies a lack of biblical literacy. That’s why I’m glad you are holding this book. Jen Wilkin takes knowing the God of the Bible seriously. She is one of the better Bible teachers I’ve had the opportunity to hear. Her approach in teaching people how to grow in their knowledge of the Scriptures is accessible and helpful regardless of whether you have been a Christian for decades and feel like it’s too late for you or you are a young believer who is hungry to know and understand the God of the Bible.”
Matt Chandler,Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; author, The Mingling of Souls and The Explicit Gospel
“I found Women of the Word to be so practical in the way it demystifies serious Bible study. Too many peoplemen and womenopt for just reading a few verses and hoping for some inspiration, rather than discovering the meaning of the text in the sweep of God’s redemptive plan. Women of the Word will help anyone who reads it to find their way deeper into the Word of God without having to be seminary educated, a genius, or even an especially good student. My only caveat is that I wish the title didn’t make it hard for men to read . . . they need it, too.”
Kathy Keller,Assistant Director of Communications, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, New York
“I’ve seen eyes misty with tears as women come to understand for the first time that the Bible is actually, literally God’s Word. What great mercy we have been shownthat the Creator who spoke everything that ever was into existence would give us his Word. Jen Wilkin knows this mercy in the core of her being. She has tasted and seen God’s goodness in his Word, and she doesn’t want a single woman to miss it. Read Women of the Word with your Bible open and your friends alongside you. Think of this book as a maître &dgrave; of a Bible study banquethave a seat, here are your utensils, dig in, and enjoy.”
Gloria Furman, author, Missional Motherhood and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
“Jen lives what she teaches. Her servant heart in unpacking the Scriptures as well as her affection for the women she is teaching is evident the moment you meet her. I’m so glad she was obedient to the Lord’s call to write this book! It has served to clear the fog in my heart and mind when it comes to studying God’s Word, and I absolutely cannot wait to purchase many more copies for the women in my life who I know will love it too!”
Bethany Dillon, singer/songwriter
“This book responds to the feelings-driven, me-centered approach that has too often dominated our study of the Scriptures. Jen encourages women to grow in knowledge of the Word in order to know our Lord. She speaks out of her own joyful and growing experience of learning to dig in. May her voice be joined by many others!”
Kathleen Nielson,author; speaker; senior adviser, The Gospel Coalition
“Reading the Bible can sometimes seem daunting. There are difficult passages, many interpretations, and often so little time to read thoroughly. Jen Wilkin recognizes this and provides tools to help us navigate it all. Women of the Word gives us a blueprint for Bible literacy. If we want to know the God we love, we must engage our minds and know his Word where he reveals himself. Wilkin’s tools may be new for some, but the effort will be worth the reward. Ultimately, it’s about seeing and savoring our Savior.”
Trillia Newbell, author, God’s Very Good Idea; Enjoy; andFear and Faith
“Jen Wilkin’s book is written with a winsomeness and warmth, which makes it easy to read. But she also writes with clarity of purpose that rightly pushes the reader to want to read God’s Word well. The bottom line: this book encourages women to know God better by developing good habits of reading his Word. Amen, sister!”
Jenny Salt, Dean of Students, Sydney Missionary and Bible College
“How can we go deeper than a little dabbling in the Bible for inspiration? Jen Wilkin shows us how in this must-read for every woman interested in teaching and leading Bible discussion groups in your church.”
Nancy Guthrie, author, Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is one of the best I have ever read for practical Bible Study. Jen mentions multiple ways that we often study the Bible wrong and I am guilty of every single one. This book is not only convicting, but it so helpful to teach women how to better approach the Word and make these habits life long. I am a true fan and recommend this book to any woman wanting to have a deeper relationship with the Lord and a better love and appreciation for His Word!
Women of the word is a study that challenges women to dig deeper into the Bible and encourages them to equip, engage, train, and transform their minds as they renew their passion for God’s word. Author Jen Wilkin addresses five ways to study with additional insights and steps to take in your personal study. Study topics like: Study with Purpose, Study with Perspective Study with Patience Study with Process Study with Prayer enable women to take a different approach to reading.As I read this book I realized I was learning and applying without even thinking of it! When people hear the word hermeneutics they often tend to run away and hide in the corner with their hands over their ears, eye s squeezed shut. However, this book is exactly a hermeneutical study. The general focus of this book is bible literacy and how many Christians, especially women, are biblicaly illiterate. I challenge any woman wanting to deeper her faith, grow her understanding, and seek out her Savior even more to read this book. You will not be disappointed. I read this book as an e-book, but it is also available as a paperback. * I received this book from Crossway and am not being compensated for my review.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. I want to preface this by saying that I've never done any Bible study in my life and I'm working right now thorough a yearly daily reading of the Bible this year. Reading through this book, the author mentions methods of reading and studying the Bible that apparently people do that are the "wrong way", and then she gives methods to do it the "correct way". Since I've never done either, I suppose its easier to teach me her correct way and move on. I found her methods to be logical and thoughtful. I can understand how re-reading a passage multiple times would lend to remembering it, not necessarily memorizing it verse for verse. The author leads you in ways of understanding the Bible in ways that work for you, not necessarily parroting others' viewpoints. I've always been a fan of independent thinking. The only question I have for the author would be, if I've never done this before, how would I know the good commentators from the bad commentators?