Unexpected Love: God’s Heart Revealed in Jesus’ Conversations with Women
You can read more of Julie Zine Coleman’s work at her website Encounter an Unexpected God. She has been an educator for 20 years and a prolific Bible teacher.
You can also check out her Unexpected Love landing space and get chapter guides and lesson plans for group study.
I would sum this book up with this statement:
Jesus loves us unconditionally.
Each of the nine chapters covers a conversation Jesus had specifically with women in the Bible. Women mattered to Jesus. We still matter.
As a Biblical teacher, you learn when you read her words and you are unexpectedly encouraged.
I love the applications for today’s woman, discussion questions and the journal prompts at the end of each chapter.
Jesus commended the faith of those who admitted their unworthiness, their brokenness, their need.
He did not let judgement cloud his interactions with others. He reached out his hand to all. These women came from all walks of life.
Jesus was interested and intentional about each encounter.
In my faith, at times I have struggled to believe I could be significant to God… He is interested. His concern does not depend on how spiritual I might be or how important I might seem in his eyes. It is not dependent on my performance or even my good intentions. I matter to him not because of who I am or what I do. I matter because of who he is.
Jesus is personal. He cares about you. You. Me. Sometimes I need to remember that better.
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