Thursday, June 27, 2019

Book Review - The Women Who Met Jesus


Though they seem worlds apart from us, the women of New Testament times had similar heartaches and desires. They too experienced ambition, worry, brokenness, loneliness, and insecurity. They may have wondered how some unusual man from Galilee could possibly understand their needs. And then they met him.

Rather than trivializing their problems or ignoring women, Jesus responded to their deepest needs. He reminded them of their value and transformed their past, present, and future. This engaging book recounts eighteen of their powerful true stories and shows that when a woman encounters Jesus, she cannot help but be changed forever.


Dorothy Valcárcel has a 35-year career working with charitable organizations worldwide. That work, along with her own personal struggle to overcome challenging disabilities, is the catalyst for global website designed to encourage women in their walk with Jesus. Her daily devotionals are also featured on


This book introduces us to twenty women who met Jesus face-to-face in the New Testament. The author shows us the care and concern that Jesus gives each one of these women and how their lives are transformed because of their interaction and acceptance of Him.

One thing I really like is that the author shares her own personal struggles and how Jesus has made such a difference for her. The book is not a text-book type book but a book that makes our experience with Jesus personal as we read through the Bible and ponder the questions the author shares after each study of the encounter and she also gives us more in-depth questions for a deeper study. I like when the book helps us to make what we've read in the Bible personal and the questions are really great for going deeper into our faith and understanding.

Each of these women were broken in different ways and we are able to relate to what they went through. I love how we see the transformation these women have because of their encounter with the living God, Jesus.

The only negative I have about this book is the liberty the author takes in making a connection of the woman's problem or what she may have been thinking/feeling. I read my Bible literally and am very cautious when an author takes liberties in their study just to make a point.

Overall, I liked this book and I loved the fact that it wasn't just a shallow study of Jesus. I felt like there was a lot of positive things about the book and I enjoyed it. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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