Ten Women Of The Bible: One By One They Changed The World, by Max Lucado with Jenna Lucado Bishop
This book, plain and simple, is a cash grab. Perhaps at some point Max Lucado was a good writer, but at this point his writings are all cut-and-paste disappointments . When one can read a great many excellent works by and/or about women , why would you want pale imitations like this one? That is the question faced by any potential reader of this book. This is not only the sort of book that is not worth paying for, it is the sort of book that may disappoint many people to get for free. One wonders to what extent the author himself is aware of the works that are being published in his name, given the fact that this book is so disappointing. I hope that someone on the author’s team, whether the author himself or his agent or publisher, can let him know that his brand name is simply being hurt too much by films like this to let it go on. Someone has to pull the plug and let his career be over before his work becomes something to actively avoid rather than merely find redundant and unnecessary.
Those who are familiar with books about women will not be surprised at the way this book is organized. The author chooses to talk about ten women, and woman gets five days worth of studies, making this a fifty-day devotional study, unless this is meant to be done over teen weeks, only including the week-days. The women chosen include many of my favorite women in the Bible: Sarah, Rahab, Abigail, Esther, Mary the Mother of Jesus, the Samaritan Woman, the Canaanite woman at the well, Mary of Bethany, Mary Magdalene, and the one baddie of the lot, Sapphira. The chapters themselves include biblical scriptures on the far left and right sides, but include a lot of material that barely has anything to do with the subject at hand. Even though all of the chapters are named for women, the accounts themselves focus far more on the men involved than the women, to the point where there are times that more than half of the material barely even mentions the woman who serves as the unifying principle behind the section. At times, it would seem, it is too much trouble for the author and his faith assistant/daughter (?) to keep track of who the material is supposed to be about. At least the questions asked in the material is generally worthwhile.
So, why would someone get this book? It’s a mystery to me. How many people are going to rush out a book because it has Max Lucado’s name on it? Anyone at this point who considers his name as a selling point for a book needs to become acquainted with better books. This book is meandering, tedious, and filled with all kinds of material which is largely irrelevant to the stories about the women who are the nominal subject matter of the book. It is perhaps no surprise that the titular author would have little involvement with the work, given the wide variety of his sources that are combined together to make this frankenbook. It is more of a surprise that the added material was from a woman, someone who presumably would understand and be interested in what the Bible has to say about women, and still not be able to add enough material about the biblical women to make this a more interesting book. How does a book fail so ineptly? At least the women themselves and what the Bible has to say about them is good, however poorly the author and his faithful assistant present the biblical material.
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