Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wounded Women

Most of you have faced a shattering loss at some point in life.

Or maybe someone betrayed you. Many of us have wounds inflicted by others—by a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or friend.

Some of us imposed wounds on ourselves by choices we made.

Sometimes we suffer because God seems silent; we feel He has let us down—or maybe even abandoned us.

Grief. Illness. Financial problems. Scars. Heartache.

Wounds. We all have them.

Would you like perspective and healing and hope for those wounds? If so, Dena Dyer and Tina Samples’ new book will bless your heart.

In Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts, Dena and Tina offer an in-depth look at women of the Bible and their wounds, and then pair their stories with those of modern-day women, everyday women like me. Yes, I am honored that Dena and Tina chose a story from my memoir, Grandma’s Letters from Africa, for their book.

From Tina’s website:

“Imploding relationships, incapacitating losses, injurious personal mistakes, or spiritual failures—whatever the issue, the wounds are the same. Whether it’s a lapse in judgment by Bathsheba or the moral failure of the women’s ministry leader in your local church; the spiritual insensitivity of Martha or the compulsive obsessions of your church’s care circle chairwoman; the terror of an abandoned single mother like Hagar or the struggling single mother in your prayer group—the time and circumstances are different, but the wounds are equally deep and spiritually devastating.”

Dena and Tina write:

“Our heartfelt prayer is that while reading the stories we’ve shared … you would find His peace for your pain, His joy in the midst of trials, and His hope for your heartache.”

From the back cover:

“Dena Dyer and Tina Samples don’t pray this prayer lightly for their readers.… In this book, they … [seek] models of Scripture’s wounded women to lead the way to healing.… If you’ve never thought of women playing much of a role in the Bible, or of having much to teach the modern woman, you’re in for a surprise.”

Wounded Women of the Bible includes a Bible study for individuals and groups that want to dig deeper. Consider this Bible study for your church’s women’s groups: it’s a Bible study for women of all ages.


  1. Congratulations, Linda. I always enjoy your insights. After all that has been written about the Bible--likely the most-written about resource in history--someone finds a new approach.

  2. Yes, it's amazing how many different lessons/applications we can find in the "same old" Bible stories. They are priceless. As a follow-up to Dena and Tina's book, we need a man to compile stories about men in the Bible paired with current-day men's stories. (hint, hint) :)