Friday, December 2, 2016

31 Women of the Bible

Title:  31 Women of the Bible
Author:  Holman Bible Staff
Pages:  144
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Holman Reference
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Overall reading short snippets about different women mentioned in Scripture was interesting.  Some of the written snippets were written better than others, and each included three questions to ponder. When I read a book like 31 Women of the Bible, I try to remain open to glean the nuggets of wisdom that seem to leap off the page.  The questions to me ranged from helpful to thinking the questions were not pointing to the deeper meaning of the women’s’ lives they were sharing.
One could read this within a short amount of time or use it as part of their devotion time.  My suggestion would be to always read from the Bible anything about the woman being portrayed in the book before reading the day’s snippet.  A book like this is a good way to introduce women of the Bible in a way that hopefully launches people to look to how these women point to God or Jesus.
There were a couple of snippets that were written in a way that seemed to not focus seriously on the woman or what she experienced.  I personally didn’t care for the misrepresentation of what the women may have looked like as they seemed to be of European descent and these were women far removed from those portraits included in the book.  As long as one reads looking for what God may be speaking to them, then one will come away with something to ponder on.  But don’t stop there, look at a concordance to find any reference in Scripture about these women to get an accurate portrayal of who there were, where they lived or what their lives were like historically.

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