Rated 3 out of 5Â by 2
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Biblicist She takes several leaps that aren't in the Bible
Mrs. Taylor does a pretty good job bringing out some deep truths and thoughts about some of the women in Scripture that this book studies. However, she makes some HUGE leaps about a couple of them that simply are no where to be found in Scripture. It seems she has been influenced by her current culture in making her points. For example, she uses Leah as one of her "negative" examples, concluding that she never found contentment and that she was to blame for the deceitfulness of her father. Scripture seems to indicate the exact opposite. (Just study the names she gave her children - Asher=Happy am I, etc.) She seems to have longed for her husband's love at first, but her last child's name means that she could give good gifts to her husband. Mrs. Taylor also makes a HUGE leap in the case of Dinah implying that this young girl (probably about 14 at the time of the incident) was at fault for being r8ped. The Bible has one sentence about Dinah and it says she was going to visit her neighbors. All other Scriptural references in this story use language such as "violate," "desecrate," "vile," "force," etc. Doing a simple word study on the verses that describe the attack on Dinah and it is clear who the Bible blames for what happened to this poor girl. Even her own father whimped out in his defense of her and when her brothers avenged her crime, they were not punished or scolded in Scripture. Those kinds of leaps evidence a lack of research and deep thinking, and even more, they show a heavy reliance on popular commentators of the 17th and 18th century which simply imposed much of their culture on their conclusions. If visiting the neighbors especially during a festival is an invitation from a young girl to be r8ped by a powerful leader (the prince of the city), and that girl's justice can be blamed on her, then the God of the Bible is inconsistent in His justice. But since the Bible teaches the exact opposite, HE can be trusted and He is a God of Love, Mercy, and justice.
October 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by LouAnn Practical and Thoughtful, Good for Personal Devotions or Group Study
A Look Within by Faith Alvis Taylor explores the lives of such Bible women as Eve, Leah, Miriam, Michal, and Mary Magdalene. This Bible studyâs strength is in its practical applications about developing Christian character. Through each featured womanâs strengths and weaknesses, we find parallels in our own. Some of Mrs. Taylorâs observations are simple, yet I had never thought about them in quite that way. For example, she points out how Rebekah is a manipulator, Leah let her suffering control her, and Miriam let her pride grow because of her position of leadership. These eleven lessons can be used effectively in personal devotions or group settings with a discussion time after each one. The lessons are based on eleven different Bible women, each with practical applications for us today. Every lesson explores numerous Scriptures on the character topic presented. I enjoyed these studies and enjoyed the book as a whole. It is simply organized, but thereâs much spiritual profit in it. I would definitely recommend A Look Within and have already bought a copy as a gift.
May 31, 2013