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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Christian Focus
|Publication Date: 2011|
Women's Evangelical Commentary: Old TestamentDorothy Kelley Patterson, Rhonda Harrington KelleyHolman Reference / 2011 / Hardcover$33.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Women's Evangelical Commentary: New TestamentDorothy Kelley Patterson, Rhonda Harrington KelleyHolman Reference / 2011 / Hardcover$28.99 Retail:
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Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible and What He Wants to Do with YouJohn MacArthurThomas Nelson / 2008 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 95 Reviews
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Many women impacted upon the life of Moses. The woman who bore him, the young girl who shadowed him, and the foreigner who raised him are just three of the key influencers on his life. Their actions meant that a Hebrew child was reared as a prince of Egypt and became one of the greatest leaders of all time.
Each woman who influenced the life of Moses was guided by God to bring his plans to pass. As you read about their lives you will discover the unique role women have to be mightily used of God too.
Patterson's short, engaging devotions are packed with interesting facts backed by Scripture, along with a short prayer at the end. She walks readers through the lives of Moses' mother, sister, adoptive mother, and others. Readers learn about and are motivated by the inspiring lives of the women around this famous leader of the Israelites.
Through Patterson's devotional, readers can learn how to be great mothers, amazing leaders, and wonderful women of God. Whereas her writing is interesting, it is often hard to focus when she repeats herself. On the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, readers discover exciting new nuggets of information which are only briefly covered in Scripture. For instance, Moses first wife was named Zipporah. Geneses 17:14 says, "Any uncircumcised male who has not been circumcised in the flesh will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant." Although Moses knew Gods command, he disobeyed and it was only by Zipporah's brave intervention that he was not separated from God.
Although the book's material was fascinating, Patterson's presentation was not particularly reader-friendly. The lengthy sentences made it difficult not only to read but also to understand. As a reader, I often found myself having to reread a sentence. Then I had to fight my way through all the exclamation points in order to understand the meaning of the devotional. While it is good to have the occasional exciting punctuation in writing, over-usage of exciting punctuation often leaves the reader feeling lost or as if Patterson was yelling at her.
Overall, Touched by Greatness is an interesting devotional that will uplift and encourage mothers of all ages. I would recommend this book to women who are looking for inspiration in their own life or are searching for a better understanding of the women in Exodus. Anna Williams, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"Dorothy Patterson speaks to the very heart of women. In this insightful book you will find a kindred spirit."
"Dorothy Patterson helps us understand what it was to be a woman touched by the visionary, creative, and courageous life of Moses."
"This is one of the best books on women I have ever read! It is thoroughly engaging, practically enriching and extremely relevant for women today."
"Behind every great man . . . are many influential women! Dorothy Patterson's book illustrates that truth through an insightful look at the women in the life of Moses. I enthusiastically recommend Touched by Greatness."
"The vignettes encourage, edify, challenge, and motivate women of all ages, regardless of their giftedness or social status, to offer themselves as vessels to be used to glorify their heavenly Father."
"This extensive and eloquently written work tells the inspirational stories of women who overcame major challenges and setbacks allowing God to do the work He intended through the life of Moses. Without these women who were willing to go against the norm to protect and preserve family, Moses would not have lived to accomplish what God intended. It is absolutely one of the most fascinating books written about the significance mothers and women play in family life."