This book contains the stories of ten women whose circumstances and choices led them to a place that seemed far removed from the fruitful, joy–filled life we are called to live in Christ. But each of their stories is a testament to the work God does through his imperfect children. Their stories will encourage and inspire, and remind you that you are not alone in your struggles.
The names of some of these women are well–known, some are less so. The first five stories are about relationships with other people; the next five stories are about inner struggles.
Through exploring how other women of Christ’s Kingdom began anew in him, you will be encouraged on your own path of joy and freedom. Although you may not be in the same position as these women, there are things we can learn from each of them. In every chapter, MacLeod focuses on bearing fruit for Christ even in these circumstances and includes questions to think through and discuss how the truths learned by these women could be applied to your own life.
This is not a book of biographies of interesting people, rather it is a book of very contemporary issues, with insight from interesting people who confronted them head–on. In this way we learn from the lessons gleaned in the heat of hardship, and see God’s hand in the real–life testimonies of faithful women. Dayspring has chosen 10 issues facing all of us in some way or another today, whether we are struggling with them ourselves, or someone around us is, or whether we want to think through them biblically. These include marriage, eating disorders, sexuality, forgiveness, bereavement and others. In choosing the testimonies of 10 interesting women, Dayspring helps us to see these issues personally, and engage with them so much more richly. However, it is Dayspring’s own insights which I found most useful and thought–provoking as she brings Scripture to bear on these topics, and as she turns the lessons into devotion by challenging and encouraging in equal measure. Each chapter ends with the question ‘Can I bear fruit?’ in the midst of these difficult circumstances. In each case the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ as the testimonies bear witness. There are further questions for group study or individual reflection, which make this a perfect book for use in women’s bible studies or for one–to–one discipleship. I heartily recommend it.
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