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Just a Sister Away: Understanding the Timeless Connection Between Women of Today and Women in the Bible [Hardcover]

By Renita J. Weems (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2005
ISBN  0446578940  
EAN  9780446578943  

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agar and Sarah. The daughters of Zelophehad. Vashti and Esther. Jephthah's daughter and the mourning women. Achsah and Caleb. Well-known and obscure, honored and reviled?it is in their lives that the true story of women and the beginnings of Christianity is written. And it is through their failings and triumphs that we can better understand the choices we face as we struggle to achieve God's blessings. Based on her own real-world experiences and her extensive knowledge of scripture, Dr. Weems explores the fascinating women of the Bible and the lessons they offer

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More About Renita J. Weems

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Renita J. Weems is a bible scholar and an ordained elder in the African Methodist Church whose scholarly insights into modern faith, biblical texts, and the role of spirituality in everyday lives have made her a much sought after author and speaker. Dr. Weems, formerly a member of the faculty of Vanderbilt Univeristy and former Visiting Professor at Spelman College, has been celebrated by Ebony Magazine as one of America's top 15 preachers. When she is not travelling and speaking, Dr. Weems is at home writing for where she contributes a regular column on politics and faith, and keeping up with her readers on her blog Dr. Renita Weems lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and daughter.

Renita J. Weems currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Renita J. Weems was born in 1954.

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A Good Connection  Jun 27, 2006
If you've ever thought about or wondered how closely connected today's women are the Bibical women, then this is the book for you. Tastefully presented, thought provoking, and easily understood by any woman of today.
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Just A Sister Away... My sister  Mar 16, 2006
Author Renita J. Weems appeared to be playing the "Devil's Advocate" when she used familiar lessons from the Bible like Abraham and Sarah, Naomi and Ruth, Martha and Mary, Jephthah's Daughter and the Mourning Women and so on. But what is so awesome about "Just A Sister Away" is we were able to take a peek into the minds and hearts of the women who were not considered to be "chosen" of God and those who were placed in a predicament that was not of their doing, like Hagar.

Weems gives readers an opportunity to walk in the shoes of women, like Hagar, who was first used by her owner Sarah and then thrown away once Sarah realized she made a mistake giving Hagar to her husband, Abraham. But what no one ever talks about is what Hagar was going through; she has been made to look like a home wrecker in the lessons we have heard over and over again, but we find in this lesson that in spite of the plans Sarah (Sarai) had, God still had a plan for Hagar and her son, Ishmael.

"Just A Sister Away" reminds us that there is always more than one side of the story, and it is fascinating to read from the perspective of those whose voice is not really heard throughout the Bible just what may have been going through their minds and the emotions they experienced. Most importantly of all, we are reminded that God does indeed favor women. We can be found throughout the Word of God.

Reviewed by Sharel E. Gordon-Love
APOOO BookClub
best of for 2006  Jan 3, 2006
Best devotional and guide book for 2006
Women of substance  Nov 9, 2005
The men often overshadowed the women of the Bible, but in JUST A SISTER AWAY: Understanding the Timeless Connection Between the Women of Today and Women in the Bible, author Renita J. Weems seeks to bring their stories forth through a new revelation. She delves beneath the surface information presented in the Bible to let readers see that these women, despite the roles they held, were women of valor and substance. Much has been written about their roles during biblical times, but as the author notes, not much is written about how they felt about themselves, their roles or each other. Ms. Weems modernizes some of these familiar, and some not so familiar, stories of women and how they treated other women to gauge how they really felt about themselves and their positions.

There were thirteen stories in all, complete with lessons and analyses. In Chapter One is the familar and noteworthy story of Hagar and Sarah in "A Mistress, a Maid, and No Mercy." This reconstructed story tells of where Sarah sends her maid Hagar to her husband Abraham, showing the feelings of each woman as it relates to jealousy, faithfulness, low self-esteem and self worth. My favorite story of this book is the story of Martha and Mary in "My Sister's Keeper." In this chapter, Ms. Weems retells the story of the day that Jesus and his disciples come to visit in the home of Martha and Mary. Martha is busy preparing the meal while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus as the men are talking. What makes this story so unique is the way that Ms. Weems tells it by using the feelings and emotions of first Martha then Mary. And their feelings are demonstrated by the way they treat, or mistreat, each other.

To say that I was amazed at some of Ms. Weems' interpretations is an understatement. I was in total awe of some and nodding my head in agreement in others as if I was actually present. She uses the stories of women in the Bible highlighting their failings, their struggles and their triumphs to show each of us how we can overcome adversity to obtain the blessings that have been promised to us and how we today still share the same struggles. A few of the stories were a little hard to grasp simply because of the sacred nature of them, but Ms. Weems' style of writing was one that didn't impose, but rather made you consider the possibility. JUST A SISTER AWAY is also structured like a workbook complete with deep, probing questions at the end of each chapter designed to challenge the reader to analyze their personal relationships with both women and men and apply some of the lessons taught. I enjoyed this inspirational and thought-provoking book and I encourage every woman to get a copy.

Reviewed by Brenda M. Lisbon
of The RAWSISTAZý Reviewers

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