Friday, November 13, 2015

Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler

Title:  Wicked Women of the Bible
Author:  Ann Spangler
Pages:  224
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Zondervan
My rating is 4 stars.
The first point Ann brings to light is both the negative definition of the word “wicked” and the way it is used as slang.  Such as “that movie was wicked I want to see it again!”  So the characters we learn about in the study are those women who were wicked and displeased God.  We also learn of “wickedly” awesome women we may want to be like as we learn from them in the Bible.
I learned Ann has written other books along this line and that she isn’t a trained theologian, but a woman who desires to help women draw near to the Author of the Bible.  Like Ann shares with us, in ancient times stories were passed down orally from one generation to the next.  God in His sovereignty in His time took the oral tradition and brought it to print down through generations to today.  What a God He is who loves us before we loved Him, and He continues to invite us to sit at His feet and learn.
Each chapter quotes from the Bible and then readers can read a fictionalized account that might help them cement the women studied in their minds and hearts.  Afterwards, we are told a little about the time in which the people lived and the event took place.  Let us never forget these were real people who lived, loved, followed God or disobeyed Him among other actions.
Whether readers do this study in a group setting or alone with the Lord, there are questions which help us contemplate, remember and encourage us to grow in Him.  The study isn’t just for head knowledge, but for heart knowledge leading to a life that is transformed by His Word.
There are 20 chapters with which to enjoy, be encouraged or exhorted.  We can learn from those who were wicked as in evil as well as we can learn from those who just were women who chose to do or say as He directed.  I hope that you will delve into the 20 women Ann highlights and consider sharing what the Lord shows you with another person who wants to grow with you using this study.  The study is not an end-all, but a beginning.  When you are done, consider studying further any of the women who you learned from and want to know more about from the Bible.

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