Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Women of the Bible Speak Out Blog Tour

About the Book

Book:  Women of the Bible Speak Out
Author: Marlo Schalesky
Genre:  RELIGION/Christian Living/Women’s Interests
Release Date: June 2, 2020

With the recent headlines about gender-based abuse, power, harassment, and assault, it seems as if everyone is searching for answers. Marlo Schalesky provides a biblical response to the tough questions raised by these issues. She explores the stories of twenty women in Scripture, including Eve, Sarah, and Bathsheba—women who were betrayed, abused, endangered, blamed, and shamed. As she leads us in studying the biblical text, she draws our eye to God’s responses to these women and their situations:  

Eve: The Way It Was Supposed to Be
Sarai: Betrayed
Hagar: – Used
Lot’s Daughters & A Levite’s Concubine: Abused
Two Tamars: Rejected
Hannah: Devalued
Abigail: Endangered
Bathsheba: Sexualized
Esther: Dominated
Mary & Martha: Oppressed
A Samaritan Woman: Shamed
A Sinful Woman: Scorned
A Woman Caught in Adultery: Blamed
Women at the Tomb: Disbelieved

She points out a way to healing, wholeness, and freedom. In the midst of today’s #MeToo conversations, this book will give new voice to the remarkable women of Scripture—and new hope to many, many women today.

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My Review

What a good book for women who have been hurt, abandoned, abused, and otherwise mistreated. Schalesky shares her insights from stories of women in the Bible, women who have been abused, betrayed and more.

I usually bristle at an author retelling a Bible story through imagining details. Schalesky has done an excellent job of the retelling, however. She really brings out the emotions and hurt I had not even considered. I found Sarah's story particularly powerful. Abraham basically told her to make herself available for sexual misuse so he would be treated better. Twice. God preserved her well being after being betrayed by the man who was supposed to protect her.

But Schalesky acknowledges that God does not always prevent such harm to women. God rescued Sarah but what if He does not rescue you? Why does God allow abuse to happen and to continue? Schalesky admits she cannot provide the answers to those questions. What she does provide is encouragement to stay strong, to believe God will see you through and that God will heal you.

A couple aspects of this book I really like will probably irritate some Christians. Schalesky is an egalitarian. She emphasizes equality and that may be unwelcome to complimentarians. Another possible source of irritation is her discussion of wifely submission. Using the example of Abigail and that she was not rebuked for her actions, Schalesky suggests God did not intend women submit to such as foolishness.

This is a good book for women who have been hurt whether from gender role expectations or sexual abuse or anything in between. You'll not find any easy answers here but you will find encouragement to keep believing God will see you through to healing.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

About the Author

Marlo Schalesky is the founder and president of Wonder Wood Ranch, a California charitable organization that brings hope through horses to hurting kids. She’s had over one thousand articles published in various Christian magazines, is a regular columnist for Power for Living, and is an award-winning author of twelve books. Schalesky has a master’s in theology with an emphasis in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. She lives with her husband and six children in a log home on California’s central coast.

More from Marlo

1) Why did you write this book?
When I was first asked to consider writing a book about women in the Bible who experienced abuse, oppression, gender-based bias and discrimination, sexualization, and more, I didn’t know how their stories would intersect with mine and the experiences of women today. I thought I would find only horror, but beyond that I found a surprising hope; a God who is always seeking to redeem, to heal, and to make right where mankind has broken and betrayed.
This book is for others like me, for women who have been hurt, whose wounds sometimes seem too deep to heal. I wrote it for those who know that while justice is necessary, it is not enough. We need to see God. We need Him to see us. We need an experience with the God of Scripture whose fierce love is the only thing that can heal those hurts that lie deep within.
2) What do you hope your readers will take away from reading your book?
I hope they experience a renewed hope. And a deeper understanding of the God who loves them. I want readers to know that God sees them, and He sees what they’ve suffered, and He does not look away. He does not make excuses.
After reading Women of the Bible Speak Out, I hope readers will see that instead of winking at the repression of women, the Bible exposes it. And the Bible reveals a God who not only shares in our suffering but seeks to redeem it.

Blog Stops

Emily Yager, June 12
Older & Smarter, June 12
Rebecca Tews, June 15
Holly Jo Morris, June 18
Lighthouse Academy Blog, June 19 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
Hallie Reads, June 21
Splashes of Joy, June 22
Artistic Nobody, June 22 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)


Rita Wray said...

I liked the review, thank you.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a fascinating read.

Marisela Zuniga said...

Thank you for sharing your review

Emma said...

This sounds really good--a fresh look at the Bible!

Julie Waldron said...

I enjoyed the review, thanks for sharing.

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful review! Sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for hosting.