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Legacy of Faith: From Women of the Bible to Women of Today Paperback – April 1, 2002
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"Women lead stressful lives and often feel that doctrine isn't practical in helping with their problems. Your mind will change on that one and your heart. Readers will find themselves joining the chorus of mothers and sisters in the Legacy of Faith" --Michael S. Horton
"How can women seeking to live satisfying lives choose the right path? Brownback tackles this question by choosing twenty-four biblical women and exploring their successes and failures when confronted by God's claim on their lives. These insights show we can continue to learn from women of Scripture." --Linda M. Boice
"An exciting read, perfect for group studies or individual devotion. Brownback is a sensitive reader of the ancient text who knows how it transforms lives today. This is about women of the Bible, but men and women should read it." --Tremper Longman III
About the Author
Lydia Brownback is the author of several books and a speaker at women's conferences internationally. When time allows, Lydia blogs at The Purple Cellar (purpleceller.com). Her past work includes director of editorial for Crossway's Book Division; writer-in-residence for Reverend Alistair Begg; and broadcast media manager for Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, where she produced The Bible Study Hour radio program with James Montgomery Boice. Lydia holds degrees from Syracuse University and Westminster Theological Seminary.
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1. While her book is easy to read and makes some good points, her chapters do not go as deep nor are they as thorough as I was hoping (and sort of assuming based on other reviews) they would be.
2. What her book did do was help me to have some illustrations and modern-day type of stories to go along with our studies.
By far, the best resource available on women in the Bible is John MacArthur's Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You. His is not only very readable and applicable, but it has the necessary depth and thoroughness I have needed to really make this study work. I also love that his book has some good study questions in the back (in case you don't have the accompanying workbook). I've also used and appreciated Gien Karssen's Her Name Is Woman, Book 1: 24 Women of the Bible.
I would say that I have used and really enjoyed several other of Lydia Brownback's works - particularly her series on "A Godly Woman's Adornment" (Contentment, Joy, Trust, Purity). I just didn't feel that this particular book of hers was the best resource to have on women in the Bible.
I had been reading another book by a different author, which was shallow and driving me up the walls. Then I came across this one. Chalk and cheese. It was everything the other book wasn't.
Lydia Brownback let's each character speak for themselves. In contrast to the 'Let's just see how great all the women of the bible are' approach of some books in this genre, she delves deep and looks at each woman in her own setting, warts and all.
The characters become real people with whom the reader can start to identify. This throws up some interesting and useful applications. For example, how many books do you see with a chapter on widowhood (Anna)? In many of the chapters, the lesson Brownback brings out of the character is to help us learn from that person's mistakes rather than proposing that they display great faith.
For example Sarah shows us the seriousness of focussing on our circumstances so that we end up doubting God's promises; Miriam warns us of the danger of a `what-about-me?' attitude when life seems unfair.
It is rich, provocative, and dealt with the passages superbly (in most cases) and got down into the nitty-gritty layers of the heart. She understands how sin works, and how it disguises itself, and she aims for the sin behind your sin--the underlying heart issues.
But what really sets this book apart is that she constantly points you to Jesus. Jesus is set forth as the supreme object of faith, not simply as a saviour, or as a substitute for the things we don't have, but as the Christian's first love. This is vital -- faith is not simply something to be encouraged by looking at others, but something to be fed by looking at Jesus.
Well worth it!