Who They Were and What We Can Learn From Them Today is scrolled along the bottom of this hardcover book and is definitely an accurate description of its contents.
The book itself is beautifully bound and worth a place on the bookshelf. It can be read in one sitting or used as a monthly bible study. Within the first couple of pages the purpose is stated in three concise points:
Women have played an indispensable role in the great story of God.
Bible people were flawed, flesh-and-blood folks–not unlike us.
The most vivid and valuable lessons come not from a lecture but from life. (pgs. 4-5)
The women from the Old and New Testaments are presented chronologically as they are discussed in Scripture. A focal verse, a summary of their story according to the Word, and discussion follow. The reader is given The Takeaway (life lessons) and Food For Thought (3 discussion questions).
The writing is relevant with a modern twist and will be easy for the twenty-first century gal to connect with. However, I would encourage anyone to open their Bible and read about the woman within the context of the whole passage.
Overall, I found this book helpful in my own study. I recently lost a mentor/mother figure who had been by my side for over twenty years. Learning from legacies past—Godly legacies at that—is vital to ourselves and to our children. My eyes were opened to many new thoughts and ideas, and I found myself relating on several different levels, praying through struggles that are not new, and certainly not a surprise to my Creator.
My only criticism is that I, personally, found the artwork, though magnificent in its craft, distracting when imagining reality.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.