Introducing Mesu Andrews
Reading is one of my joy-finders. Finding new-to-me authors who write inspiring novels with a Christian world-view is a huge joy for me. Why? Because I know I will enjoy any book they release.
Mesu Andrews is one of my favorite authors. She and I share battles with chronic illness, however, her struggles haven’t stopped her from writing. Her genre is biblical fiction and one of the reasons I love her books so is because the depth of research that she puts into each story makes them come alive! I’ve never been to the Holy Land, but I feel as though I’m there when I read her books. Because her books are generally over 350 pages and the Bible’s account of her main character may only be a few chapters or even a few verses, she does extensive research, including works of biblical scholars and historical records to fill in the details while creating a story that will grip you from the beginning.
In full disclosure, Mesu is a good friend. But I was a fan before I was a friend and I subscribe to her blog for info about her next book and her thought-provoking topics. Today’s topic on her blog was about quiet women of the Bible – women as I described above, mentioned in only a verse or two in the Bible. Nameless women, but God added their account in His Holy Word.
Today’s post was about Isaiah’s wife and at the end of the post, she asked:
- Who is one of your favorite “quiet women” of the Bible? Someone who is only mentioned once or maybe not even mentioned by name?
As I typed my comment in the box, I realized my answer was long. Very long. My favorite “quiet women” are recorded in the Bible, not for what they did in life, but because they were brought back from the dead. They are Jairus’ daughter, resurrected by Jesus, and Tabitha, brought back to life by Peter.
Jairus’ daughter in Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43; and Luke 8:41-56 is one of my favorite because of a novel written about her. When I read Tamar by Gladys Malvern, in my public school library, I was fascinated. I’d never read a biblical fiction book before. Malvern connected Jairus’ daughter with the centurion’s servant and made a YA love story that got me hooked on biblical fiction at age 13 or 14.
The biblical account of Jairus’ daughter shows the great love that man had for his daughter — very different in a time when daughters were considered chattel. She must have been very special for her father to have sought out Jesus and humbled himself to have her healed. Jesus saw the love the father had for his daughter and healed her, after healing the woman who touched the hem of his garment. (Which would be another great story!)
Tabitha, also known as Dorcas
The second “quiet woman” is Tabitha. (No, not the little girl on Bewitched,) Acts 9:36-43 says she was a seamstress who made tunics and garments and gave them away to the local widows. She was so well-loved that when she died, two men were sent to get Peter. When he arrived, he saw that instead of hiring professional mourners, the widows were there grieving with the clothes that Tabitha had made them. The scene moved Peter and he prayed for her. The Lord answered his prayer and she sat up, alive and well. I can only imagine that her days were filled with retelling as she sat and sewed.
Legacies & Gifts
What a legacy these women had! And what a gift Mesu Andrews has given us by letting us glimpse into the lives of women in the Bible, like Miriam, Pharaoh’s Daughter (who rescued Moses from the bulrushes), King Solomon’s bride of the Song of Solomon (Love’s Sacred Song), and even Jezebel. If you’d like to see all the books Mesu has written, here’s a link to her brand-new, updated website and here’s a link to her Amazon page.
Do you have a favorite quiet woman in the Bible? Leave a comment below or go to Mesu’s original post, Who is Isaiah’s Wife, and leave your comment there. And come back next month when I’ll spot-light another favorite author and great friend: Beth Vogt.