I would like to thank Family Christian for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for sharing my honest opinion. “Wicked Women of the Bible” is available for pre-order now at Family Christian and will be available in stores on September 22nd.
I was instantly intrigued when I read the title of this book. I’ve always wanted to know more about women like Jezebel and Delilah. I was so excited when I go the book that book I opened it to a random chapter, “A Wicked Woman of the Night: The Story of Rahab”, and started reading. I was not entirely surprised to see that Rahab had made her way into the book. She was an innkeeper and as such it’s presumed that she ran a brothel and perhaps was a prostitute herself. So how did a woman of the night make her way into the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11)? Because she chose to help Jewish spies and trust that their God would spare her and her family. I enjoyed the way in which author Ann Spangler shared Rahab’s story so much that I kept reading. I was much more surprised to see that Deborah was the protagonist of the next chapter. How is it that a judge, prophetess, and mighty warrior made her way into a book about wicked women?
A little bewildered, I decided to flip to the beginning of the book and read the introduction. Within the pages of the intro she shares that wanted to keep with the oral tradition of the Bible and do her “best to reimagine the stories of some of the Bible’s most fascinating women in order to bring them to life for contemporary readers”. In my opinion, she nailed it. She doesn’t contradict or stray from the Bible like so many biblically inspired movies do. She fleshes out each of the women in such a way that I can identify with all of them, even the “wicked bad” women. Through her writing style, be it in the main story or in the Takeaway section that follows, she prompts me to wonder about their insecurities and fears. I start to question their motives and wonder how their story would have turned out if they allowed God to lead them. As for women such as Deborah and Esther, they were included in the book because Spangler’s “aim has not been simply to highlight the stories of some of the Bible’s worst women but also to explore the stories of those who might be considered ‘wicked good’ or ‘wicked smart’.”
The timing of receiving this advanced copy could not have been more perfect. For the past several months I’ve been feeling underqualified, not good enough to do the work I feel God is calling me to do. Reading the stories within “Wicked Women of the Bible” has reminded me not only of God’s character, but that He can use anyone in His story. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the women of the Bible, or wondered how God could use someone like you, this book is for you.
I just read this on the “Wicked Women of the Bible” site: Pre-order Wicked Women of the Bible before September 22, 2015 and receive a free copy of Wicked Men of the Bible. This 40-page ebook includes the stories of Cain and Jonah. Simply email a copy of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive your email, we’ll email you back the PDF of Wicked Men of the Bible and you can begin your wicked study right away!
10/06 Update: I am attempting to offer the first giveaway on this blog using an autogenerated giveaway widget. I’m hoping it works.
Well, from what I can tell you need to click on this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway
10/12 Update: The giveaway is closed and the winner is Helene!