There are many powerful women in the Bible, but their descriptions are almost always tantalizingly brief. If they had the chance to tell their own stories in their own voices, what would they have said? Basing her interpretation of these women on extensive research, Katerina Whitley puts herself in their shoes, giving today’s listeners a fuller understanding of each of their stories.
The women explored, some well-known and others less familiar, include the Virgin Mary, Miriam, Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth, the Syrophoenician or Canaanite woman, Lydia, Ruth, Martha, Gomer, Michal, Tamar, and Peter’s wife. Each woman speaks for herself in these monologues, in a way that brings the biblical issues and questions into contemporary focus. An introduction to each woman and study questions at the end of each piece make this an ideal book for individuals and groups.
"Katerina Whitley has given life to biblical women who have been little more than names to us all our lives. Like Dorothy Sayers, she has used the freedom of imagination to bring the tradition of our faith closer to modern people. There is no greater pleasure than seeing something familiar as if for the first time and, in seeing it so, finding it dear."
—Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, author of The Sewing Room
"The author...discovered that women audience identified strongly with the experience of women characters in the New Testament. That lead to the enticing format of this popular-level book...Reflection questions at the end of each chapter encourage the reader to draw the experience into one's own life."
—Diane Bergant C.S.A., The Bible Today, September/October 2003.
"A collection of dramatic monologues that tell the stories of many of the women whom we know only as mothers, daughters or wives. Part biblical interpretation and part icon, the book celebrates their heartaches and joys in a way that is intimate and moving."