The Bible’s Faith Hall of Fame is full of people with unimpressive resumes. God seems to specialize in using unlikely people to accomplish His will. Often, in fact, the least likely people demonstrate even greater faith than those who’ve witnessed God’s biggest miracles.

Rahab was a female Canaanite (Israel’s mortal enemy) with a disreputable occupation. She lived in Jericho, the first city slated for annihilation as Israel came to conquer the land. Jericho was an evil place. Yet spies who’d seen miracles listened as Rahab was the one giving the testimony about what their God had done—starting with a story about the Red Sea parting forty years earlier.

A priest (Zechariah) who knew of Sarah and Abraham’s conception in their old age still couldn’t believe God would allow his own elderly wife to conceive; yet a young teen who had never even heard of such a thing as a virgin birth said to the angel, “Let it be to me as you say” (Luke 1:38).

The Book of Esther is about a Jewish orphan girl who, with God’s help, outsmarted the racist advisors of a misogynistic king, thus saving an entire nation from genocide.

Abraham was a liar and Moses, a murderer. David abused his power with a woman and had her husband killed when he learned she had conceived. Zaccheus ripped off people as a tax-collector.

But all these people experienced the transforming power of God.

Some were powerless; some abused their power. We find both kinds on God’s varied list of lives transformed. Indeed, no matter what kind of people we are—maybe a bit of both—God can change us and use us. So let us come to him with palms open and say with the prophet Isaiah, “Here am I! Send me!”

Dr. Sandra Glahn is a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. In her new book, Vindicating the Vixens:Revisiting the Sexualized, Vilified, Marginalized Women of the Bible (Kregel Academic), sixteen male and female scholars help readers see God’s heart for the marginalized. Dr. Glahn blogs for bible.org and at aspire2.com.

 

 

 

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Close out your Christmas holiday with some fresh and fabulous finds from our CAN authors!

Coming January 8th from Dayspring, Sweet Tea For The Soul-Down Home Devotions to Comfort the Heart by Linda Kozar. A great way to kick off your new year with a taste of the south! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vickie McDonough also has a new release – Stained Glass Mandalas, a coloring book with a twist!

Stained Glass Mandalas contains over 50 unique designs. It also features fascinating vignettes about the history of stained glass and interesting facts about tools, technique, and the glass used in creating the colorful projects. These optically engaging patterns stimulate the brain and induce creativity.

Get it here: http://amzn.to/2Bw3jaJ

 

 

 

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Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible

Dr. Sandra Glahn, general editor

An international team of 16 male and female scholars look afresh at vilified and neglected women in the Bible. The result is a new glimpse into God’s heart for anyone, male or female, who has limited social power.

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Autumn greetings from Sarah Sundin in California. Today I have the honor of interviewing Sandra Glahn, a multi-published author who focuses on the women of the Bible and gender issues—talk about timely topics! Extensive reading, research, and travel inform Sandra’s writing, and I think you’ll find her interview fascinating!

Sandra, tell us about your book, Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible.

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Sandra Glahn

I served as general editor for a compilation from a diverse team of theologians who, as the subtitle says, take a fresh look at Bible women who’ve wrongly been sexualized, vilified, and marginalized. We’ve sought to recover how God views women and their role in his kingdom. Read More →

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Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible

by Sandra Glahn

Kregel Academic, November 2017

ISBN0-13: 978-082544413

Book description: 

Did the Samaritan woman really divorce five husbands in a world in which women rarely divorced even one? Did Bathsheba seduce King David by bathing in the nude? Was Mary Magdalene really a reformed prostitute? While many have written studies of the women in the Bible, Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible is a new kind of book—one in which a diverse team of male and female scholars look afresh at women in the Bible whose stories we have misunderstood. The result is a new glimpse into God’s heart for anyone, male or female, who has limited social power.  (Profits from this work benefit the International Justice Mission.)

Author bio: 

Dr. Sandra L. Glahn, general editor, is a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). Dr. Glahn is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books, including the Coffee Cup Bible Study series. She is also a regular blogger for bible.org‘s Engage blog for women in Christian leadership. You can find more about her at www.aspire2.com.

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Julie Cosgrove

Julie B. Cosgrove’s short story, The Highway Chair, just tied for first place in the inspirational genre in a Texas-wide contest. It will be published in a book along with the other 14 genre first place winners: Best Short Stories in Texas 2017.

Congratulations on this honor, Julie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Sandra Glahn was featured on Dallas Theological Seminary’s “The Table Podcast” talking about Christianity and the Arts. https://voice.dts.edu/tablepodcast/theology-and-the-arts/

Listen in at the link above!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H. L. Wegley recently learned that his Against All Enemies Series, books 1 and 2, Voice in the Wilderness and Voice of Freedom won Gold and Silver in the Readers’ Favorite 2017 Awards for Christian Thrillers.

What a wonderful double honor, Harry!

 

 

 

Angela Breidenbach, president of the Christian Authors Network, will be signing at the Romance Through History event at the Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT on Sep. 16th from 2-4pm. She’ll share the history behind the love stories in her newest release Second Chance Brides Collection as well as Blue Ribbon Brides, Lassoed by Marriage, and Captive Brides Collection releasing Oct. 1st. She will visit with genealogy and history enthusiasts and will have The Bucket List Dare available too.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Angela if you live in the Missoula area!

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