As a woman, my curiosity was stirred by the title of this book. Most important women, eh? I mean, I know some of them…Eve, obviously, Sarah, Ruth…but I was unprepared for all 31 women that Aaron and Elaina highlighted in their book. While men wrote histories, women kept the life going. I wonder if even Sarah looked at Abraham in bed with a cold and rolled her eyes.
Women so often fall into the margins of society. We’re in the white space between the words. But the Bible shares stories of women who changed the very direction of nations.[free book received. opinions my own always.]
Book Review: The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp
About The Most Important Women of the Bible
From well-known women like Eve and Esther to those lesser known like Jochebed and Zipporah, women of the Bible play a vital role in God’s timeless story of redemption.
This book traces the stories of three dozen of the most important women in Scripture, each handpicked by God to play a crucial part in his gracious plan for all humanity. Every chapter begins with a short biography followed by an explanation of how each woman fits into the overall narrative of the Gospel message, pointing to God’s love for the individual as well as his larger plan to redeem sinners through the sending of his son. The Bible is the story of God’s relationship with his people–men, women, Jews, Gentiles, saints, and sinners. But this book reveals that it’s also the story of his relationship with you.
Aaron and Elaina Sharp are both Master of Theology graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary. Aaron works for Insight for Living Ministries, and Elaina owns and operates a small business.
Aaron is the author of Everything the Bible Says About Parenting and Children and What Does God Say About That? Elaina writes and develops curriculum for ministries such as Cru. Aaron and Elaina Sharp live in Little Elm, Texas, with their three children.
The Most Important Women of the Bible Struggles
This book does so well at wetting the appetite for information about the women of the Bible. I often wanted more. But of course, as a reader of fiction, I don’t mind a few fictionalized details to carry me further into the story.
As much as I found it comforting that the authors asked their own questions at the end of the chapter, I hated being left with their questions. After all, I already had my own. Nothing bothers me more than an unanswerable question. I hate unsolved mysteries. I just want to KNOW!
All in all, these are only small struggles that I had with The Most Important Women of the Bible.
The Most Important Women of the Bible LOVEs
With 31 chapters broken into five separate sections, The Most Important Women of the Bible is very easy to read. Authors Aaron and Elaina Sharp understand how to write for their audience, and my eyes never crossed while trying to pay attention to their information. I love how this book is written.
Five Sections in a Chapter
- Scripture References
- Role in Redemption
- By the Numbers
- Things We Wondered
I really loved how these sections broke up the chapter. They seamlessly ushered you from one aspect of the woman’s life to another. The convenience of the scripture references at the beginning of each chapter helped when you wanted to look something up in the Bible.
I loved that the depth that the lives of each woman was explored. New understanding about the culture and time helped me recognize what kinds of things the women dealt with.