Divinity of Women by Heather B. Moore & S. Kent Brown

I have read different books which discuss women of the Bible, but my first impression as I began reading Divinity of Women: Inspiration and Insights from Women of the Scriptures by Heather B. Moore and S. Kent Brown was different than previous books I’ve read. The authors’ approach was fresh and simple instead of information dense like some books I’ve read which rely heavily on scholarly research. Their uninhibited discussion led to enjoyable reading and lots of new insights.

In Divinity of Women we are introduced to women one by one, a chapter at a time. I like how the authors divide their book into different sections, which in turn highlight the unique gifts and contributions of scriptural women while subtly emphasizing what gifts and insights they shared with each other in given section. That organizational approach alone gave me greater insight into the women Moore and Brown highlight throughout their book.

The portraits of women that introduce each section are beautiful and add to the insights shared in this book. Also, I really liked the selected scripture verses that introduce the women because I felt each verse focused so well the divine essence of each unique woman even before the authors shared their thoughts. The authors’ insights are perceptive yet scripturally accurate, and I found the scripture references at the end of each chapter helpful.

I was surprised how much I learned through the thoughtful and careful discussion surrounding each woman, but I must say I was profoundly touched by the beautiful chapter on Mother Eve. Whether you are a scholar of the scriptures or an average reader of the scriptures like most of us, you will be touched with the beauty and insights of this new book about women in the scriptures and how much they mirror women today in their joys and challenges.

I rarely read books more than once, but I will read this book again for sure. Moore and Brown have written a classic! Thank you. Heather B. Moore sent me a complimentary eBook of Divinity of Women to review.

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Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig

Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig is the third book in her Edge of Freedom series about Irish-American immigrants. Having not read any books by Ludwig, I was pleasantly surprised by the intensity and depth of her story and characters.

The story opens with the young Irish Captain Morgan docking his ship in New York harbor with his ship’s dead doctor who appears to have been murdered. Not knowing what to make of the situation, Keondric Morgan is certain that the beautiful Tillie McGrath is part of the mystery.

Seeking out Tillie in New York brings more unanswered questions to Captain Morgan’s mind. But amid the uncertainty, he knows one thing: Tillie is likely in danger and he must protect her. So begins Ludwig’s Tide and Tempest.

Amid the obvious intense and unrelenting plot of Tide and Tempest, both Tillie and Captain Morgan struggle with their own internal tempests and insecurities. Tillie mourns Braedon and seeks respite by making plans to have an orphanage. Captain Morgan struggles with his responsibilities to support his family and keeping an eye on his younger brother and partner Cass.

Ludwig reveals her characters struggles so subtly and yet so obviously, she easily pulls our sympathies into both Tillie’s and Captain Morgan’s situations. I liked how this book stands alone even though it is clearly part of a series.

Using a heart-pounding plot which intensifies with each successive chapter, Ludwig introduces us to the Irish immigrants in the United States who want freedom and opportunities. Yet, she adeptly shows us that they have strong ties to home and strong hope for a better homeland for their countrymen.

I will definitely read more of Elizabeth Ludwig’s books. Bethany House Publishing sent me a complimentary copy of Tide and Tempest to review.