Not often do I recommend a book to someone before I finish reading it, but The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp is one that I knew my grandparents would enjoy for a Bible study and so when we were at a Christian bookstore recently, that is exactly what I did. This little book is packed full of interesting facts and tidbits and studies about some of the most impactful women in the Bible.
Sure, we all know about Mary and Elizabeth and Rahab, but this character study also delves into some of the lesser known (or thought of, much less preached on) ladies in the Bible, such as Lydia and Phoebe. There are 31 chapters total in this study and each chapter features a different lady. Each chapter begins with a quote from a well-known source (such as writings of Charles Spurgeon or John Milton) some background information on the woman and perhaps the area she is from or the customs of the time and of course where exactly she is found at in the Bible for your reference. After you become a little more familiar with the lady, Aaron and Elaina explain what makes this lady important and what we can take away from each lady’s life and how God used that particular’s life for His purpose. If you are a numbers person, they give a list of significant numbers in this characters life (ie how much money the widow who gave 2 mites actually amounted to in currency the modern reader can understand). At the end of each chapter are some questions to ponder that would also make good discussion questions for a small group study or just for the reader to think about.
While some of the chapters are quite a bit shorter than others, The Most Important Women of the Bible is not a shallow character study. It is chocked full of interesting information and many times I wished I had my highlighter or a pen with me as I was reading because there were several points that struck a chord with me and really got me to thinking about situations in my life. And some of the points, I felt God tugging on my heartstrings. Now that I have fully read it, I will still say that I do recommend it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, young, or old; there is something everyone can take out of and being written by a husband and wife team, it is not overly flowery to where it would lose a guy, but it add richness to the context of the study.
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I received this book free courtesy of Bethany House Publisher’s Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.