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Women Of Faith Study Bible [Paperback]

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March 8 2001
- Study notes with over 150 quotes from Women of Faith speakers and over 35 worship hymns and songs will inspire women and help them experience authentic joy in life as they learn to trust God.- Full-page character studies of women from the Bible reveal how God has worked through their lives.- 52 Bible studies for use by individuals or small groups identify biblical truths that women can relate to and apply to their lives.

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Women of Faith Study Bible offers a feminine perspective on an age-old text. In numerous places, the editors insert interpretations that celebrate and elevate women's status in the Bible. "Some have said that in times when men are spiritually weak God uses women instead," the editors write in the Book of Samuel. "It is probably more accurate to say the deeds and faith of women are simply more apparent in those times. For the Lord gives gifts and callings to all people."

In the opening pages readers will find a "Weekly Studies Index" that references the Old and New Testaments with metaphorical themes such as "Uncharted Waters," "Are You a Bush or a Tree?" and "Jars of Clay." It also offers almost 80 full-page "Character Sketches" that profile women from the Bible, such as "Eve, Mother of Discontent," "Jezebel--Bent on Evil," and "Noah's Wife: Along for the Ride or a Partner in Adventure?" (The latter sketch tries to imagine the thoughts and actions of this almost invisible wife: "Perhaps she resented all the extra work Noah's obsession caused.") Other features include a timeline of women in the Bible, a genealogy of Jesus, and a dictionary of biblical terms.

One disappointment is the thin paper stock, limiting its shelf life and making it fragile for a daily reader. Fortunately, the 13-page spread of full-color maps is printed on heavy stock paper. --Gail Hudson

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God wants to fill up your days with his wonderful gift of grace and love. Let the NIV Women of Faith Study Bible help you remove performance-based barriers between yourself and God. Discover how women in Biblical times handled struggles similar to yours; gain confidence in Christ's message of grace and freedom; and celebrate your unique, God-given womanhood. In partnership with Women of Faith, this Bible has been written specifically with today's Christian woman in mind, with the main goal of helping you experience the liberating grace of God.

Key Features of the NIV Women of Faith Study Bible

· Study Notes. Over 1,700 study notes shed light on the setting, meaning and application of specific passages or themes. Over 200 quotes of women of the past and present are quoted-from historic writers and poets such as Catherine of Siena and Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Women of Faith speakers/authors Patsy Clairmont, Barbara Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, and Thelma Wells.

· Character Sketches. Full-page articles describe the challenges and opportunities of over 75 women of the Bible. Learn from both the good and the not-so-good responses of these women to their situations and God's working in their lives.

· "Enjoying God" Studies. For use individually or in a small group, these 52 studies explore key passages that reveal deep meaning and application for you as a woman today.

· Book Introductions highlight the actions of the women in each book, give pertinent background information, and list all the women who occur in that book.

· Women in Jesus' Family Tree. God's careful selection of women in the Messianic line will inspire hope and purpose for your own life.

· New International Version. Most read, most trusted translation.

· Comprehensive Study Helps. A concordance, center-column reference system, and color maps help you get the most out of your Bible studies.

The NIV Women of Faith Study Bible is a guide you can trust. Filled with insight, it helps you connect with women of the past, present, and future, and it will lead you to new insight as you continue your own journey as a woman of faith.

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I saw this bible on the shelf at a local religious bookstore. It caught my eye, when I wasn't looking for a bible. I leafed through it and was immediately entranced by the center-page text in blue, the simple but not stupid notes that really offered me new perspectives (I've been "into" scripture for decades now), and the prayerful but not sappy tone throughout. For women who want a comfortable bible fit that will still challenge, this is the bible. For women who want a bible they will actually pick up and read and use, it is for you.
A previous reviewer mentioned purple leather. I'd love to get one of those, Amazon!!! I, too, love purple. The one I bought is great, though, and as it was a bit shelf-worn, I asked for and was given a discount.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gem in the sea of women-themed bibles Oct. 17 2001
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I decided to expand my bible resources to include a women' thematic bible, for although I am a wife and mother, it wasn't an area that I fed (being that I chose to look at leadership-themed sources to develop my personal accountability skills). I purchased several bibles, including "Woman, Thou Art Loosed", "the Women's Life Bible" (both NKJV ) and the NIV Women's Devotional bible. Although I have not attended a Women of Faith rally, I chose to keep this bible (and give away the aforementioned women's bibles to other Christian sisters) because:
1)even-handed notation. It struck me how culturally sensitive the notes were, which helped me think back to those times 1000s of years ago. These opened my eyes to embrace many issues.
2)no glib/rote responses to complex life issues. The other bibles attempted to do that, and while such notation may offer comfort to some, they don't work well for me. For example, I don't want a short paragraph to understand that our Lord wants me to be patient in my marriage. This bible does not offer patronizing and "Precious Moments"-type cutsey notes. Subjects like patience for marriage are supported throughout the bible via different wife stories, and are delved upon in the notations, which I much rather preferred.
3)sober looks at women in the bible, from the famous, like Mary, to the not so famous like Jael. Also, the explanations of the women in Jesus' line are equally even-handed.
All in all, its the best women's themed study bible that I have come across yet. It is spiritually, emotionally and mentally inspiring.
Note of criticism: the concordance/topical index is sparse for a study bible, especially since the notations throughout are so good and thoughtful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bible July 26 2001
I am glad I got this Bible. Every thing about it is purple. I got the bonded leather. It has a purple cover, print and ribbon. The layout is interesting. On the outside of the page is the comments, the next section is the text of the NIV and on the inner part of the page towards the centre binding are the cross-references. Because the comments are not always long, there are sections under the comments where you can write notes of your own if you want to....spaces are often 3 inches wide by 4-5 inches high. The profiles are excellent, and the comments are spot-on. If you want a doctrine type bible this isn't what you want, but if you want the text to be applicable to you then get it. The 52 weeks studies are both practible and informative. I like the personal touch this bible has for women. There are thought-provoking notes, studies and profiles that make you think about your life in Christ and how you can be better. It is just so woman-oriented that I just want to go back time and again to read the Word of God. You will enjoy it I'm sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! April 15 2001
For someone who owns a zillion Bibles (me!), this bible was a pleasant surprise. It is beautifully presented in a lovely violet print. And the content has been thoughtfully arranged for the reader to get the most out of every page. The Book Introductions and Study Notes are insightful in a way only a woman would appreciate! For instance, I really enjoyed the comparison of God the Creator in Genesis 1 to a woman bringing order to her household. This work is sprinkled with fresh insights throughout. The 80 Character Sketches of Women in the Bible far outweigh the cost of "another" Bible and to top it off this work presents 52 Bible Studies that are rich with originality and worth every moment of your time to complete. The Book also includes Quotes from all sorts of women including the fantastic Women of Faith conference speakers.And, yes, there are the requisite concordance, maps and column reference system. Because I love to take copious notes I found the wide margins especially appealing. Frankly I have not found one thing in or about this Bible that displeases me. I shall enjoy ruminating about its pages for months to come! In case you aren't sold on this book yet, you should know that a portion of the purchase price goes to International Bible Society to help spread the gospel of Jesus around the world...AMEN!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful study bible to begin with for women Jan. 1 2002
This is the first bible I bought for myself..and I am enjoying it very much. The study notes on the side of the scriptures help you relate not only to problems we face, but help us learn as we read with easy to follow notes. It also points out how women were treated then and how it has affected our lives at the present time. I love the character sketches of the women from each book of the Old and New Testaments. You can relate to how they were possibly feeling back then. So if you want to learn the bible and relate as a woman then this is the study bible for you. Happy reading.
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