Thursday, October 01, 2015

Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler

Wicked Women of the Bible

By Ann Spangler
Published by Zondervan


Book Description

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.

About the Author

Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, and The One Year Devotions for Women. She is also coauthor of Women of the Bible and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus and the general editor of the Names of God Bible. Ann’s fascination with and love of Scripture have resulted in books that have opened the Bible to a wide range of readers. She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Website: http://www.annspangler.com/

Blog: http://www.annspangler.com/category/blog/


Here's my review of this amazing read:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Ann Spangler and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Wicked Women of the Bible" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler is a special book.  Looking at the word “wicked” from the bad spectrum and the good gives this read a unique flavor.  There are 20 biographies of females from the Bible, each a short review of a life we know through Scripture with some educated speculation sprinkled on to add dimension.

This well-written book is a delight to accompany your study of the Bible and the stories of these wicked women.  Read them in order or pick a favorite character like Abigail, Tamar, Mary Magdelene (Thank you, Ann, for not perpetuating the prostitution myth), Deborah and Jael, Sarah, Eve.  Lots of footnotes add greater understanding to the Scriptures.  Each chapter is closed with a list of several takeaways from the woman’s life.  This would be a beautiful book to use in a woman’s Bible study or a Christian book discussion group.

 

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