Thursday, November 23, 2006

Legacy of Faith

I recently read a book called "Legacy of Faith: From Women of the Bible to Women of Today" by Lydia Brownback. In the introduction, she writes:

"The grave error many women make today is believing the lie that we are more enlightened than women of previous centuries or those in less civilised countries. Educational opportunities abound in our culture like no other, yet the pursuit of enlightenment comes not from any classroom or college course. It comes only from God's Word applied by the Holy Spirit."

She goes on in the book to give short insights into the lives of twenty four women found in the bible, concentrating on a particular characteristic of each one. She helpfully draws out the lessons that we can learn from each biblical woman and her relationship with God. She studies a variety of women including Eve, Sarah, Abigail, Gomer and Sapphira, and shows how relevant the lives of these women are to us today. Each chapter is around ten pages so it is very easy to read in manageable chunks. It can be dipped into from time to time, and does not necessarily need to be read all at once. You could even read one chapter a week, and use it as the basis for a more extended time of bible study.

The introduction also states:

"As you read about their lives, it is my hope that you will see, when the cultural veneer has been stripped away, that we share the same hopes and can lay claim to the same promises that they did, because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

How true, and how wonderful that, even if our earthly role-models are few, we can look to the Bible to show us how to live as godly women. I highly recommend this book.

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