I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. We are settling into a new church and I don't have frequent contact with my role models and my friends from our former church... so Debbie's suggestion to turn to the Bible for mentors couldn't have come at a better time. I appreciated her frequently including the Bible passages discussed - it just bugs me to be knee deep in reading and realize that to understand the next paragraph, I need to look up the passage in the Bible! Not that I mind reading my Bible, but if your Bible isn't right beside you, you have to go get it... mark your place in the book, find the place in the Bible, read it and then go back to the book. I think that is just a little distracting! When a writer puts the passage right there for me to refer to, life is easier!
I enjoyed Debbie Morris' transparency. She shared experiences from her life freely - both times she was successful and times of doubt and failure. She pulled many characteristics from the Bible characters and applied what their lives demonstrated to our lives today. One of my favorite chapters was on submission which is NOT my favorite thing to do. She began with Edith Bunker, as an example of what we think of as submission... and quickly led into Queen Vashti who chose not to submit to King Ahasuerus and then Esther who did choose to submit.
As I continue to study Biblical characters, I will remember illustrations from this book and am eager to pass it on to a friend. It would make a great small group study for a group of women. The study guide in the back goes beyond a few questions to answer.
This book was given to me by Waterbrook/Multnomah but my review is my own personal opinion.
What I like about this book is that it doesn't compare our hurried, busy daily lives to the typical Proverbs 31 woman whose life I don't think I could compare. Debbie brings the good and bad of these women to the reader to show that the things we're going through right now were not unlike those of the women in the Bible stories we read. Plain, simple and practical similarities between me and Eve, Mary, Naomi, Zipporah and Esther?! Who would have thought? But Debbie does a fantastic job of pulling us all together for the ultimate end result: to know God's tenderness and to be fully blessed!
This book was inspiring and delightful. Like the author, I didn't really have any mentors in my life that I could aspire too, and even today I cannot say that I do. This book brought back to me the women in the bible that we can learn from: their victories and mistakes, challenges and struggles. Rereading their stories through the author's words brought refreshing hope and encouragement in how to be a grace-filled woman. We are blessed far beyond what we realize sometimes! I can heartily recommend this book; it fits to all age categories and walks of the Christian life.
This book was great! From page 1 to the end - I felt like I was growing closer to God with each page. In fact I used it as part of my devotional each day. When I finished the book, I was wishing there was more to read. I love it when I get sad that a book is ending.
Debbie Morris, the executive pastor of women's ministry at Gateway Church in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, writes this book with such insight into the Word of God and such wonderful application. It is fun to hear her stories and feel like you are not alone.
She takes us through the lives of some well known women of the Bible, like: Eve, Mary, Esther and through some not so known women, like: Jael and Zipporah. She gives fresh new insight, without straying from the true Word of God. After you read about each woman, you feel like you know them better, understand yourself better, and know the heart and nature of God better, too.
In each chapter, Debbie looks at a different woman from the bible and applies their strengths and struggles to our modern day lives. The author uses each biblical character as a mentor to guide her readers and give them wisdom in their Christian walk. She addresses topics such as insecurity, finding purpose, establishing priorities, letting go, and waiting. She also tells stories of her own life and how these biblical characters have helped to shape her outlook.
I enjoyed this book because she looked at several biblical characters that aren't studied as much such as Jael, Hagar, Zipporah, Miriam, etc. I always enjoy learning about biblical characters and looking at any wisdom I might glean from their timeless stories. This book takes an in depth look at many of the women in the bible and I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about these characters and how their stories might apply to their own modern day lives.