About the Book
Book: Women of the Bible Speak Out
Author: Marlo Schalesky
Genre: RELIGION/Christian Living/Women’s Interests
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Hagar: – Used
Lot’s Daughters & A Levite’s Concubine: Abused
Two Tamars: Rejected
Mary & Martha: Oppressed
A Samaritan Woman: Shamed
A Sinful Woman: Scorned
A Woman Caught in Adultery: Blamed
Women at the Tomb: Disbelieved
She points out a way to healing, wholeness, and freedom. In the midst of today’s #MeToo conversations, this book will give new voice to the remarkable women of Scripture—and new hope to many, many women today.
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Guest Review from Donna Cline
What I think you should know:
Women of the Bible Speak Out : Stories of Betrayal, Abuse, Healing and Hope by Marlo Schalesky is a Christian Living, Women’s Interest book. The book looks at 14 women of the Bible and how their stories relate to problems that still plague women today.
What you might NEED to know:
The author states she hopes that this book brings healing to women who have suffered abuse, however I think that parts of the book should be read with extreme caution as the author gives a voice to the women of the Bible including women who were raped, beaten and killed. She also includes similar stories from today that show that women still suffer many of the same injustices today.
What I think about this book:
Schalesky has given a voice and humanized women who have long been stories or overlooked figures in the Bible. While many parts of the book were hard for me to read I enjoyed how she demonstrated through scripture how much God loves women and how he provides for them. I enjoyed how she challenged me to look deeper at some of the women that she studied. I do wish that she would have given more scriptural references. I would recommend this book as a weekly read or study not as something to be read in one sitting.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Marlo Schalesky is the founder and president of Wonder Wood Ranch, a California charitable organization that brings hope through horses to hurting kids. She’s had over one thousand articles published in various Christian magazines, is a regular columnist for Power for Living, and is an award-winning author of twelve books. Schalesky has a master’s in theology with an emphasis in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. She lives with her husband and six children in a log home on California’s central coast.
More from Marlo
1) Why did you write this book?
When I was first asked to consider writing a book about women in the Bible who experienced abuse, oppression, gender-based bias and discrimination, sexualization, and more, I didn’t know how their stories would intersect with mine and the experiences of women today. I thought I would find only horror, but beyond that I found a surprising hope; a God who is always seeking to redeem, to heal, and to make right where mankind has broken and betrayed.
This book is for others like me, for women who have been hurt, whose wounds sometimes seem too deep to heal. I wrote it for those who know that while justice is necessary, it is not enough. We need to see God. We need Him to see us. We need an experience with the God of Scripture whose fierce love is the only thing that can heal those hurts that lie deep within.
2) What do you hope your readers will take away from reading your book?
I hope they experience a renewed hope. And a deeper understanding of the God who loves them. I want readers to know that God sees them, and He sees what they’ve suffered, and He does not look away. He does not make excuses.
After reading Women of the Bible Speak Out, I hope readers will see that instead of winking at the repression of women, the Bible exposes it. And the Bible reveals a God who not only shares in our suffering but seeks to redeem it.
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