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Forward Movement’s new release, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter, has been awarded top honors by Independent Publishers as one of the year’s best books for Bible study.
Authored by Lindsay Hardin Freeman the book received a gold medal in the Illumination Book Awards, which honour the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview.
“I’m thrilled that women in the Bible, who have long been neglected, are getting their due,” says Freeman. “Their work and their lives, their decisions and commitments are being lifted up, so we can hear their stories and learn what God is saying through these women.
“I’m grateful to Forward Movement and the Episcopal Church Women for their commitment to improving the scholarship around women of the Bible and for supporting work that’s never been done before.”
In this groundbreaking book, Freeman identifies every woman who speaks in the Bible, providing their words, context, historical background, and lessons for modern readers.
Published by Forward Movement in partnership with Episcopal Church Women, the book also explores the pivotal roles of Bible women who changed the course of history, from Mary, the mother of Jesus, to Mary Magdalene, the first to see and proclaim the risen Lord.
Questions at the end of each chapter encourage individual or small-group reflection about what we might learn from each of these women and how God is speaking through them to us.
“Our world is filled with anger and selfishness, and people are looking for something to have faith in, something beyond themselves,” says Illumination Awards Director Jim Barnes.
“The Bible was the first ‘self-help’ book, filled with stories meant to show us how to live together in peace. These awards are dedicated to that spirit and to books that help answer the simple question: ‘What Would Jesus Do?’”
“The stories and words of the women of the Bible are captivating, challenging, and compelling,” says Richelle Thompson, deputy director and managing editor of Forward Movement.
“We are honored to collect their words and share their stories in this excellent book. Lindsay is a wonderful teacher and writer committed to shining a light on the remarkable women in scripture. Forward Movement celebrates her work and this award as a testament to the importance of women in our sacred story. ”
The Bible Women project began three years ago when a small group from Trinity Episcopal Church in Excelsior, Minnesota, scoured seminaries and libraries looking for a complete collection of the words of Bible women. Unable to find such a resource, the group—an Episcopal priest, a librarian, and a high school student—gathered weekly, highlighting and counting every word spoken by women in the Bible, placing each woman in her historical context, and drawing out what might be learned from their experiences.
The Episcopal Church Women, a group committed to formation and ministry among women, joined Forward Movement to support the Bible Women project. They are encouraging ECW groups around the country to use the book for Bible study and retreats.
Lindsay Hardin Freeman is an Episcopal priest and award-winning author who is passionate about sharing the stories of Bible women. Her works include The Scarlet Cord: Conversations with God’s Chosen Women and The Spy on Noah’s Ark and Other Bible Stories from the Inside Out. She was the longtime editor of Vestry Papers, a resource of the Episcopal Church Foundation.
Freeman (www.lindsayhardinfreeman.com) is now traveling the country and speaking to interested groups. To order Bible Women, visit www.forwardmovement.org. Ebook is available on Kindle, Nook, and iBook platforms.
Forward Movement is a ministry of The Episcopal Church located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 1935 our mission has been to reinvigorate the life of the church.