Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Unexpected Love, God's Heart Revealed In Jesus' Conversations With Women by Julie Zine Coleman

Title: Unexpected Love, God's Heart Revealed In Jesus' Conversations
Author: Julie Zine Coleman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson February 5, 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Christian Living, Christian Growth, Women of the Bible, New Testament
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 256
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary: Nine chapters on women of the New Testament that had personal, emotional, intimate, life-saving, soul-saving, encounters with Christ Jesus. After they met Jesus their lives would never be the same again. Jesus' encounter with each of these women often healed them off a sickness (whether physically or emotionally or spiritually) removing an oppression from their hearts and minds and lives.
Examples: the woman at the well in John chapter 4, the hemorrhaging woman in Mark chapter 5, the adulterous woman in John chapter 7 and 8, Mary Magdalene in John chapter 20.

Review:
  • I loved the stories of each of the women. Their stories drew me in with intimacy that touched my heart and made me pause with full attention. 
  • The author is careful to point out Jesus' love for women, his tenderness and patience with them, his understanding of women's insecurities and fears. Jesus understood how women were treated. How often there were double-standards of how society treated women as opposed to men. For example women were servants and beneath men, they were often thought of as unclean. 
  • The lay-out of each chapter is like a Bible lesson. The focal Scripture is given first, then the narrative story, a digging deeper section with a few common questions that are answered about the culture or event or word study. Then, an application for our time is given entitled "For Today's Woman". A few more questions for further thought, ending with a journaling project. 
  • Because the lay-out of the book is like a Bible study, I believe this would be an excellent tool to use in a women's group. This book would also be great for individual use.

Favorite quotes:
"Whatever we have done, God's grace is bigger." page 59
"God's grace is lavish." page 60
"He is looking for a heart ready to trust in his goodness. He wants to look past our surface accomplishments to inside, where our faults and needs reside." page 78
"Meekness is not weakness. Its power under control." page 171

Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Link @ Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Love-Heart-Revealed-Conversations/dp/1400204240/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360086973&sr=1-2&keywords=unexpected+love
Paperback $10.87
Kindle $10.33

2 comments:

Lindsey said...

I think we learn so much about what Christ thought of women through his interactions. Thanks for highlighting this book! :)

Annette said...

Hello Lindsey! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I know we learn by Jesus' interactions with the women of the Bible. It really personalizes things for us; and we want to feel we matter, we're heard, we're loved.