Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler is a simple retelling, in Spangler’s words, of twenty Bible stories involving women. In some of these stories, the women truly are wicked—as in evil. In others the women are wicked in the contemporary, ironic sense. For example, Spangler defines David’s wife Abigail as being wicked smart.
Though the stories are factual—these women did exist, Spangler presents them as historical fiction, telling readers what they may have been thinking or what their motives may have been. She includes footnotes throughout, citing sources and clarifying what’s fact and what is speculation on her part.
Following each story, Spangler includes a section called The Times. Here she presents cultural insights relevant to understanding what was going on and how the people of the day would have perceived events.
Spangler closes each chapter with a section called The Takeaway. Personally I think these sections hold the greatest value in this book. The Takeaway includes deep questions meant to help readers apply lessons from each Bible story to their own lives. This section makes the book useful for small group Bible studies, potentially prompting some lively discussions.
I thank Zondervan for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.