Desperate Women of the Bible
Are you desperate for Jesus? Do you feel passionate about your faith? Do you long for something more out of your spiritual life? In the Gospels you'll find the stories eight nameless women who were driven by passion and desperation...
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Are you desperate for Jesus? Do you feel passionate about your faith? Do you long for something more out of your spiritual life? In the Gospels you'll find the stories eight nameless women who were driven by passion and desperation to find out who Jesus really was. Come alongside them and experience how their encounters with God transformed their lives.
Jo Kadlecek is your guide to these unforgettable women. Through her unique writing she reveals new insights into Christ's life and character to help you make sense of your own situations and passions. You will find new hope in discovering how Jesus can use even your most desperate desires to lead you closer to him and into a life of greater fullness and purpose.
If the Bible can be thought of as the grand story of God, many of its main characters are passionate and even desperate men and women. Jo Kadlecek introduces us to eight biblical women driven by their passion and desperation to seek out Jesus. She explores their stories in their cultural context, then draws out the lessons they hold for contemporary readers who are willing to let an encounter with Jesus change their lives. In studying these eight characters, readers will find new insights into the central character of God's great story--Jesus--and how he can transform their desperation and their passions and bring their lives new hope. LIST OF WOMEN AND BIBLICAL REFERENCES: Samaritan Woman, John 4: 1-42 Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath, Luke 13: 10-17 The Widow (Who Makes an Offering), Mark 12: 35-44 A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman, Mark 5: 21-43 A Widow (Who's Son is Raised by Jesus), Luke 7: 11-17 A Sinful Woman (Who Jesus Annoints), Luke 7: 36-50 A Syrophoenician Woman, Mark 7: 24
"Jo beautifully pairs God's provision with our very personal desperations. Turning her writer's pen on the subtle, secondary women of Scripture, she underlines how Jesus meets our needs and enables us to see his presence in our own daily desperations."--Elisa Morgan, CEO and president, MOPS International "I have read the Biblical accounts of these seven nameless women so many times before, but this time was very different. As Jo shared her insights into the lives of these women who experienced Jesus himself in the face of extreme pain and hopelessness, I found myself being drawn into a deeper personal understanding of the depth of the mercy, love, and forgiveness of Christ. I highly recommend this book for both men and women who want to receive a greater understanding of what it means to be a representative of Christ to a world that is desperate to know Him."--Nancy Alcorn, president & founder, Mercy Ministries"Although conflicts, heartaches, and obstacles will always be before us, this book is a reminder that an encounter with Christ gives us hope for satisfaction, freedom, grace, forgiveness, and purpose. Jesus gave hope to these desperate women and extends the same invitation to the desperation in us all. He is our find; he is our prize; and we are his."--Jami Smith, worship leader and musician, www.jamismith.com"Jo Kadlecek is a gifted writer! Desperate Women of the Bible is an inspiring, prayerful resource for anyone who wants to know more about women in the Scriptures. The women on these pages come alive as Kadlecek skillfully adds contemporary anecdotes and personal stories that help us realize that solutions to many of today's problems are to be found in the Bible and the Gospel of love given to us by the Lord."--Amy Hill Hearth, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years"I have found in Desperate Women of the Bible a careful teaching on Scripture that invites me to Jesus. Jo has given us an insightful gift into Christ's ways with women. I remember why I love Him as I read the stories here. I think many will be blessed by the truth brought to light in this book."--Debbie Haliday, regional camp director, So Cal FCA"Jo Kadlecek's writing draws me in and her insight takes me deep. Her personal stories compliment the stories in the Scripture and make relevant the lives of these 'desperate women.'"--Sue Semrau, head women's basketball coach, Florida State University
AUTHORBIO: Jo Kadlecek holds Master of Arts degrees in humanities with an emphasis on American literature (where her thesis project was a full-length play on the conversion of Dorothy Day), and in cross-cultural communication with an emphasis in urban ministry. She has a bachelor degree in speech and English secondary education. Currently, she and her husband live in New York City as white residents in the predominantly black neighborhood, trying to continue a commitment to urban living and cross-cultural neighboring. (She also lived in the black community of west Jackson, Mississippi for a ye