Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts by Dena Dyer and Tina Samples is one of the most encouraging Bible studies I’ve read in some time. I recommend it to all women, not only those who are hurting. Anyone involved in women’s ministry must read this book, too—and keep several on hand to give away. The book is also suitable for small groups; a study guide is included at the back of the book for this purpose.
Each chapter of this 13-chapter book tells the story of a woman (or women) from the Bible who was hurt in one way that women are, sadly, still hurt today. The authors take turns within each chapter exploring the Bible story (or stories, when more than one applies to the issue at hand) and sharing their own similar or related experiences or those of other women they know. As readers learn how God worked in the biblical woman’s life—or what went wrong if she refused to allow His healing work in her life—readers will gain hope and confidence in the God Who Sees Them and Who is working faithfully.
Lessons are true to God’s Word and applicable to life. They are presented with sensitivity and empathy. They range from mild, everyday stressors to the harshest traumas of life. They have value for individuals and for reaching out to other individuals in pain. Kregel Publications sent a complimentary copy for me to read for review, but I know I will read it again. Dyer and Samples have provided a meaningful Bible study and a resource, too.