Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Most of you have faced a shattering loss at some point in your life.
Or maybe someone betrayed you. Many of us have wounds inflicted by others—by a spouse, parents, children, siblings, or friends.
Some of us imposed wounds on ourselves by the choices we made.
Sometimes we suffer because God seems silent; we feel He has let us down.
Grief. Illness. Financial problems. Scars. Heartache.
Wounds. We all have them.
Would you like to find perspective and healing and hope for those wounds? If so, Dena Dyer and Tina Samples’ new book will bless your heart.
In Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts, Dena and Tina offer an in-depth look at women of the Bible and their wounds, and then pair their stories with those of modern-day women, everyday women like me. Yes, I am honored that Dena and Tina included a story from my memoir, Grandma’s Letters from Africa, in their anthology.
From Tina’s website:
“Imploding relationships, incapacitating losses, injurious personal mistakes, or spiritual failures—whatever the issue, the wounds are the same. Whether it’s a lapse in judgment by Bathsheba or the moral failure of the women’s ministry leader in your local church; the spiritual insensitivity of Martha or the compulsive obsessions of your church’s care circle chairwoman; the terror of an abandoned single mother like Hagar or the struggling single mother in your prayer group—the time and circumstances are different, but the wounds are equally deep and spiritually devastating.”
Dena and Tina write:
“Our heartfelt prayer is that while reading the stories we’ve shared … you would find His peace for your pain, His joy in the midst of your trials, and His hope for your heartache.”
From the back cover:
“Dena Dyer and Tina Samples don’t pray this prayer lightly for their readers.… In this book, they … [seek] models of Scripture’s wounded women to lead the way to healing.… If you’ve never thought of women playing much of a role in the Bible, or of having much to teach the modern woman, you’re in for a surprise.”
Wounded Women of the Bible includes a Bible study for individuals and groups who want to dig deeper. Consider this Bible study for your church’s women’s groups: it’s a Bible study for women of all ages.
Read more at Tina’s website and at Dena’s website, and you can order Wounded Women of the Bible at Amazon.