Do you remember the day you met Jesus? I had met Him at an early age since I was what you called, “raised in church,” but at the age of 10 after a wonderful week at Vacation Bible School, I decided to go to the altar. I was baptized shortly thereafter in Drake’s Creek.
I loved going to church, and would diligently read my Sunday School lesson every Saturday evening in order to be prepared for church the next day. I had always felt a closeness to God.
For various reasons, my parents stopped attending church when I was 13, and that ended up being a true disservice to me. Without any spiritual input into my life, I went about partying and becoming more and more promiscuous. By the age of 20, I had come to the end of myself. I was physically, emotionally and spiritually spent.
I opted out of my junior year of college to return home and sort myself out. One of the first things I did was head back to that little country church. Entering the sanctuary was like a breath of fresh air. I felt clean again just by sitting in the pew and listening to God’s Word wash over me. That’s all it took for me to completely surrender my life back to my heavenly Father.
When I think back to my wayward years, I would probably say that I mostly identify with the Samaritan woman of John 4, who is also known as the woman at the well. Not that I had been married many times or ever lived with a man who was not my husband before, but I so related to the shame and guilt that she must have felt that caused her to go to the well at midday, avoiding the other women who went to the the well in the morning.
What about you? Which of these women would you say that you can most identify with on some level?
- The woman caught in adultery
- The prostitute
- The woman at the well
- The woman with an issue of blood
- The woman with the alabaster box?
I would love for you to tell me in the comments section for the opportunity to win a free copy of Frank Viola’s and Mary DeMuth’s new book, The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels.
I would also like to challenge you to write your own blog post about the day you met Jesus or one of the women listed above and help me promote this book! Thanks!!!
This book is….wonderfully unique! Not only does it provide beautifully written narratives for five of the most endeared women of the Bible, but it also provides the “Sacred Text” and further elaborates on each woman’s story.
I found the narratives to be very enlightening as a reader. In each woman’s scenario when read in the Bible, they leave you wondering just how everything really played out. Thankfully, Frank Voila and Mary DeMuth did a wonderful job of providing us with this insight, as much of it is based upon cross-references in scripture and sound historical information.
In no other book will you learn as much about these women in one place as you will in The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women of the Gospels. The women highlighted are the woman caught in adultery, the prostitute, the Samaritan woman, the woman with an issue of blood and the woman with the alabaster box. You will learn things about these women you have never heard before, making this book’s sub-title completely appropriate.
I highly recommend this book for personal reading as well as for Bible studies and book clubs. The thought-provoking discussion questions in the back of the book make it a perfect selection for small group in-depth study.
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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mom and the Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. If you would like to schedule Gina to speak on prayer or host a prayer journaling workshop, click here for more information. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.
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