Friday, November 20, 2015

#REVIEW: Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler

Title: Wicked Women of the Bible
Series: none
Publisher: Zondervan
Published Date: September 22, 2015
ISBN: 978-0310341680
Genre: Biblical Studies
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My rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: What can Jezebel, the Bible s wickedest queen, reveal about God s holiness and power and even about his sense of humor? What about the Woman at the Well the one with five husbands and a live-in lover? And what of the prostitute whose tears bathe the feet of Jesus in front of people who despise her?

There are also wicked good women like Deborah, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Esther, Mary, and more. What do their lives tell us about God s invincible love and his determined plan to save us?

In Wicked Women of the Bible Ann Spangler tells the stories of twenty wicked and wicked good women in greater detail. At the end of each story, Ann provides a brief section including additional historical and cultural background as well as a brief Bible study in order to enhance the book s appeal to both individuals and groups.

The stories of these women of the Bible reveal a God who is not above it all but who stoops down to meet us where we are in order to extend his love and mercy."

My review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
This book lays out the stories of 20 different women in the Bible, not necessarily evil, though the title of the boom might lead you to believe such. The author is using the word "Wicked" in the Boston sense, meaning things such as "really" or "very", such as " Wicked Old" is the story of Sarah, mother of Isaac. 
I have always enjoyed books that focus on the women in the Bible, as they truly are a strong thread in the fabric of the Christo-Judean beliefs. This book is a good introduction to some of the more famous ones, if you are looking for a quick overview with some fiction wrapped around each of the women to make it a little easier to understand than the dry Scripture. this is a great way to learn how each of these women, no matter how horrible or wonderful, showed the power of God in their lives.
Each chapter also has a short part towards the end of it that is called "The Times", which is a great explanation of the culture at the time of the story. For me, this was the most interesting part to the chapter. At the conclusion of each chapter is a set of questions called " The Takeaway", questions that help you think and contemplate how we can take away lessons and draw closer to God through each woman's story.
I think this book is a good jump off point to find a woman of the Bible to study more about.

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