|Wonder Women of the Bible: Heroes of Yesterday Who Inspire Us Today|
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Meet a group of gutsy gals who accomplished great things for God! Highlighting admirable attributes such as courage, faith, love, humility, independence, and wisdom, Poinsett draws vivid portraits of ordinary women who were empowered by their faith. Follow in their footsteps and you, too, will become an extraordinary servant of God!
Brenda Poinsett specializes in working with women who want a new sense of belief in themselves and with adults who want to draw closer to Christ through prayer and celebration.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I'm a Christian communicator with a passion for learning and teaching. What life-changing concepts I learn, I want to share with others.
This passion began when I taught Sunday school as a teen-ager in Ramsey, Illinois, my home town. Later, it intensified as I taught Sunday school in various places, taught public high school students, earned a master's of religious education degree at Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary (Texas) and served as an adjunct instructor at Oakland University's Bedford (Indiana) campus.
When my husband Bob changed jobs in 2000, we moved from Bedford to Union, Missouri, and I moved from the formal classroom to a wider and more varied teaching arena. Building on the sturdy foundation of my formal education, years of intense Bible study and prayer, and the wisdom gained from life experiences, I now speak, lead retreats, teach at conferences, write books and serve as a women's ministry consultant.
How did you become interested in writing?
From those early Sunday school teaching years, I've been like Jeremiah: "His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones" (20:9 KJV) so I've been more interested in sharing a message than writing per se. Because the opportunities for women giving messages in my denomination were limited, I needed to be a writer to have a platform to share life-changing knowledge.
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
When I directed and spoke at retreats for women in their middle years, my committee chose "The Wonder Years" for the theme. We all loved the theme but when I started preparing the three talks for the weekend, it was difficult coming up with material. As I prayed about the theme, I knew I wanted to raise their appreciation level of themselves and each other - to marvel at who they are as women. I needed some biblical examples as the basis for the message so "The Bible's Wonder Women" was born. Later a church contacted me about speaking, so I gave them "The Bible's Wonder Women" as one of the choices for topics. They took it and ran with the idea, and then two years later invited me back to give the talk again. While I have been invited back to many of the places where I've spoken, this church is the only one to invite me back to give the very same talk. Their interest prompted me to think that perhaps "The Bible's Wonder Women" ought to be a book and that was reinforced by noticing over and over again how women need to be encouraged to be all they can be.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
Women can be strong, smart, resourceful, loving, and even independent and be an important part of God's kingdom.
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
More than a specific lesson, I would like to rekindle the "ah" in a woman's life. I want her to rejoice in who she is, delight in the strengths of women, and marvel at God's awareness of her.
|Do you have a favorite part of the book or a favorite chapter?
The last part of the book on biblical women who experience wonder is my favorite part although I also get a kick out of part 4 which is about biblical women who did incredulous things.
|What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today? |
The uniqueness of this book is "wonder." I don't know of another book on women of the Bible with this particular emphasis. There are books about bad girls of the Bible, desperate women of the Bible, women of faith, etc. but not wonder women of the Bible.
|How does the book intertwine with God¹s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
This book gives me another opportunity (this is my 14th book) to share the "burning fire shut up in my bones."
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? What is it and why is it important to you?
My favorite Scripture verse is Jeremiah 32:17-19. Every day I pray this prayer of Jeremiah's with a few additional phrases to make the prayer my own. Here's the way I say it:
"Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. You show your love to thousands and you have certainly shown it to me. O great and powerful God, whose name is the Lord Almighty, great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of men and women, and I know you see me today. You reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve. I pray today that you will help me have conduct worthy of reward."
This prayer keeps me moving forward, anticipating that God can and will continue to use me as one of his spokespersons.
Are there any authors that either influenced you personally or influenced your style of writing? Who are they and how did they influence you?
Authors that influenced me personally are Rosalind Rinker and William Barclay. No authors have influenced my style of writing but some good editors certainly have: Liz Heaney, Rebecca England and Vicki Crumoton. I'm very grateful to these three women for helping me communicate the messages God gives me.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I like to read, cook, work with plants (inside and outside the house), spend time with family, and have lunch with friends.
Thank you for taking the time to answer a few of our questions. As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
Another "fire" building in my bones is about jealousy, envy and coveting. I would be interested in hearing from believers who have observations or questions about these emotions. They may contact me through my website: BrendaPoinsett.com