by Karen Davis
Pursued by suffering and pain, we may wonder where to find the joys of living. The refreshing approach in Triumphs of the Heart offers us hope. Intent to show the reader the way of a joyful, productive life, Cheryl Ford presents eight Old and New Testament women by telling the story of each woman and revealing keen insights in each chapter of this book.
Each woman illustrates a type of triumphant heart. Anna reveals the watchful heart. The Syrophoenician woman shows the tenacious heart. The queen of Sheba has a searching heart. Deborah pictures a valiant heart. Queen Esther possesses a daring heart. Priscilla enjoys a liberated heart. The woman with only two coins exhibits a sacrificial heart. Finally, the woman at the well shows an evangelist's heart.
Let us look at Cheryl Ford's development of Queen Esther's dilemma. The reader can feel her tension as she discovers courage to face almost certain death. Doing much more than merely retelling the story of Esther, the author discusses the underlying issues raised by the situations facing her. Finally, she asks us to consider whether we have any Hamans in our lives, urges Psalm 37:12,13 as encouragement, and calls for prayer in response to this chapter's lessons.
The stories of these women help us discover signposts to winning spiritual victories in the twenty-first century