Friday, April 12, 2013

What Every Woman Should Know by Jori Sams (Review, Excerpt, Giveaway)

What was God thinking when He made man and woman? Are they really created equal? Is the church today in divine and biblical order regarding equality?

Author Jori Sams has accomplished a remarkable feat in this eBook. With such eloquence and precision, she takes us on a necessary journey back to the beginning to unpack some of life’s most challenging questions for women, using Scripture to support her beliefs. See the effects of society on the role of women over the ages. Find hope and inspiration. The journey of discovery may surprise you and set you free.

"I would recommend this book for a women's study group, as there are study questions and key points for study at the end of the book. As a former instructor, I also appreciate the bibliography at the end {perfect for people who like to do their own research or dig a little deeper}," Daenel T, expert book reviewer for Living Outside the Stacks.

Jori Sams

Freelance Writer Jori Sams grew up in the Chicago Suburbs. Many years later she packed her bags and headed for the sunny land of Arizona. Since then, she has lived in several different states and five different countries, giving her a palette full of color, diversity and plenty of choices to write about.
The dimensions of her writing and creative abilities are deep. Sams has most recently been a featured journalist for Yahoo! and has more than 1,500 published pieces with Yahoo! alone. The author has put her hand to many genres including fiction, non-fiction, children's stories, poetry, Bible studies and music. The central basis for all she does is anchored around her faith in God.
Sams enjoys a wide selection of leisure activities including hiking, swimming, skiing, traveling, cooking, music, fine arts, painting, fruit and nut picking and rock hounding.

From the Author (taken from Amazon)
I went on a journey to try and unfold the mess that was in my head regarding equality. Not equality in the Western, or any other, Worldview, but that from the eyes of God. What was He thinking when He made man and woman? Are we equal? Were we ever? Will we ever be again? Is the institutionalized church practicing equality in a biblical context? 

My discoveries were astounding. I spent much time in prayer and meditation as I wrote this book, taking it slowly, one step at a time. I wish I had known all of this when I first began walking with the Lord. What a difference it has made. And my prayer is that it is liberating for every woman.

Excerpt taken from:

"Guided by God, she pressed on until after a time she reached what she had longed for, the most holy places of the birth, passion, and resurrection of the Lord." Egeria

…Now that we understand what a household was in ancient Israel, we can better understand the ministry of Jesus. We have had a glimpse of the new law under Him, as He was the fulfilment of the Law and Prophets. Let us look a little closer at some of the metaphors He used regarding the household. Since the paterfamilias was considered the center, or the top, we will work down from there. Regarding the relationship of husband to wife, Jesus sets a new standard in Matthew 19:3-12. Look at it in its context:

"3 Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?"

4 And He answered and said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,


6 "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."

7 They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?"

8 He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.

9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."

10 The disciples said to Him, "If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry."

11 But He said to them, "Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given.

12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.’"

Jesus had seen straight into the hearts of the wicked men. Jesus, being the new law fulfilling the old, is saying if a man has more than one wife, he is an adulterer, unless the first wife has been unfaithful. Indeed, the men were beside themselves with this, as seen in their response. This might be because they had many wives, or as mentioned previously, they wanted to divorce one to go after another. Jesus has taken away their liberties, only the understanding few can accept the reasoning. And only the righteous will apply it. The others stand condemned. Knowing this, they were outraged.

Earlier I taught that Jesus brought equality within the standards between husband and wife when He declared that any man sleeping with any woman other than his wife was committing adultery. Now, in verse 9, we see Jesus set the standards equal again. Observe the Pharisees' response! They exclaim why even marry! Their hearts were so hard. Jesus also quotes Genesis stating that the husband and wife are one in the flesh; the woman is an important part of him and if he loves her, he loves himself.

The wives are becoming equal partners just as the Father intended. The husband can no longer live as he used to. Of further significance, we can read from what Jesus is saying here, it is okay to be single, set apart for service. This statement would be shocking, as this was against the Augustan law of the time in the Roman Empire. If Jesus is saying it is acceptable to be single, then I can take it a step further and surmise it is okay to not bear children. The family line in the flesh doesn't have to be continued…

Closing prayer for chapter seven:
“Abba, thank You for showing me so much! Thank You for liberating my heart and my mind and for lifting the weight. Thank You for giving me something better to hold onto. The life of Christ was perfect. There were no wasted words and no wasted steps. Thank You for reversing the status to make the last first. To give us all importance. Thank You that my identity is in You. May I wear it well. May those around me see it and be blessed. Amen.”

Jori Sams is giving away one copy of her book. If you would like to win that copy, please leave a comment with your name and email (for contact purposes only). Thank you!

My Review

Just from the excerpt above, you can see that the author has done a great deal of research and soul searching for this book. She uses biblical verses to tell the reader what is in the Bible and then her interpretation of what she read. This is definitely a group study book. In order for the reader to fully comprehend and delve deeper into their own understanding, it would be advantageous to have a group available for discussion. 

The author must have seen the advantages of group discussions as she included a study guide in the book as well as a bibliography index to allow the reader to do further research. 

It is a wonderful book, very well written, and well worth the read, especially if you are part of a group. 

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