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Book of the Month

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Women of the Bible
- by Ann Spangler & Jean E. Syswerda - (220 SPA)

Women of the Bible unlocks for us the lessons we can learn from a series of 52  women who featured on the  pages of both Old and New Testament. In this fascinating overview we discover well-known figures such as Ruth, Elizabeth and Mary, as well as characters whose names are less familiar: Tamar, Jochebed and Rizpah.


Ann Spangler & Jean Syswerda treat each account in five stages: her story, her life and times, her legacy in Scripture, her promise and her legacy of prayer. these are not simply impersonal narratives, they encourage us to engage with the issues that these stories raise and help us to explore them at a very personal level. Each concludes with a practical prayer, such as the one from the life of Rachel: Father, forgive me for letting my identity rest on whose wife or mother I am or what kind of job I have.   I don't want to view other women as my rivals but as potential friends and even soul mates. Please lead me to the friendships I desire, and help me to be patient with the process. Amen.

 

* * *  The book is available from our Church Library.  * * *

With thanks to Philip Parsons for the review

 

February 2020

Prayer, does it make a difference? 

- By Philip Yancey (248.3YAN)

 

The book is interspersed with stories and examples of actual down-to-earth encounters with prayer, which, combined with Yancey's informal style makes it eminently readable, despite its length.  Readers are encouraged to press on to the last section, which deals with the Practice of Prayer which he describes in the introduction as "a privilege, not a duty".  This book might not answer all your questions about prayer, and it will not provide you with a prescribed pattern either, but it will certainly stimulate you to think about why you pray, when you pray, how you pray and what you pray for. 


When most Christians are asked where they have the most difficulty, the answer is often "prayer".  But don't be fooled by Philip Yancey's book, entitled "Prayer, does it make a difference". This is not another one of the many self-help books that line the selves of Christian bookstores.  Readers of (Philip Yancey's other books (Where is God when it hurts? The Jesus I never knew) will be aware that he tackles each topic with an honesty that goes beyond simplistic answers: "I write about prayer as a pilgrim, not an expert. I have the same questions that occur to almost everyone at some point. Is God listening?... If God knows everything, what's the point of prayer?... Does prayer change God or change me?" Yancey tackles these and other tough questions such as the relationship between prayer and physical healing and why prayers are unanswered, providing insights without pat theological answers.

 

* * *  The book is available from our Church Library.  * * *

With thanks to Philip Parsons for the review

 

January 2020

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