The Man Who Loved Women is a collection of love stories that transcend all time, space, and genre. Its hero - a Man who chose to accept, encourage, and empower every woman He met. Its heroines - eighteen women who loved the one Man who could fulfill their every need, among them:
- Mary, The Flawed Woman trying to raise the perfect child in an imperfect world.
- Anna, The Empty Woman who longed for the children she was physically unable to have
- Martha, The Stressed Woman whose attention to busywork only distracted her from life's most meaningful moments
Do these women sound familiar? You may recognize their names from the New Testament, but there is no doubt you recognize their needs - needs representative of the universal longing for love all women share.
Fortunately, the one Man who fulfilled the needs of women in biblical times is the same Man who can fulfill our needs today.
In The Man Who Loved Women, each biblical love story includes a reflection of today - contemporary love stories that mirror the needs of women throughout history, and discussion questions for reflecting on your own relationship with the only Man who can fulfill your every need.
"A Time for Reflection" study guides at the end of each chapter are divided into three sections you may complete and use individually or with a Bible study or women's group.
- "Exploration" asks for your personal experiences, thoughts and feelings on the need illustrated by each New Testament woman's story, such as the need to be perfect ... the need for understanding ... and the need to belong.
- "Inspiration" offers a 21st century illustration of each need as expressed in the New Testament woman's story. Inspirational quotes and questions asking you to reflect on how each woman's life has inspired your own are included.
- "Affirmation" gives you selected texts and quotes to inspire you throughout your day, incorporating the essence of each woman's story into your life and continually affirming your own spiritual growth.
So please come meet The Man Who Loved Women -- the Man who loves you.
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In storytelling style Dorothy Valcarcel studies the lives of 18 New Testament women who knew Jesus personally in her new release The Man Who Loved Women [WinePress Publishing, December 2006]. Broken and needy, these women were downcast in their society, but Jesus still cared about them. He still took time to meet their needs. In a parallel narrative that shows Bible days and modern times, Ms. Valcarcel defines the kind of everlasting love that every woman longs for, the kind that lifts her up, holds her tight and never lets her go.
In Chapter One, Ms. Valcarcel says, "This book is borne out of my personal desire to find a lasting love that would bring me total fulfillment. I'm talking about the type of love that is there when you go to bed at night and has not left you when you get up in the morning. A love that climbs with you to the mountaintop and does not take off when you hit a valley. A love that does not waver when the wind blows in a different direction. A love that turns heaven and earth to find you, then wraps its arms around you and never lets you go. Don't you want to find this kind of love? Doesn't everyone?"
Using personal anecdotes and story illustrations, Ms. Valcarcel brings the study down to where we live. Even the most informed reader will gain a broader understanding that Jesus can fulfill her needs as no one else can. Each chapter includes a study guide with three distinct sections designed for individual as well as group study.From the Author:
My name is Dorothy Valcárcel. You probably don't know me. I have never had my face on Time Magazine or modeled for Vogue. I am not some famous politician or wealthy socialite.
I am just a regular gal from Arizona. Someone who may be a lot like you. I am Jimmy & Ellen's daughter. Sheryl's sister. Jim's wife. And Aimee and Bethanie's proud aunt.
So far, in my lifetime, I have been someone's friend, roommate and girlfriend. I've been happy and sad, unemployed and overworked, loved and rejected. I've been a student and a teacher. A patient and a nurse. An employee and an employer.
During the last twenty years, my work with non-profit organizations around the world has taken me into ghettos, orphanages, domestic abuse shelters, and food kitchens. And I have been privileged to meet people who have the busiest hands and biggest hearts. People who say "Let me help."
As I have personally witnessed the consequences of the worst side of love, I have also come to realize that Jesus' love always wins. It may be battered and bruised - but His love will prevail.
This is what my book, The Man Who Loved Women is all about. Every chapter focuses on the way love triumphs over emptiness, rejection, grief, loneliness, and many other pesky problems that plague our lives and destroy our happiness.
So please join me, my friend, on the road to fulfillment, purpose and love. It is a road that will carry us through common territory. Who knows, our paths may have already crossed as we've struggled with the challenges that have up-ended our well-laid plans or turned our world upside down.
But here our lives finally intersect. And someone special wants to join our journey by transforming us with His love.
So, I invite you to come meet The Man Who Loved Women.
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