By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    The Women of the Bible Speak

    Monday, August 23, 2021

    Today I would like to recommend a book that I found very interesting and helpful, The Women of the Bible Speak.

    This book looks at the wisdom of 16 women and their lessons for today. Below is the description on the inside flap.

    The women of the Bible lived timeless stories-by examining them, we can understand what it means to be a woman of faith.

    People unfamiliar with Scripture often assume that women play a small, secondary role in the Bible. But, in fact, they were central figures in numerous biblical tales. It was Queen Esther’s bravery at a vital point in history that saved her entire people. God’s word contains warriors like Jael, judges like Deborah, and prophets like Miriam. The first person to witness Jesus’s resurrection was Mary Magdalene, who promptly became the first Christian evangelist, eager to share the news that would change the world forever.

    In The Women of the Bible Speak, Shannon Bream opens up the lives of sixteen of these biblical women, arranging them into pairs and contrasting their journey. In pairing their stories, Shannon helps us reflect not only on the meaning of each individual woman’s life, but on how they relate to each other and to us.

    From the shepherdesses of ancient Israel who helped raise the future leaders of the people of God to the courageous early Christians, the women in the Bible are some of the most relatable and inspiring characters in the story of salvation. In their lives we can see common struggles to resist bitterness, despair and pride, and to instead find their true selves in faith, hope, and love. In studying these heroes of the faith, we can find wisdom and warnings for how to better navigate our own faith journeys.

    The Women of the Bible Speak outlines the lesson we can take from the valor of Esther, the hope of Hannah, the audacity of Rahab, and the faith of Mary. In broadening each woman’s individual story, Shannon Bream offers us a deeper understanding of each, and wisdom and insights that can transform our own lives today.

    I believe this book will bless you and should be one we go back and read over and over because it is so relatable.



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