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As working women struggle to find mentors in today's society, Working Women of the Bible asks, what if the women of Scripture are the very mentors we've been looking for?
Most working women today understand they can never be Superwoman. But if Superwoman is unattainable, whom are we trying to emulate? Is the Bible completely outdated, or does it offer a blueprint, full of real-life, culturally relevant examples for the twenty-first century working woman? Can we actually find female mentors in the Bible--women who defied cultural norms and held positions of power and influence?
Working Women of the Bible confronts these questions with heart and humor, and offers surprisingly simple yet potentially life-altering answers.
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2013
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Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Biblical role models for women todayApril 25, 2013Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Working Women of the Bible is a look at some of the women we know from the Bible and how we can use them as role models for today's working woman. The idea of being Superwoman isn't as prevalent today as it was in the past, but most working women are trying to find a balance in their life. The idea of having a mentor to emulate is appealing to most, but does the Bible really have women who are culturally relevant that a 21st century woman can relate to in modern terms?
Working Women of the Bible asks these questions and answers them in a manner that is both candid and with a touch of humor. These women and their lives may be surprisingly more like yours than you imagined.
Very good look at the lives of women we are familiar with in the pages of Scripture, but takes a closer look at their lives. Too many people, even today, tend to overlook the contributions made by women who are featured in the Bible (except for feeling intimidated by the standards of the Proverbs 31 Woman), and I do like this fresh look at some who don't necessarily get the recognition they deserve. Looking at them from the perspective of a working woman, along with the discussion questions at the end of each chapter, gives us a new respect for their accomplishments and a new way for us to apply these principles to our own lives.
I must admit that I did not agree with the author on everything. There were a couple of comments that led me into my Bible to see if a point was valid. For example, she called Eve the first woman to hold twin boys. I have not seen any Scriptural reference to back up that claim...but it is not a deal-breaker for me. On others, I either agreed after further research or still felt it was a reach to draw that conclusion. Bottom line was that none of them were fundamental issues I will not budge on, and I am certainly not going to complain because someone said something to make me read my Bible! After all, isn't that the point of a Bible Study?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Leafwood Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Biblical insights for working womenApril 17, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Susan is a Christian, wife, mother, and lawyer who has been working outside the home since her twelve-year-old son was born. She looks at the working women of the Bible as mentors. She has concentrated on women who worked outside the home or had positions of spiritual or political influence.
Eve made a mess of the work for which God created her. We'll learn lessons about work the hard way too, but we don't give up on God.
Rahab had the occupation no woman wants. She probably used sex to gain advantage in the business world (she owned an inn). Yet God provided a way out her her terrible situation - and she was ready.
Deborah was a woman who new responsibility but was not power hungry. She was a work-at-home mom and God found her faithful. We learn from Deborah, "Start small. Be faithful. Be willing to go big or go home." (53)
With incredible insight, Deborah investigates the biblical accounts of thirteen women. From Jezebel we find that evil does not discriminate and that a life of evil will not have a happy ending. Huldah reminds us that God often uses unknown women for greatness. From the widow in debt we learn we must ask for help. Esther gives us advise on how to approach our temperamental boss. From the Proverbs 31 woman comes the lesson on integrating work and family - blending rather than juggling. Martha evidences the folly of thinking our performance earns favor with God. Lydia helps us find our own bold style. (Susan is convinced Lydia liked to shop.) Priscilla reminds us that men and women can work well together.
Susan wraps up her book with a chapter on Jesus modeling, valuing, and transforming work.
This book would best be used by relatively new Christians for a thirteen week study (good discussion questions are found at the end of each chapter). Susan retells each of the women's stories and that might be redundant for seasoned Christians. The study will appeal to working women at all levels of jobs or careers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Jenny Lee SulpizioIdahoAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5January 12, 2013Jenny Lee SulpizioIdahoAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wait, you mean to tell me that Eve might have endured some of the same issues in motherhood that I struggle with today? And that women like Ruth, Huldah, and even Rahab herself share commonalities (in the work place) with the likes of little, old me? After taking an in-depth look into the life and times of the "Working Women of the Bible," author Susan DiMickele beautifully equips each of her readers with plenty of insight, perspective, and too many "a-ha" moments to count-all while delivering a healthy dose of humor as readers further identify with (and actually relate to) their foremothers from so many moons ago. As history has proven and as this publication reiterates, God will continually call upon the unqualified to lead, arming them for success in His name and for His cause. "Amen" for that_and "Amen" for this book.
-Jenny Lee Sulpizio, Author of "Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe."