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U.S. Catholic Book Club: Good Girls, Bad Girls

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Good Girls, Bad Girls by T.J. Wray (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008)

Review: In clear and engaging language Good Girls, Bad Girls presents 12 of the most important and fascinating women of the Hebrew Bible. In the book's two major parts-Liars, Lawmakers, and Lovers; and Victims, Volunteers, and Vindicators-the reader will encounter Ruth and Jezebel, along with lesser known women such as the Shunammite Woman (1 Kings).

The portraits of these ladies are refreshingly nuanced and multifaceted. Along with solid biblical scholarship, T. J. Wray provides sensitive insights into the contemporary relevance of these women's stories.  This book will appeal to both students of the Bible and women and men interested in discovering what these biblical women can teach us today. —Father John Molyneux, C.M.F., Editor, U.S. CATHOLIC

Discussion starters for each chapter:

  1. What does this story teach me about myself?
  2. What does this story teach me about God?
  3. What does this story teach me about others?
  4. Discuss whether or not the woman presented is truly a "good girl" or a "bad girl."
  5. Aside from the enduring lessons presented at the end of each chapter, are there other lessons that this story might teach us today?

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