(I received a free copy from Chosen, a Division of Baker Publishing to review here on Books and Beverages!)
God values women and has used them throughout history to do amazing, incredible things and change the world. Fearless Daughters of the Bible by J. Lee Grady is a fantastic study and read about some of these amazing women. Looking at 22 different women in the bible, Lee Grady provides insight into gifts God has given women throughout history. Not only did Lee Grady use biblical women of faith, but also stories of amazing women throughout history who followed their faith and believed the Lord created them for something bigger.
I really appreciated a study that looked at all kinds of roles in the bible (from the well known women Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Mary to characters I haven’t studied much like the daughters of Zelophehad, Achsah, Priscilla and Jehosheba).
Each chapter left me with something to think about and not just push through reading. (To help the process, there were discussion questions and prayers at the end of each chapter). I was encouraged, convicted and inspired.
This is definitely a book I would go through again with other women. I think there is still so much to learn from the book and these women!
Here’s a handful of quotes to leave you with:
- Sarah was chosen for a starring role in God’s redemptive plan, but it was not because of her qualifications or pedigree.
- The Bible is full of gusty women who stuck their necks out to speak when it was not culturally proper. Heaven smiled on these women. And God knows we need more of them today.
- Scripture does not offer us a sanitized view of life. The Bible is raw. It tells us how God works with broken, sinful people, and it does not mask their problems or hide their flaws. It should comfort all of us that Jesus Christ’s earthly family had plenty of skeletons in its primitive closets.
- Prayer is not magic, it’s a process.
- Under the New Covenant, through the power of the Holy Spirit, both men and women can serve as ministers of His grace. And when He (Jesus) was raised from the dead, He commissioned His faithful disciple Mary Magdalene to blaze that trail for all women to follow.
- Discipleship requires sacrifice and genuine love.
- God has the same kind of adventure for you. If you will learn to approach Him with confidence, and believe that your Father longs to give you the Kingdom, you, too, can become a channel of blessing that will affect many.