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WMU releases new Bible study seriescomment (0)

January 6, 2000

BIRMINGHAM – Responding to a growing number of requests for Bible study materials, national Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) has published the first two books in a new Bible study series, “Timeless Bible Truths for the 21st Century Woman.”

The first two titles are “Women of Faith: Living Lives That Matter,” by Carolyn Dipboye of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and “Until Christ is Formed in You,” by Velma Darbo Stevens of Forth Worth, Texas. A third book will be released this summer.

In writing “Until Christ is Formed in You,” Stevens hoped studying Christian character traits “would inspire women to a newer and deeper understanding and appreciation of those qualities.” She sees this study as a primer for Christian growth.

Virtues such as faith and wisdom, power and persistence, kindness and friendship, and mercy and forgiveness are addressed with contemporary anecdotes and applications. “Women of Faith: Living Lives That Matter” details the stories of several women of the Bible with a view to relating their examples to present-day women. According to writer Dipboye, contemporary women learn “how to be faithful in the time and circumstances in which we live” by studying women in the Bible. Dipboye points out the women studied are diverse: Deborah contrasts to Priscilla; Rahab to the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31. Each woman, however, teaches a lesson in faithfulness, the focus of the book.

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