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 (as in bad) 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.
I’m slightly embarrassed but will honestly admit that I don’t always like books that teach me something. Wicked Women of the Bible, however, was the exception – it was awesome! Seriously – the book was awesome! While I do read the Bible, I don’t read it like a book that would start out “once upon a time…..” To be honest, I was a little skeptical about the title of this book. I didn’t know if I was going to like the part about “wicked” – especially since the stories were about Eve, and Sarah, and Naomi and Ruth. But as I read through Wicked Women of the Bible, the title and the author’s thoughts behind it have become very clear to me.
Wicked Women of the Bible was well written, easy to read, and each chapter felt like a little book in itself. I loved that I could read a chapter, put the book down, pick it up a day or two later and read the next chapter and not feel lost. Each chapter shares a different “wicked” woman’s story. The author provides us with the details of each woman’s life and story, and also shows how God reveals Himself in each of their lives. At the end of each chapter there is a “takeaway” where questions are posed that allow us to think even deeper into what we just read. The author also provides detailed information about where you can find more stories on each particular woman within the Bible.
It is apparent that the author spent a great deal of time doing the historical research necessary to prepare for Wicked Women of the Bible. I could also see where she used some “liberal thinking” in the areas of facts that are just unknown to us in this modern world. Each character – each woman – provides us with a great foundation of biblical truth gives us a more clear picture of who these women of the Bible really were and are. The book allows us to put ourselves in each character’s shoes and see their walk from their perspective.
Wicked Women of the Bible made it very clear to me that the Bible itself, from beginning to end, is the world’s greatest storybook that shows us the goodness of God and the surprising ways he reveals himself in the Bible. I could easily see Wicked Women of the Bible being a great tool for group or individual bible studies as well. I’d love to discuss the ladies’ stories with someone else that has read this book too – it’d make for fun conversation.
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