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Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Women! This Devotional Book Is For You!December 31, 2013Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you are looking for a good devotional for Women, this is it. I started this book on January 1, 2013 and finished it today December 31, 2013. I was amazed at how many times while reading this devotional it spoke directly to me. I felt I was not on life's journey alone. I have had my eyes opened, I have been chastised to do better, I have felt love and understanding. I love how God uses a book to speak to you. This devotional will Bless you each and every day.
LisaSalt Lake CityAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great way to begin your dayNovember 10, 2011LisaSalt Lake CityAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very powerful devotional! Dianne has a way of bringing the women of the Bible alive in a way that I have never experienced them before. She is amazing in the way she takes relevant situations for today and weaves them into the stories of the women of the Bible. We are given a chance to escape for a minute and dwell on what is really important in our lives. This book is a wonderful way to start out your day! I would recommend getting it not only for yourself, but also for all of the women you know. Great job, Dianne!
Cindy Rooy5 Stars Out Of 5March 12, 2009Cindy RooyDianne Matthews writes articulately and accurately connecting women of the Bible with concerns we all have in this day. Her devotionals are relevant, interesting, and easy to read.
Janie5 Stars Out Of 5January 7, 2009Janie"Sometimes" women can feel a little disconnected as scripture can appear to be rather male oriented. This book helps women to see and understand how significant and important we are as women. Our christian walk as a women is strentghened in this book and helps women to realize that we are not alone. Highly recommended!
Kathi Macias5 Stars Out Of 5October 19, 2007Kathi MaciasAuthor Dianne Neal Matthews knows her stuffboth scripturally and practicallyand she knows how to interweave the two to bring biblical accounts to life and make them relevant for todays modern woman. What a great way to journey through the Bible in a year and become acquainted with the women whose stories fill its pages, even while becoming more intimately acquainted with yourself and who you are as a woman today. Great job!
Author: Dianne Neal Matthews
Located in: Seymour, IL
Submitted: December 14, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in west Tennessee, but have lived in east central Illinois since 1982. My husband and I have been married 33 years and we have three grown children and one absolutely gorgeous granddaughter.
I started writing in 1999 after attending my first writers' conference (Write-to-Publish)at Wheaton College. Since then, I've written devotionals, articles, newspaper features for my hometown newspaper, and two books.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to examine the lives of Biblical women and see what life lessons their stories hold for women today. What can we learn from their successes, their failures, the way they interacted with God and with other people? Even the women who are barely mentioned in the Bible are included for a purpose. I also wanted to take a more in-depth look at these women's lives than many commentaries do--to try to understand their motivations, their emotions, and the influences that led them to make the choices that they did.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My desire would be for readers to have a renewed appreciation for how relevant God's Word is to contemporary life. Even though the women in the Bible had different lifestyles, they faced the same basic problems, emotions, needs, and struggles that we do today. They also had the opportunity to follow the same God Who still reaches out to women today and longs to make them His daughters. I hope the devotionals offer women comfort and encouragement in their daily walk with this God Who never changes.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Once I made the effort to relate to Biblical women on a personal level, from the perspective of my own experiences and emotions, they became more real to me than before. I discovered some kindred spirits along the way. They also taught me some surprising things about myself. For example, Delilah's nagging showed me that sometimes I have a similar unspoken attitude toward God: "If you really loved me..." Although I've never killed a man with a tent peg like Jael, I have been guilty of using killing words like Michal.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I consider the biggest influence on my writing to be the many years of Precept Bible studies that I've done. These inductive studies, along with Kay Arthur's teaching, helped me build a solid foundation in God's Word before I began writing. I love to read classic literature by authors like Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, and Jane Austen. I also get inspired by creative writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Nature and history are also great sources of inspiration for me.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Readers can learn more about my writing at my website: DianneNealMatthews.com, or by visiting my profile on Shoutlife.com.
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