Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Bible Sisters" Book Review -- and Giveaway

Bible Sisters is a rare daily devotional dedicated to the women in the Bible, and it's for all of the women of God.   There are both well-known and unknown women in it, women named and women whose names we will never know.

The devotional is numbered but not dated, which could be both a detriment or an asset.  It means that you can pick it up and start any day (not necessarily on January 1), but it also means that you need to keep track daily of where you are and how far you have come.

I loved the variety of women and their stories:  from Eve and "the first woman" (the very first readings) to tragic figures like Dinah and downright villainesses like Jezebel, from Simon's mother-in-law,  to "A Capable Wife", Jephthah's daughter and the women who were silenced in the churches.  From the last story she draws the lesson that there are times when we should ALL be silent in church, gleaning encouragements and exhortations for us from every story she shares.  This devotional is particular encouragement for women to claim their gifts, based on the stories she shares.

Some of the women have more than one entry devoted to them.  Shiprah and Puah have their story told in three parts.  Well-known women like Sarah and Miriam recur, showing different aspects of their stories.

If you are interested, leave a comment under this post on Facebook, and I will enter your name in a drawing of a copy of this book.  I highly recommend it for its scholarship and accessibility.

Bible Sisters is written by the Rev. Dr. Gennifer Benjamin Brooks, who is the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Preaching and the director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

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