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 20 wicked 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.
Would you listen to Wicked Women of the Bible again? Why?
There are not many books I listen to more than once. This, however, is a book that deserves more than one listening! The reason is that after one listening, your mind and heart need some time to absorb the story, to reflect on it, to consider the ways that YOU are like this woman whose story is told in the Bible and to hear what this woman has to say to you. At your next reading/listening you will be at a different place in your life and these multi-layered story will give you new thoughts to reflect on and new challenges for your life.
What did you like best about this story?
Ann Spangler's creative writing brings you into the stories. You experience Eve's life outside of the Garden. You feel those flies buzzing around your head, you sense the loss you have experienced, but also the hope for the future.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
My intention when I began listening to the book was to listen to Chapter 1. I found myself at Chapter 5 before I realized how much I had been drawn into the stories.