Dear Friends, Do you have a favorite woman in the Bible? I’ve always loved the Old Testament story of Hannah who wanted child–so much so that she was willing to give the child “back to God” for temple service when he was weaned if God would just answer her prayer. He did and Hannah was blessed with other children while the child Samuel served God. It’s a beautiful story (1 Samuel, chapter 1). It seems we have much to learn from the love, courage and patience of Bible women. Kim Shippey, writing the March 20, 2017 post for my colleague, Ingrid Peschke’s blog, Changing Tides of Health, gives a delightful review of a 2015 book on the women of the Bible. Here’s Kim:
Recently I spent several hours “walking” with some famous women of the Bible—dipping into their lives and their wisdom. I emerged deeply enriched by the traits they modeled and the leadership they exhibited.
Their inspiration has been assembled by a man who has traveled the world lecturing on self-improvement and leadership, John C. Maxwell. He’s titled his book Wisdom from Women in the Bible: Giants of the Faith Speak into our Lives (FaithWords, 2015). And speak they do—right into our lives, firmly and clearly, in just 154 pages.
This might be viewed as a companion book to Running with the Giants (2008) and Learning from the Giants (2014) in which Maxwell expounded on the lessons on life and leadership to be drawn from Old Testament men such as Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jacob, and Daniel, whose lives were transformed by God’s grace.
Many of you will already have your Bible favorites, but let me ease your curiosity by listing the women Maxwell has chosen to discuss in his new book: Ruth, Sarah, Rahab, Hannah, Abigail, Miriam, Mary, Martha, and “the Samaritan woman.”
In each chapter, Maxwell includes a segment titled “Woman to Woman” in which he shares the perspectives of those closest to him, including his 13-year-old granddaughters, who show as much spiritual receptivity as any of the older women members of the family….