She Speaks Book Review
Title: She Speaks – Wisdom From the Women of the Bible to the Modern Black Woman
Author: Michele Clark Jenkins
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishing
Published: January, 2013
Genre: Biblical Reference
Kindle Price: $7.69
About the Book: It is sometimes difficult for today’s African-American women to remember how important they are to God. The noise of day-to-day tasks and to-dos combined the with the undeniable struggles that face African-American women each day can make it easy to forget that Jesus treated the women of the New Testament with respect and spiritual equality, and how frequently God used women to carry out His purpose. Through the examples of powerful women in the Bible She Speaks helps African-American women find relevance, purpose, and identity in the Word of God. Each chapter offers a complete list of references to help the reader locate the stories of these inspirational women in the Bible with ease. For anyone looking for a deeper study of women of the Bible and for the African-American woman who sometimes needs reminding how real and relevant her struggles are, She Speaks is the perfect choice.
When I first started reading the book, which started with Eve I didn’t like it at all. I read her chapter and told my husband I just didn’t like the perspective it was written from. I just felt like it was so modern and written from a first person perspective I just couldn’t understand how the author came up with the words of these women who lived thousands of years before us. I left the book for a week and then decided I needed to at least finish so I could write a review and when I started on the second woman, which was Sarah I read the bible verse that was on the page and I was so lost. I stopped and said I needed to pray so I can fully understand what I was reading. I closed my eyes and asked God to show me how these words and these women could help me and appeal to my life. When I opened them I read the verse again and understood everything it was saying. I knew then that was what I did wrong for the first time.
I’ve been so blessed by reading this book. It broke down the ways that God used each of these women. Some have very important roles like Eve who we all know and learn about her and Adam. The Pharaoh’s Daughter whose name we don’t know but her kindness and willingness to raise Moses as her own, helped him to be able to free his people from slavery in Egypt. The whole book is like this, women we may have heard of and some that haven’t a huge part of our lessons. Each mini chapter features a story of that woman and her role in the bible and the story of creation of the tribes of Israel and more. At the end there is a small snippet about why and how this woman could apply to a modern-day woman and list passages in the bible for you to read about them directly from the bible.
This book has made me want to pick up my bible and read more. I just want to know more about their stories and how the things they did affected others around them. It’s made me want to read more of the bible and share the stories. Every time I read something I stop to tell my husband about it and it’s challenging us to read and talk about faith as a couple. I’m glad I didn’t write the whole book off and I opened up my heart to receive its blessings. I do believe that it could benefit any woman even though it states its for African-American women. If you’re looking for something to get you back into reading the bible this may be the thing to get you started again or even to read it in a different way.
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