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Unexpected Love is an essential read for anyone eager to understand Jesus Christ's true heart for women. We ache for a satisfying relationship with Him and crave His healing touch - and so did the women of the first century. Each approached Him with something they wanted a... Read More

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Unexpected Love is an essential read for anyone eager to understand Jesus Christ's true heart for women. We ache for a satisfying relationship with Him and crave His healing touch - and so did the women of the first century. Each approached Him with something they wanted and they left with more than they could have imagined.

In Unexpected Love: God's Heart Revealed in Jesus' Conversations with Women, writer and teacher Julie Coleman carefully walks you through the gospel narratives, offering evidence of a perceptive Savior deeply concerned about the women He met. Through vivid descriptions, thoughtful questions and empowering applications, she brings a fresh perspective to these sometimes puzzling stories. The book offers a compelling vision of a Savior who meets us where we are and will take us where we need to go. What you read will impact your own relationship with Him - you will fall in love with the dynamic, beautiful and unexpectedly personal Jesus.

Product Details:
Page Count: 256
Released: 02/2013
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jan 9, 2013
  • UPC: 9781400204243
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Publish Date: Feb 4, 2013
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "REL012120"
  • ISBN: 1400204240

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Not just for women! by Davey on 1/18/2013
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I don’t make it a habit to read books that are geared for, and marketed to, women. In fact, I believe this would be the first. After all, last I checked, I didn’t... um... fit the part! That being said, when I received a copy of Unexpected Love, I was challenged and captivated, and the Word of God was clarified and complemented.

Julie visits nine episodes in the Gospels where Jesus has direct and poignant interaction with women:

1. his mother, Mary (John 2)
2. the hemorrhaging woman (Mark 5)
3. the woman who washed His feet (Luke 7)
4. the woman with the demon-possessed daughter (Matthew 15)
5. the woman caught in adultery (John 8)
6. Martha (Luke 10)
7. the woman at the well (John 4)
8. Salome (Matthew 20)
9. Mary Magdalene (John 20)

Throughout each of the nine chapters, Julie proves herself to be a master storyteller, retelling the Biblical narrative while respectfully embellishing such details as internal dialogue, facial expressions, and gestures.

As a seminary graduate, Julie knows well that for any maxim or saying to impact our lives, it must be based solidly on Scripture. That is best achieved once the student of the Word has dug deep, seeing the passage through the lens of first century thought and the original languages. For this reason, before she delved into the application, she first dug deeper into the passage. Asking (and answering!) questions such as:

Was Jesus being disrespectful of Mary in the way He spoke to her?
What was the hemorrhaging woman’s medical problem?
Why did the Gospel writers intertwine the hemorrhaging woman’s story with the Jairus account?
What is a Pharisee?

And those are just representative of the first three chapters!

Finally, in a section entitled “For Today’s Woman,” Julie then connects the Word to our world – and it’s not *just* for today’s woman! Most of the chapters I found myself having to set the book down and go to God in prayer, whether it was thanking Him for His grace, or asking forgiveness for poor attitudes and motivations! As if that section was insufficient, she then gives some other questions and journaling prompts for the reader’s further reflection. Just in terms of value, this book gives you much bang for your buck!

I was blown away by the amount of Scripture references and footnotes detailing the customs and traditions of the first century world. Julie is never one to shy away from depth, yet does it in such a manner that it is immediately accessible.

I would highly recommend this book for your women’s small group, for your own personal devotional time, or even to the Bible college or seminary student that wishes to augment their knowledge of the Four Gospels and Jesus’ ministry.

Davey Ermold
B.S. in Bible; Th.M. in Theology
Adjunct Professor, Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary

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