Rediscovering the God Who Saves Me
by Shadia Hrichi
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Pub Date 31 Oct 2023 | Archive Date Not set
Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers, Leafwood Publishers
Step into the story of Rahab, a woman who witnessed no miracles and knew none of God’s laws. She merely heard of God’s power—and believed.
The story of Rahab appears after God commissions Joshua to lead the Israelites after the death of Moses. No sooner do the people come to the edge of the Promised Land than God puts the whole drama on hold to tell us the story of a Canaanite prostitute. This interruption of the conquest story gives us our first glimpse into the theological significance of Rahab’s story.
In the New Testament, Rahab holds a surprisingly prominent position in several key faith passages—as well as being listed in the lineage of Christ! In fact, she marries a prince! The prostitute marries a prince! This is the stuff of movies. The heartbeat of the Bible is God’s passionate pursuit of his adulterous Bride—a theme that echoes within the depths of every human heart.
But the best part? Rahab’s story is our story. It’s a story centered on three key themes, without which there would be no Bible, no gospel, and no Savior: faith, grace, and salvation. Through her daring faith, Rahab hid enemy spies, defied her king, risked her life, and found the living God. By the time you finish this six-week study, you will never look at the story of Rahab the same way again.
“I’m always on the lookout for Shadia’s newest Bible study. Each one is packed with rich insights, historical detail, and valuable life lessons. Shadia’s expert scholarship combined with relevant personal experiences challenge me and help me grow deeper in my faith.”
—Francine Rivers, international best-selling author
“Insightful and rich in cultural details, Shadia Hrichi’s new Bible study on Rahab takes the reader on a deep and meaningful journey. Because of it, I have a fresh understanding of the God who saves. Highly recommended.”
—Robin Lee Hatcher, Christy Award–winning author of The Legacy of Faith series and I’ll Be Seeing You
"Pick up this study of Rahab and feel like you’re sitting with a friend over coffee discussing what you’re learning about the God who loves you. Over and over in this study, we see that Rahab’s story is our story. It’s the story of God pursuing his beloved people—us—with grace and persistence. With a much deeper dive into this woman in the lineage of Christ, Shadia challenges us to take our faith deeper with a relentlessly faithful God. She reminds us that no one, no matter who they are or what they’ve done, is outside of God’s tender love. Just like he did with Rahab, God extends a rescue cord to each of us."
—Jennifer Crosswhite, author of the best-selling Christian romantic suspense Protective Custody
"Shadia Hrichi once again brings hope and challenge in a thrilling look at the life of Rahab. No matter your past or upbringing, Rahab teaches us what it means to trust, and walk, in faith with the unseen God, and how He can transform the seemingly insignificant into heroes of eternity."
—Tara Johnson, author of Engraved on the Heart, Where Dandelions Bloom, and All Through the Night
"In Rahab, Shadia Hrichi explores details many of us have skimmed over for years—details that make a difference in how we read, understand, apply, and share Scripture as we eagerly await the day of Christ’s return. Leading at a steady pace that encourages reflection, Shadia reveals how God uses a woman who might otherwise seem irrelevant. I enjoy how Shadia examines the stories of God’s interactions with people who are often discarded or discredited as she teaches the foundational truths of Scripture in relevant and exciting ways. I can hardly wait to join Shadia on her next adventure through Scripture!”
—Xochitl Dixon, contributing writer for Our Daily Bread and God Hears Her; author of the 2021 ECPA Christian Book Award Children’s Book Finalist, Different Like Me, and Waiting for God
“As she has done in her other outstanding Bible studies, Shadia Hrichi, in Rahab, has brought to life the story of a fascinating woman whose courage and faith in God transformed her own life and changed history. This book reveals God’s surprising ways of accomplishing his purposes through people we might least expect. Who could have imagined that Rahab, a prostitute and woman without power or influence, would be able, through her belief in God, to save her family from destruction and end up in the ancestral line of Jesus? This Bible study goes in depth, putting Rahab’s story in the context of the larger biblical narrative. Through the book’s questions and exercises, readers in group or individually will be able to probe this amazing story’s meaning and its relevance to their own lives and faith. Hrichi challenges her readers to live lives of courage and faith, and her book helps guide them in that direction.”
—Joseph Bentz, author of 8 Old Testament Passages That Changed the World
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Rahab by Shadia Hrichi is a thought-provoking six-week devotional which focuses on the character of Rahab and how we can all easily relate as we all have bits of her in us. Hrichi emphasizes, "Rahab's story is our story". Absolutely true. The author also clearly describes the steps of faith, grace, trust and salvation. We see how time and time again how God uses ordinary (sometimes even ostracized) people in extraordinary ways. Rahab was clever, brave and enterprising and she had only heard of God.
What an excellent group (or personal) study this would make. The format ensures plenty of space for note taking and answering questions. Included are points to ponder which I like in particular. There are also "just for fun" bits such as imagining what Rahab's home environment was like. Another thought which really resonated with me is that God saves us from ourselves, as the author described of her own situation. I like the idea of written devotionals to keep one focused (speaking from experience) and the fact that the author has weekly dates with God at the sea! We could all implement that, sea or no sea. So many practical lessons to be learned. God is always, always faithful and He never changes.
Whether you are new to Christian devotionals or not, you will definitely get something out of this. God knows our needs and will meet them in ways which are special and miraculous.
My sincere thank you to Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers for providing me with an early digital copy of this wonderful devotional book.
Rahab: Rediscovering the God Who Saves Me is a Bible study that is not to be missed. The time and effort that went into developing this study has to have been quite significant. It goes beyond simply looking into what the Bible says (which is a necessity, of course!). This author writes the best personal application questions I have ever encountered in a Bible study. The questions are specific and clearly exemplify how the Biblical passage is directly relevant to the reader’s life. While there are options for using only portions of each day’s reading, I highly encourage readers to go all-in to get the most out of it. I cannot wait for the accompanying video teachings to be released. I will definitely be purchasing a physical copy of this study and will be looking into other works from the author!
Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Rahab: Rediscovering the God Who Saves Me is a Bible study by gifted author Shadia Hrichi. This six week study may be done individually or in a group. It is extraordinary!
The author has a fabulous way of writing and presenting her material. It is easy to understand and follow. She presents life application questions to make it personal and relatable. There is much food for thought here.
Whether you are a seasoned Christian or new fledgling one, you will benefit from this edifying study. I highly recommend it for all Christians. It gets a 5 star rating from me.
A copy was provided by NetGalley, but these are my honest words. #Rahab