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Through engaging storytelling, Dorothy Valcarcel reveals the lives of eighteen New Testament women who knew Jesus personally. They were broken, needy, lonely, flawed, or empty, but Jesus cared about them and took time to meet their needs. With a narrative that takes readers from biblical times to the modern day, Valcarcel defines the kind of everlasting love for which every woman longs--the kind that lifts her up, holds her tight, and never lets her go.
Author Bio & Story
Dorothy Valcárcel's Story: From a tragic accident to a touching book
Told by Dorothy Valcárcel:
It was Thursday, August 28, around 6:00 p.m.,: my husband Jim and I were returning home from a business trip in California. We were on the western outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona when the unthinkable happened. A desperate young man, wishing to kill himself, intentionally sat in his car in the middle of the freeway and, without warning, drove his car as fast as it would go into oncoming traffic - into the car we were driving.
The police and investigators told us later the force of the impact was over 145 miles per hour. We were struck head-on. The initial impact killed the young man instantly and left me and my husband fighting for our lives in a wreckage of such twisted metal that at first the police couldn't even tell what kind of car we were in. As one policeman said to a local newspaper reporter, "It was the most violent wreck Id ever seen."
Both Jim and I sustained over 35 broken bones, and many of our bones were shattered and crushed in bits and pieces. For days our lives hung in the balance. However, day by day, with too many surgeries and treatments to mention, the excellent medical care and the powerful prayers of people around the world, put us in a position where our family and friends could breathe easier, finally believing we had a chance to survive.
The day after I was moved out of Intensive Care and taken off the ventilator, Sister Laurana, a tall elderly woman who worked at the hospital, walked into my room and told me, "I was in the emergency room the night they brought you in. We never thought you would live. You lost so much blood and had so many broken bones." Then a huge smile came over her face and she took my broken, crushed and casted left hand in hers. "But you did live. You know Dorothy, someday you will be doing something and it will hit you, 'My life was spared for this.'"
We spent 4 months in the hospital and another 2 years learning to move and walk again. Despite that, I faced night after night not being able to sleep. I'd wake up for hours each and every night - for years. One night, in utter desperation and misery, I screamed out to God, "Isn't the pain in all these fractured bones enough for one girl? Now, I can't sleep." I wasn't just miserable, I was angry.
In the midst of my sleepless pain and agony that night, I decided to make use of my time and read the gospel of John. As I read, something special grabbed my attention: the way Jesus interacted with women. I was intrigued and began to search the Scriptures and found more instances of the ways Jesus touched women's lives. Before long, the rough draft for the book began, and six years later, When A Woman Meets Jesus is now being published.
From this experience, I can say that God is the One I trust, for He knows what is best for each one of us - hanging onto God's hand is the only way to walk, especially when you can't see what's ahead! And from the wreckage of unanticipated and capricious events in our lives, a garden will grow and bloom from the seeds of love He has planted.
St. Francis of Assisi (1182 - 1226)
Though they seem worlds apart from us, the women of New Testament times had similar heartaches and desires. They too were ambitious, worried, broken, lonely, insecure, and unfulfilled. They may have wondered how some unusual man from Galilee could possibly understand their needs. And then they met him.
When a Woman Meets Jesus recounts eighteen powerful stories of women who were transformed by the perfect, unconditional love of the Savior. Rather than trivializing their problems or ignoring women, Jesus responded to their deepest needs. He reminded them of their value and transformed their past, present, and future.
Jesus brought new life to the women he encountered face-to-face, and he will do the same for you. Let this engaging book introduce you to the man who loves you like no other.
NinieHouston, TXAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great!August 24, 2014NinieHouston, TXAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Our women's ministry is studying this book & attendance has grown from 15 to 35 because of the book. A different lady teaches each chapter so the different situations are almost true when explained by someone who has felt that way. Everyone can relate to a chapter or two.
Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5When a Woman Meets Jesus she finds loveApril 29, 2014Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I questioned God why there wasn't more on his love for women in the Bible. And I won the book "Women in the Bible". His answer. 18 women who walked the earth with Jesus right along with his disciples clear to his resurrection.
Broken, flawed, empty, rejected and so many characteristics these women possessed until they met Jesus. You can find yourself in more than one of these women - and they were not perfect. These are all women of the New Testament.
When Jesus meets women, he doesn't condemn, put down or demean them in any way. He loves them where they are with all their flaws and offers them hope. He believes in them and gives them someone to believe in.
I highly recommend this book as a devotional.
shorton1958Winchester TNAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good book. I love reading her devotionals too!September 7, 2011shorton1958Winchester TNAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very good book. Written well and easy to understand. I like the way she explains Bible verses. It seems like it's a friend speaking to you.
Beatrice Williams4 Stars Out Of 5May 24, 2010Beatrice Williamsfound this book to be totally amazing,the way the auther looks at these women's lives and see what we never thought about is so profound and up lifting one by one these woman are seen a new I love this book it was a blessing to me and every woman I have shared the stories with.. Beatrice Williams
The Upper Room Christian Books5 Stars Out Of 5March 14, 2010The Upper Room Christian BooksI have had the honor of reading this book. It is one I rate @ 5 stars. My church has a woman's Bible study on Tuesdays. We just walked through this dynamic study. This book will be a great study for Christian women everywhere.
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