"No man has ever spoken words like this man. His words feed life; they behold hope; they gush truth." ~
Thus speaks the Samaritan Woman whom tradition names Photine.
Sometimes when I read the Gospel narratives, they seem distant and strange. It's hard to still my soul and hear His words in all their power.
The woman at the well, the woman with the issue of blood, the woman caught in adultery, and Mary of Bethany- they heard Him.
They sought Him, they were found by Him, and on the day they met Jesus, their world changed.
Mary DeMuth and Frank Viola have given each woman- known by a few brief and timeless lines in Scripture- a fuller story.
One that gives them back their humanity, providing them with hopes and fears and a past and a future.
Otherwise, they're just black and white text to us.
The goal of this book is to help you "see" these women as they meet Him, and then to encounter Him for yourself.
And along the way, they crafted a keeper of a Bible study- the kind that compels good reading.
The way Mary uses words is beautiful... listen to the thoughts of one woman set free by God.
"I ran to the outskirts of Nain under a full moon and twirled under it's shadow a free woman, so blessedly alive it nearly scared me to death."
Don't you love that visual?
Don't you want to meet the joyous, good, gentle, mighty God who provokes such life in His people?
Jesus is the one who "tells us our stories straight, and with that, changes the endings forever."
Thanks to Him, we can live "stolen lives, given to us by the Author of life."
I have been blessed by Baker Publishing with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.