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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310285259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310285250
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lost Women of the Bible easily (easily!) makes my "most-provocative" book list for this year. -- Gordon MacDonald, Editor at Large for Leadership Journal, and Chairman of World Relief

Carolyn James's title cunningly combines three thoughts: here are stories of women who spiritually were lost till the grace of God found them; here are Bible people from whom we can learn much, but of whom we have largely lost sight; and here is displayed divine wisdom, with which many of us have lost touch. At all three levels the book delivers handsomely, and I hope it will be widely read. -- J. I. Packer, Board of Governors and Professor of Theology, Regent College

From the Publisher

The women of the Bible have a strong, relevant message for women today that has been lost underneath layers of traditional interpretations and the expectation that God does his most important work through men. Crucial dimensions of their lives have been muted, forgotten, or passed over. Their strong voices are silent at a time when women are searching for answers that will hold up under the pressures and challenges confronting them today. This book brings the women of the Bible into the twenty-first century by recovering their powerful message for contemporary women.

More About the Author

Carolyn Custis James (M.A. in Biblical Studies) is an evangelical thinker who loves God enough to break the rules--rules of cultural convention which attempt to domesticate the gospel message of the Bible.

Carolyn is president of WhitbyForum, a ministry dedicated to addressing the deeper needs which confront both women and men as they endeavor to extend God's kingdom together in a messy and complicated world. She is the founder of the Synergy Women's Network--an exciting new ministry for women in ministry leadership. www.synergytoday.org

Her books have been described as "provocative", "honest", and "deeply moving". A new one is coming out soon!

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Carolyn Custis James has written a book that we women can sink our teeth into!
jle in Portland
She seemed to resort too often to giving her opinion of how Mrs. Noah would act and feel rather than basing the chapter on objective evidence.
Susie B
I'm so glad to have read this book and think everyone, not just women should read it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susie B on July 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
My small group of professional women studied this book at the recommendation of a friend. In each chapter we found some nuggets of wisdon and encouragement, but on the whole, all nine of us were disappointed in the depth and quality of the content. We used the book mostly as a jumping off point for our discussions which we supplemented with other resources about each of the women James presents. This was most difficult with Mrs. Noah since there is no information about her. It was a real stretch for James to write a whole chapter about her. She seemed to resort too often to giving her opinion of how Mrs. Noah would act and feel rather than basing the chapter on objective evidence. This was true in most of the other chapters as well.

One of the main concepts of the book which we enjoyed was that of Christian women as "ezers", strong helpers, who share equal responsibility for spreading the gospel in a Blessed Alliance with men. James talks about the value of the ministries of women within the church but stops short of mentioning that a woman can lead a congregation as a minister.

I believe this book will be most useful to those who are new to the stories of women in the Bible or feel undervalued as women. However, with so many wonderful books available for small group Bible study, I would not recommend this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By greg hawkins on June 4, 2011
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Too many assumptions and biases. Tried too hard to create something that wasn't there, and other times misused the information that was there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristi S. on July 2, 2012
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When my mother gave this book to me, she said, "It's not what you're thinking." Indeed, it was not. It was much much better than anything I had anticipated. I had expected a re-hashing of familiar old stories and perhaps a new perspective on a few. Instead, Carolyn Custis James brings an entirely new concept to light - the woman as "ezer," intended by God to be actively used by Him, the natural skills He has given her and influence on the men in her life completely validated by Him. While by no means a proponent of man-trashing or "women's lib" womanhood, James uses the Bible to confront the non-biblical ways in which the church culture has misconstrued the Bible to largely relegate women to only certain ministries and judge their success only by the "husband and children" expectation. She tenderly addresses those women who have been marginalized by the church, having had their areas of giftedness disregarded because they don't fit the mold. James points to passages that illuminate how God values women and their varied contributions to ministry and she encourages all of us to look to God alone for our identity and self-image. What a breath of fresh air!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pinester on June 11, 2010
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It is one of the best Christian books I have ever read. It is definitely a must read. It has wisdom and insights that have stayed with me. I liked it so much that I sent it to a number of my friends. I will be reading more books by Carolyn Curtis James!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BecomingDawn on October 13, 2011
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This book challenged the way that I view the women of scripture, women in the church and myself. I have studied this in a group and we learned form on antoher and as a result of studying these women who are lost in their own stories, we began to understand how God worked in their lives and how he works in our own lives. This book also challenges you to see your place in the body of Christ and our responsibility to the plight of many in the world. Loved it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. Mitchell on May 12, 2009
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I have read almost every book that I can get my hands on in regards to this topic. James' exegesis is superb, but she writes in a narrative style that the layperson can understand. This is a must read for both clergy and laity. I can easily see it as a book that would be used for mixed Bible Study groups. I would encourage every Christian to read it, because I totally agree with James' that there needs to be a Biblical Alliance of men and women for the growth of the church
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Rowland on September 22, 2009
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Very well researched book and can be a good topic for Bible Study or a sermon.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 10, 2008
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The Bible's words in the realm of feminism are not one of strict antagonism; there are positive messages as well. "Lost Women of the Bible: The Women We Thought We Knew" is a look at the iconic women of the Bible and their message to the women of today. A book of solid encouragement for women who still hold their faith dear, "Lost Women of the Bible: The Women We Thought We Knew" is a top pick for both Christian and women's studies community library collections.
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