Dance Daughters of the Most High!

Amazing Stories of Long Overlooked and Underappreciated Women in the Old Testament

Christian - Devotion/Study
135 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2024
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Reviewed by Zahid Sheikh for Readers' Favorite

Dance Daughters of the Most High! by Dr. Bill Senyard is a touching portrayal of unnoticed females in biblical stories in the Old Testament. The narrative starts with a thoughtful introduction, which demonstrates the similarity in society's constricted expectations of women, and the historical disappearance of women in biblical stories The author remembers a visit to a monastery that sets a different tone and enables him to vividly explain the heroic acts, faith, and role of those women in God’s salvific plan. The author encourages us to discover and identify with these women who are frequently dismissed or overlooked in our understanding of biblical history. The narrative is enhanced by personal reflection, cultural analysis, and biblical scholarship, leading to a compelling exploration of these women’s stories.

The book provides a heartfelt account of women's lives, showing women’s strength and faith in the face of challenges. It presents a thoughtful discussion about the role of women in religion and how they are brave and powerful despite the patriarchal systems. Dr. Bill Senyard’s writing style is engaging and understandable, facilitating the comprehension of complicated theological ideas even by a broad audience. The inclusion of a simple uncluttered gospel creates a balance between the practical depth and readers' ability to reflect on their souls and recover their spirits. Dance Daughters of the Most High! is a powerful piece of writing that will motivate readers to reanalyze the role of the neglected women of biblical times. This book will become one of the prime selections in the canon of religious literature.

Frank Mutuma

In Dance Daughters of the Most High! Amazing Stories of Long Overlooked and Underappreciated Women in the Old Testament by Dr. Bill Senyard, he is moved by a monastery in Galilee that has set aside space to honor women. Not just the major players but also relatively unknown figures such as Mary, the wife of Clopas, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, and Susana. It must have been very hard to be heard at such a time when society was so male-dominated and women were viewed through a negative lens. Since the beginning, perspectives haven't favored women. For Adam and Eve, the only human beings to fully experience God's love, Eve takes the bigger blame for the fall. She is viewed as weak and a seducer. But could things have been different if it was Adam who was tempted?

Dance Daughters of the Most High! by Dr. Bill Senyard made me think about the scriptures and why women are not given prominent roles in the Bible, despite some of them being followers of Christ and others being used by God the Father for various purposes. This thought-provoking work stimulated my mind to consider how discrimination in a male-dominated society might have played a role in the suppression of such women. This might have been the case not just in those times but also in the society that we currently live in. I liked how the author referred to various scholars, making this book a possible guide for further exploration of the concepts discussed. Providing questions at the end of the chapters also made the book very effective in passing on the intended message.

K.C. Finn

Dance Daughters of the Most High! Amazing Stories of Long Overlooked and Underappreciated Women in the Old Testament is a work of non-fiction in the Christian writing, spiritual, and devotional subgenres. It is intended for the general teen and adult reading audiences. Penned by author Dr. Bill Senyard, this heartwarming volume offers a fresh perspective on seven often neglected women from the Old Testament. Through individual and small group studies, the book sheds light on their remarkable contributions, challenges, and triumphs. From the woman who nearly single-handedly preserved the line of Jesus to the one who saved the Exodus, each story reads like a captivating thriller, revealing the strength, courage, and wisdom of these unsung heroines.

Author Dr. Bill Senyard uses both his faith and creativity to craft an enlightening journey into the lives of these remarkable women and offer much inspiration to others as a result. There’s a lot of attention, care, and narrative confidence put into telling their stories, providing rich historical context and thought-provoking insights that are well-chosen and organized. Each narrative stirs the imagination with thrilling new personalities and attitudes, and the tales are sure to leave readers with a deepened appreciation for the pivotal roles these women played in shaping biblical history. From their bold actions to their unwavering faith, their stories serve as powerful reminders of resilience and courage. Thanks to the vibrant descriptive style of writing, readers are sure to be inspired by the remarkable journeys and moved by the unwavering devotion of these women. Overall, Dance Daughters of the Most High! is a compelling tribute to these often overlooked figures, and I would recommend it to readers wanting to explore faith from fresh, empowering new perspectives.

Blane Després

I've been following Senyard's writing for a number of years, have edited some of his drafts, and listen to his podcasts, Gospel Rant. I am continually drawn into what he has to say because it is fresh and thought-provoking. This book is more than (and not to be confused with) someone stroking female egos or trying to paint over women's history. It's about raising our view and understanding of the rightful and (most) honoring view of women as made in the image of the God who is there. Highly recommended.