Our ladies ministry is doing this study over the summer, but the women in my Sunday School class are unable to attend those sessions. We decided this would be a refreshing break from our usual SS lessons and so are studying this together in our class on Sunday mornings. This had been received very well, I think mostly because we are seeing these women in a fresh new way. Rev MacArthur brings out things in these stories that many had not considered before. The writing style is very conversational while highlighting God's hand in the lives of these women. Far from being outdated, our women find this study to be very relevant and its lessons applicable. Because of time constraints, we do not use the workbook, but use the study guide in the back of the book. Enjoying this study very much!
I read this book in a day. I could not put it down. Mr. MacArthur has an engaging writing style. What floored me most was how he was able to give more information on the prophetess Anna in the New Testament. When ever I read her part in Jesus' history I never paid much attention to her. I wondered how she lived but other than that I'd never thought of her. Mr. MacArthur paints such a wonderful portrait of her with the few simple verse she's in. As for how he approached Hannah, Samuel's Momma, he did the same thing. I never realized that Hannah and her husband had such a bond. He enabled me to see so clearly. I'm excited to read Twelve Ordinary Men, His book on Jesus' Disciples. If you are interested about woman in Old Testament and New Testament History this is a good book to read.