Friday, August 4, 2017

What Makes the Women in the Bible so Beautiful?

It has been a crazy summer and I apologize for abandoning my blog for the last few months. If you don't follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you may have missed the news that my husband got a new job in Idaho. This summer we have been in the process of selling our house in Iowa and moving up to Idaho! We are sad about leaving the Mid-West because we really loved it, but it does also feel nice to move back home and closer to family. I am hopeful that wonderful things await us in Idaho.

We've been living with my in-laws in Utah for a few months until we can close on our new house and it has been a neat opportunity to do some speaking events (which I love) and to do some interviews with Utah-based organizations. Several months ago Stephanie at Bloom Productions Utah contacted me about making a short 1-minute video for their Instagram account. Her group is trying to spread good messages online about inner beauty. Stephanie had read my post about Getting Adam to Partake and wanted me to share some of my experiences wearing a headscarf. I am SO not comfortable on video, but it was exciting to try something new.

Stephanie and I also made a longer video discussing beauty and the women in the scriptures. This one is about 2 1/2 minutes long. It is so hard for me to watch myself on video, and I need to practice my looking at the camera skills (apparently I bat my eyes when I am nervous) , but I'm pretty happy with how I did. I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

List of All the Women in the Old Testament

All art work by Mandy Jane Williams. 

I have been working on a book about the women of the Old Testament (similar to the one I did for the women in the New Testament). The Old Testament women have been way, way more complicated than the New Testament, and it has been quite the undertaking for the last while.  I just finished it last week, and am really happy with how it turned out. I wasn't able to write about all the women in the Old Testament (there are way too many) but I did a good number of them. And the art work is turning out beautiful.  Yay! Walking with the Women of the Old Testament will be out sometime this fall.

As part of the book I put together a list of all the women in the Old Testament. I included only real women (not metaphorical or figurative women, like  the"daughters of Zion"). Some names are repeated, for example there are 5 Maachah's, but they are all individual women. There are more than 317 women and groups of women in the Old Testament, and most of them have names! No wonder I like it so much.

Eventually I will put together a study guide for the women of the Old Testament, like I have for the women of the New Testament and the women of the Book of Mormon. Until then I hope this list is helpful for your scripture study. I also have lists on all the women in the New Testament and Book of Mormon women on my blog as well.

List of Women in the Old Testament (in Chronological Order)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Recommendations for Studying the Women in the Scriptures

I have had many requests for book recommendations for studying the Bible and women in the scriptures. I have amassed a fairly impressive library over the years and so I thought I'd go through it and just share with you several of my favorites.

All of these books will help you dig deeper into the scriptures and gain new insights, but they are no replacement for studying the original text yourself. It is much more rewarding to get your own insights about stories instead of reading other people's... make sure you read the scriptures in along with these resources. I know that sounds silly but you'd be surprised how many people spend more time reading commentaries about the scriptures instead of reading the scriptures themselves!

I hope that this list gets you excited about scripture study and that you find something to help deepen your understanding and study. If there are any great books or resources that I have missed please let me know in the comments. I am always looking for good additions to my library!