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Not What You'd Expect -
August 30, 2015
I have to disagree with the reviews presented here. Our Bible Study group purchased this book with high hopes for a couple of months of good discussion of Bible history and the contribution of women. The book did not live up to the promise. Mr. del Masto misrepresents the culture of the time, trying to make it into our modern culture instead of helping us understand the true culture of the Bible. He is contemptuous of the young women in the stories, presenting them as spoiled, temperamental brats with few mental capabilities. He presents the older women in most stories as carping, fish-wife type women who complain and bad-mouth everybody and everything. And he has no compulsions about changing the facts of the Bible if needed to make his story come out right. We came to the book to learn and have stimulating discussions about the women presented. For my part, Mr. del Mastro told stories that enraged me with their condescension, failed to teach me a single thing about the women or the Bible, and proved to be a shallow, unpleasant waste of time.
I borrowed a friend's book for a project I was working on and found it to be so useful I decided to order my own copy. An excellent resource for anyone who wants to enhance a Bible study or just learn more about the women in the Bible.
I first read about Deborah, and gloried in her strength. then about Bathsheba and wept for the loss of her soul mate, while admiring the fortitude of one so dislodged. The pieces on Mary were amazing. This work is truly inspired, and I am better for the reading! I will be gifting this book to others for some time!