Disclaimer: I was sent a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
J. Lee Grady, a man who (with his wife) raised four daughters shares the stories and lessons learned from “22 women who challenged tradition, fought injustice and dared to lead” in his book, Fearless Daughters of the Bible. Isn’t that subtitle just inspiring in itself? When I think of the Bible and the lessons I learned in Sunday School, church, and Bible School, how many of them were about the men? As a feminist who is challenging tradition by being the bread winner, I knew this book was going to be an inspiration not only on my faith journey but also in my day to day life.
I was right.
Grady explores the stories of powerful women in recent history and in today’s faith world and explores the comparisons between them and these Fearless Daughters of the Bible. As expected, women like Mary (mother of Jesus), Ruth, Sarah, and Miriam are included. I, however, was introduced to some women this pastor’s kid had never read about (or may I just didn’t pay attention?) — Priscilla, Jehosheba, and Deborah (among others).
Following a connection between modern day fearless daughters of faith and a discussion of the biblical daughter, Grady presents appropriate challenges / thoughts to guide the reader to consider their faith (and in some instances prompt us to become stronger, more fearless women). The chapters conclude with discussion questions (these would be great in a Bible Study) and a message from God, tying it all together.
As a woman who hopes to break molds and use the gifts God has given me, Grady’s book was definitely an empowering read. It’s a good reminder of the things that I hope to do in this world.
Fearless Daughters of the Bible by J. Lee Grady is published by Chosen Books and retails for $14.99.