Walking with Biblical Women of Courage

imaginative studies for Bible meditation

Fiona Stratta

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We're all called to everyday courage: the ability to persevere in suffering, resilience in the face of disappointment and loss, strength to take on difficult roles. Walking with Biblical Women of Courage is an encouraging and empowering collection of meditative monologues told from the perspectives of women from both the Old and New Testaments. The monologues are followed by questions designed for either individual or group exploration and reflection.


  • Hagar (Part 1)
  • Hagar (Part 2)
  • Shiphrah, Puah and Jochebed
  • Deborah
  • Jael
  • Jephthah's daughter
  • Michal (Part 1)
  • Michal (Part 2)
  • Abigail (Part 1)
  • Abigail (Part 2)
  • The queen of Sheba
  • The widow with two sons
  • The woman of Shunem (Part 1)
  • The woman of Shunem (Part 2)
  • The young Jewish maid
  • Tabitha or Dorcas
  • Mary of Jerusalem
  • Lydia
  • Priscilla
  • Phoebe
  • Eunice

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Author info

Fiona Stratta is a qualified speech and language therapist and speech and drama teacher working with children and adults. Her books first emerged when she endured a prolonged period of ill-health which led her to engage with meditative approaches to Bible reading. She is the author of two warmly received books for BRF, Walking with Old Testament Women (2015) and Walking with Gospel Women (2012). One reviewer speaks of them as 'a stirring read', encouraging us to reflect on our own faith journey, pointing us to the God who doesn't change.


The Reader (Spring 2018).Review by Susanne Mitchell

Subtitled 'Imaginative Studies for bible Meditation', this book is really lectio divina for those who might be put off by the term. For each of seventeen characters (or in one case a group) there are biblical passages to read followed by a reflection in the first person as if written by the character herself. Some of these are more convincing than others, and the author admits to a certain amount of licence with facts. A series of questions then prompt further reflection or conversation if used with a group. Footnotes in each chapter helpfully tell you 'what happens in the end' or clarify points of cultural context. It is not a feminist critique, although it might provoke some wrestling with difficult contemporary issues and the courage required in our own age. Selecting a handful of characters could make up a study course. This is a useful tool to encourage us to engage with scripture in a less familiar way, and for personal study in a lighter vein.

Review by Susanne Mitchell

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857465337
  • Published: 21 July 2017
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
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