Swimming the Red Sea of Reeds: How Ancient Contexts Inform ScriptureComplimenting the message in her second book, Mary Magdalene Never Wore Blue Eye Shadow: Digging through History, Literature, and Culture for Biblical Truth, Amanda explains the importance of context when studying Scripture. Audiences will learn, among other things, that
- Isaac was a willing participant in his own near-sacrifice,
- the Israelites may have thought they were honoring God with their golden calf,
- the "Proverbs 31 woman" was never intended as a role model, and
- prophecy can be fulfilled again and again.
- Solomon's temple architecture,
- Israelite and Jewish divination tools,
- ancient burial practices, and
- the "inn" where Jesus was born.
Not Hannah but Anna: Nurturing a Fruitful Life in a Barren WorldLoosely based on the message in Barren among the Fruitful, Amanda encourages audiences to recognize the difference between wishing God would fulfill their desires and desiring only His will for their lives. Wholeness comes not from having all we want, but from wanting all of Him. Combining personal stories and biblical truths, this study and address can be convicting, cathartic, and inspirational.
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