Many of us today face lives that we would never have chosen for ourselves. We can often feel as if we are helpless victims, suffering pain carelessly inflicted by others. Bathsheba and the two Tamars (of Genesis 38 and 2 Samuel 13) were women with lives like this: all were victims of inappropriate sexual relationships, and all knew deep personal pain as a result. In this sympathetic study, Julia Jones examines what the Bible tells us about the lives of these women. Drawing out key lessons along the way, she highlights the wonderful fact that, by his grace, God enabled each of these damaged women to be used for his purposes—showing that God can use our dark times for good, too.
- Study guide included
- Discussion questions at the end of each chapter
- Bibliography and suggestions for further reading
Praise for the Print Edition
Can there be hope and healing for victims of sexual abuse? God’s Word says ‘Yes!’ In this book, Julia Jones brings timeless lessons from the lives of three Bible women and shows how God’s wonderful grace can reach into situations of pain and despair.
Many a Bible reader would gloss over these distasteful episodes in Bible history. Julia Jones demonstrates that they have much to teach an age in which every sexual taboo has been broken and the consequent chaos and dysfunction is commonplace. This readable book offers an understanding of failure and shame which is biblical, God-centred and empathetic.
- Title: Face2Face with Tamar, Bathsheba and Tamar: Encountering Three Women with Messed-up Lives
- Author: Julia Jones
- Publisher: Day One
- Publication Date: 2008
- Pages: 80
About Julia Jones
Julia Jones, born and brought up in Yorkshire, England, became a Christian during her student days. She later returned to student work with UCCF. For the past sixteen years, Julia has been involved in church ministry alongside her husband, Daryl. She is part of the FIEC women’s ministry team and speaks at women’s conferences. She is author of A Cup of Cold Water, also published by Day One. Julia is the mother of two teenagers, Harry and Libby.