Monday, February 4, 2013

Unexpected Love by Julie Zine Coleman

As I read the book’s description I was quickly captivated by the subject – the author’s objective for this book is to analyze the conversations recorded in the Bible between Jesus and women. She does that wonderfully – I was amazed at how in depth she digs into the original meanings of some key words in conversations, as well as bringing the context of those conversations in bright light for us to understand. There are a LOT of notes for each chapter which only proves how amazing of a job she did with the research, so she is not just pointing out her opinions and speculations here, she brings objective and valuable information based on solid research.

The book is divided into 9 chapters, one dedicated for each conversation recorded in the Scripture. The chapters are smartly organized: before the beginning of each chapter there is the passage in the Bible where the conversation is recorded. The chapters begin with a summary of the story, then there’s the Digging Deeper part and here’s where the author answers the difficult questions with thorough research; at the end there’s an applicable part entitled For Today’s Woman. For those who want to go deeper and use this book as a tool for group studies, there’s the Food for Thought part after each chapter. And for personal study there’s the Journaling part, which I loved.

It was truly an amazing book. It’s perfect for digging deeper into the Word of God and understanding Jesus and his heart for people, especially for women. I am definitely planning on reading this book again.

For more resources you can check out Julie Coleman's blog and the book's official website.

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