I just finished reading A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
by the suggestion and loan of my friend Sarah.
(check out her Bon Mot...totally awesome)
It follows the stories of 5 extraordinary women; Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each of their stories are so different but equally challenging and includes their most scandalous and their most blessed moments. Francine Rivers tells the biblical stories from a fictional view point with characters and events that she believes would have fit into the historical setting.
I would suggest any woman to read this book. If you've ever felt unworthy, unusable, broken, inexperienced, unequipped, or any other feeling that may cause you to think you're not able to be used by God, these women will change your perspective. I mean, if Rahab can idol worship and be with just about every man within the walls Jericho and still marry a blessed Jew and be in the lineage of Christ, God can do wonders and use you too. Oh, speaking of Christ, if you ever wondered how Mary felt raising the Son of God (quite a task to be given I imagine), just get ready. I wept quite a few times.
I was reminded of some incredible things about faith in God through the lives of these women. There's nothing I can do that can change God's love for me, there's nothing he can't overcome, and by faith I am made strong. God has called me to do some pretty big things in life, as I'm sure he has done for you. I've been called to serve children through teaching, and teach all of God's children of all ages through missions and ministry. This is a scary thing to think about especially when I feel unequipped or unprepared or especially unworthy of being a part of God's plan. But if these girls had it going on, then I think I do too.
I would love it if any of you have a book that you've read recently,
if you would Book Club too!
I'm always looking for great reads. Let me know whats out there!
Maybe I can start my first Linky...