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Unexpected Love: God's Heart Revealed in Jesus' Conversations with Women May 6, 2013
I found the book Unexpected Love: God's Heart Revealed in Jesus' Conversations with Women by Julie Zine Coleman to be a fabulous read. I found that it really challenged me to look deeper into biblical accounts of the conversations that Jesus had with women.
Each chapter starts out with the biblical version of each conversation that Julie Coleman addressed in this book, such as Jesus' mother Mary at the wedding in Cana and the Woman at the Well. She not only listed the reference for each passage, but also provided the parallel passage(s) from the other Gospel accounts. This helps the reader to get a well-round viewpoint of each conversation, which I found to be very helpful. Next, Julie would provide a more dramatic version of each story, adding additional insight – such as possible thoughts that went through each woman's head, as well as detail about how the scene may looked. Then she went on to provide historical detail about the culture and viewpoints regarding women during that time period. I found this helpful in understanding how the reason people during that time period would find it strange and foreign for Him to have such conversations with women. Finally, she provided more practical information about how women could apply the lessons learned from these conversations in today's society. Each chapter ends with questions that help the reader to apply the lessons personally and with a journaling prompt about the particular topic of that chapter.
I highly recommend this book to other women. I used it as an addition to my daily quiet time with God and found that I was able to apply the lessons from this book to my life and it helped to deepen my relationship with God. I believe other women would find this book helpful in their lives as well. Julie Coleman's writing style is easy to read and she provides her detail in such a way that any woman could read understand and apply the lessons to her own life.
Review by Karen
How would you characterize Jesus in his interactions with women? Gracious? Preachy? Aloof? Kind? Dismissive?
Unexpected Love is an essential read for anyone eager to understand Jesus Christ’s true heart for women. We ache for a satisfying relationship with him and crave his healing touch. So did the women of the first century. Each approached him with something they wanted. They left with more than they could have imagined.
Writer and teacher Julie Coleman carefully walks readers through the gospel narratives, offering evidence of a perceptive Savior deeply concerned about the women he met. Through vivid descriptions, thoughtful questions, and empowering applications, she brings a fresh perspective to these sometimes puzzling stories.
Unexpected Love offers a compelling vision of a Savior who meets us where we are and will take us where we need to go. Discover his passion for women. What you read will impact your own relationship with him. You will fall in love with the dynamic, beautiful, and unexpectedly personal Jesus.
|Publication Date||February 5, 2013|