Twenty very wicked women. Some are wickedly bad and the rest are wickedly good. What they all have in common is their lives point us toward the redeeming love and goodness of God.
Wicked Women of the Bible, by Ann Spangler, brings the stories of these twenty women to life through real and incredible portrayals. Each story gives us a life lesson, showing that whether bad or good, sinner or saint, God uses us in incredible ways to build His kingdom.
Each chapter focuses on a different woman. Some have bigger and longer stories, some only have a small mention in the Bible but there is a takeaway from every woman in the book. In this book, wicked can mean a lot of things. It can be wicked in the traditional sense like Jezebel or a prostitute who is despised by those around her, or it can be a different type of wicked, the women we often look to for guidance on good living like Deborah or Hannah. Each one has their story told, a lesson for all of us to learn from. The story is then followed up by a brief section that includes information about the times and culture the woman lived in, and another brief section with questions for Bible study.
I wanted to read this book purely based on the title. As a Christian woman, I often find myself gravitating toward stories and studies of women in the Bible to mentor and guide me in my own life. But there are quite a few women in the Bible who are often glossed over when it comes to their stories. We wouldn’t want to take lessons from someone like Jezebel, would we? But even those stories have their purpose and they can guide us in our lives. No matter what, they all point toward the goodness of God toward His people.
This is an easy book to read and I think it would be perfect for a group study. There is so much information to discuss here and a lot of time can be spent with this book. The questions that are included are great for leading, but I think the discussion would form naturally just from reading this book. I enjoyed reading this book over a length of time, reading one story and letting it sit and marinate for a while, rather than reading straight through.
I was also very impressed by the amount of information that is included. The stories are written out with a little bit more than what you get from the Bible but everything is sound and accurate because of the amount of research Ann Spangler has put into it. There is a wealth of footnotes to explain the meaning of words, the time period, the political and cultural background.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Spangler truly has a talent for making the Bible accessible and showing us how to take Bible stories and apply them to our lives. I think it is easy to often take stories just as stories but there is so much goodness in them that are relevant today and that continue to impress upon us the greatness of God.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher through Netgalley. The opinions expressed above are my own