What can Jezebel, the Bible’s wickedest queen, reveal about God’s holiness and power and even about his sense of humor? What about the Woman at the Well—the one with five husbands and a live-in lover? And what of the prostitute whose tears bathe the feet of Jesus in front of people who despise her?
There are also “wicked good” women like Deborah, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Esther, Mary, and more. What do their lives tell us about God’s invincible love and his determined plan to save us?
In Wicked Women of the Bible Ann Spangler tells the stories of twenty wicked and “wicked good” women in greater detail. At the end of each story, Ann provides a brief section including additional historical and cultural background as well as a brief Bible study in order to enhance the book’s appeal to both individuals and groups.
The stories of these women of the Bible reveal a God who is not above it all but who stoops down to meet us where we are in order to extend his love and mercy.
Ann Spangler does a great job of immediately grabbing the readers attention on different women of the Bible to reveal different aspects that don't meet the eye when reading the stories about who they are in the Biblical context. She has a way of pointing out things in each of the women that I did not see before, which is an incredible gift. This book is very accurate, has foot notes at the bottom of the pages to help the reader grasp a better understand and also has "Take Away" questions at the end to wrap it all up. This book can be used as a devotional to understand different women of the Bible for daily use or it can be read within a number of hours. I personally find it much more beneficial to read it on a daily basis as I am gaining more knowledge and going to the scriptural context than if I read it completely in one day. I think the one story that stood out the most so far is the story about Jezebel. I did not realize the idolatry and deception of the role she played. I guess somehow I missed that.. The Bible is amazing and this book really helps in learning the women. I highly recommend this book for further study in your daily devotional time. I know it has been a true blessing for me.
Thank you to Zondervan for allowing me to review this book. I was not compensated for a positive review, but was given a complimentary copy for review purposes only.