Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Book Review: Unexpected Love by Julie Zine Coleman
Unexpected Love: God's Heart Revealed in Jesus' Conversations with Women by Julie Zine Coleman
I recently had the pleasure of reading a new book, Unexpected Love: God's Heart Revealed in Jesus' Conversations with Women by Julie Zine Coleman. When I leared what it was about I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
Coleman delves into nine poignant stories found in the gospels in which Jesus has conversations with women. She begins each chapter setting the scene of what was likely going on, a probable back story on the women, and then what happens. In brief descriptions the reader is transplanted into those childhood Bible stories which now come to life. It was fascinating.
Next, each piece of Jesus' spoken words are broken down, scruntinized, and explained. Much of the language we read in the Bible when it comes to these conversations makes our view of Jesus skewed. By taking the actual Greek words used, Coleman walks us through the definition by today's language and gives us the cultural context of how it was used. Understanding Jesus' actual meaning gives so much insight into who God is and how much women are loved equally.
Coleman makes her readers think, and I as a reader love that. She asks questions. 'Why do you think this happened?' She is engaging. Her writing style is easy to follow. I also enjoyed the questions she leaves at the end of each chapter which are great for devotional time, a study, or for group discussion.
Reading this book has given me a better knowledge and understanding of Christ and who God is. This helped me grasp a fuller view of who Jesus was as a person, something that has always been of interest to me. His tenderness, kindness, forgiveness, and love came through these pages and I don't see how somebody could not love him back. He cares so much for us!
This is such a great book for women! It is encouraging and uplifting! Want to know how God feels about women? Read this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255