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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310285259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310285250
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Carolyn Custis James is my new favorite non-fiction author. She writes with spiritual grace, knowledge, and authority. Her books have revealed and are revealing to me so much that I've previously missed while reading God's word. Some of it is intriguing and thought-provoking, including one that was also enjoyable, the story of what we actually know about Mrs. Noah. It makes you wonder why we don't know more about her since she is the ancestor of all of us. Just going through the process of unpacking all that we DO know about her helps when reading about other people from the Bible, extracting just exactly what we do know and giving us lots to wonder about. Carolyn Custis James is a heroic author. I am busy buying and reading her books as fast as I can, always learning more than I thought I would. I highly recommend her books, particularly for women who wonder about their place in God's plan.
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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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I Loved This Book. It is so in demand that it has been constantly on loan for years. Another must read from one of my favourite authors. I love her examination of biblical female characters. She gives these women life and relevance in our time.
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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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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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Carolyn Custis James has written a book that we women can sink our teeth into! Specifically, putting flesh on the bones of women in the Bible in relation to how their lives would/could have been affected by their circumstances as they would have experienced the events that they were involved in. The ladies in my Bible study have enjoyed how James' approach has helped them gain a greater understanding of their biblical sisters and themselves.
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