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Biblical Women of Influence: Portraits of Courage, Determination, and Faithfulness by Brenda Carroll Jarvis brings us a new perspective on famous women in the Bible and their stories of bravery, courage, and kindness. The women include ones such as Noah's wife, his confidante and steadfast advisor, and Deborah the prophetess, who put her own needs aside for the good of others. Brenda hopes to bring readers closer to the Lord and his wonderful teachings. These women played a vital role in shaping future generations yet don't get the recognition they deserve. Brenda hopes to change this by bringing more attention to these women and their stories, and also that we as modern women find inspiration and courage to make a difference just as they did so many centuries ago.
Reading about these wonderful women and all they accomplished because of their faith in God was refreshing. I had never given the women of the Bible much thought until reading Biblical Women of Influence. Seeing life through their eyes as Brenda has done was an enlightening experience; imagining how lonely and isolated the woman with the issue of blood must have felt was heart-wrenching. The characters are relatable and the narrative is engaging, making me eager to read about the women's challenges. The verses at the start of each chapter are a lovely reminder of what the chapter entails, making it easy for the reader to know which character is being spoken about. Biblical Women of Influence is for women from all walks of life, whether a stay-at-home wife or a leader in the corporate world. There is something here for everyone.