Book Review: 31 Women of the Bible: Who They Were and What We Can Learn from Them Today, by Holman Bible Staff (written by Len Woods)
Len Woods of Holman Bible Staff has written a handy volume profiling 31 women of the Bible. It is the companion volume to 31 Men of the Bible. 20 of the women are found in the pages of the Old Testament and the remaining 11 in the New Testament. Like its companion volume, each profile is 4 pages long. The first page is a famous painting or artwork of the character. The next two pages give a summary of the woman’s life or a snapshot of one scene from her life. The final page contains a “Takeaway” or key principle for application as well as a “Food for Thought” section which contains 3-4 questions for discussion.
The book is designed as a devotional aid or a tool for daily study. It is small enough to carry in a backpack or briefcase for reading on the go.
The book was written to remind readers of Scripture of three great truths: (1) Women have played an indispensable role in the great story of the Bible; (2) Bible people were flawed, flesh-and-blood folks—not unlike us; and (3) The most vivid and valuable lessons come not from a lecture but from a life.
It appears the book aims to whet people’s appetite for further study. Rather than being an exposition of a biblical text or an exhausting study of the character’s life, each account tells a story from the life of the individual. Some include one verse while others contain several Scripture references. The various accounts will challenge, encourage, warn, and help the reader.
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