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Walking with Gospel Women
Interactive Bible meditations
by Fiona Stratta
Publisher:BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Fiona Stratta's book aims to help us encounter God, through 'interactive Bible meditations'. Using our imagination, we enter into the lives of many of the women mentioned in the Gospels. Each chapter follows the same pattern. First, one or more suggested readings from the Gospels, and then a 'monologue'. Each monologue is an imaginative retelling of a Gospel story from a woman's perspective. So, for example, the monologue based on John's account of the woman caught in adultery begins like this: "I felt a rough hand on my shoulder, pushing me towards Jesus, causing me to stumble and fall at his feet." Details which are not in the Bible are imagined by the author - so, in this particular story the woman speaks of seeing her husband in the crowd, and of hearing her son cry out. Following each monologue is a set of questions for reflection and discussion. This book is designed for use in small groups, but I found it worked well for me as an individual, too. If you want to learn how to enter imaginatively into the Bible, this book would be a helpful and refreshing place to start.
Reviewer: Jackie Rowe (30/12/12)