NIV, Women of Faith Study Bible, Paperback: Experience the Liberating Grace of God Paperback – Mar 1 2001
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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
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is very helpful. Has relevant stories for the modern women.Published 3 months ago by shawn515
rips in the cover front and back....dents in the hard cover at bottom and no purple writing as suggested .....disappointedPublished 8 months ago by Cambridge Keenan
I like this Bible very much. The concordance is good and the cross references are very helpful.
Because it is written as a women's study tool, the topics are relatable and... Read more
My best purchase ever! I really had trouble with the chuch and women's issues, and finding this Bible helped to bring women upfront . Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by Ms E. Foster
I have been reading the bible for a while and I got this one as a gift. It has a lot of inspirational quotes and some scripture in the margins. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003
This is a wonderful bible for reading and studying. It has extra things along the edge of the pages. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2003
I bought this for my girlfriend and have gotten to flip through it. I think the NIV translation is the best. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2002