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.
"The reading is easy and the voices compelling...The monologues are so powerful that as I read, I could almost feel the presence of Mary, Elizabeth, Ruth, Tamar, Mary of Magdala, and others." --Mary Koch, Editor, Inland Episcopalian, March 1999
"...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." -- Cathy Boyd, Editor of Communique, reviewing for Episcopal Life, February 1999
"My admiration soared...there are...strong feminine stories given voice in Ms. Whitley's little treasure of a book." --The Rev. Elizabeth Moulton as printed in Diocesan Life, May 1999
"...quite engaging...Questions at the end of each story invite readers to relate some of the issues to their own lives, making this a useful book for Bible sharing or women's groups." --Sister Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., reviewing for The Bible Today, May 1999
"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." - Episcopal Life