Freebie Friday: Women of the Word

“How do you move a mountain?” the Chinese proverb asks. “One spoonful of dirt at a time.” Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin is a book about moving mountains—mountains of biblical ignorance.

You might not think you have a mountain of biblical ignorance to move. When Jen was a teen, she didn’t think she had a mountainous problem either. After all, she was a regular church attender, had a “quiet time,” memorized Bible verses, read devotional books, and attended Bible studies.

But when she was asked to lead a Bible study as a senior in college, Jen suddenly realized she had a problem: a problem of biblical ignorance. She writes,

I carried a secret not uncommon to people with my background: I didn’t know my Bible. Sure, I knew parts of it—I remembered stories from vacation Bible school and I could quote verses from all over the New Testament and Psalms—but I didn’t know how the parts that I knew fit with each other, much less how they fit with the parts I didn’t know yet.

So what did she do? She took the “spoon” someone handed her and began to dig and move that mountain “one spoonful at a time.” Listen to her tenacity:

I intend to go to my grave with dirt beneath my nails and a spoon clutched in my fist. I am determined that no mountain of biblical ignorance will keep me from seeing him [God] as clearly as my seventy or eighty years on this earth will allow.

Did you catch that? Her goal is not to master this Book so she can feel good about all she knows. Her goal is to see God, to know God, to enjoy God. In her words,

Our study of the Bible is only beneficial insofar as it increases our love for the God it proclaims.

As her subtitle indicates, this book is about learning how to study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds. Because, as Jen writes,

If we want to feel deeply about God, we must learn to think deeply about Him. The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.

If you’d like Jen to hand you a spoon so you, too, can start digging, sign in to this giveaway widget, and then leave a comment below. Then we’ll randomly select one of you to win a copy of Women of the Word.

Among other things, you’ll learn some unhelpful habits of spending time in the Word like:

  • The Xanax approach
  • The Pinball approach
  • The Magic 8 Ball Approach
  • The Personal Shopper Approach
  • The Telephone Game Approach

Then you’ll learn how to study the Bible with:

  • Purpose
  • Perspective
  • Patience
  • Process, and
  • Prayer.

Let’s move some mountains, girls!

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About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her son, Iren, and writing for Revive Our Hearts. She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in New York. You can catch all her writing on

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  • Kanah

    I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve been doing a lot of studying my bible recently but still struggle with the parts that don’t specifically mention God’s name. Thanks for this awesome post!!!!!!!

  • Susanna

    I’ve been wanting a book on how to study the Bible in a deeper way! This year my New Years Resolution was to build a deeper relationship with God that would be more meaningful and personal

  • Monisa Harris

    I would love to move a mountain of biblical ignorance. I have attended church my whole life but want to dig deeper. God bless you all.

  • Sadie V

    I’ve started digging deeper into God’s word this year, but I know that I’m prone to inconsistency and skimming. I want to fight tooth and nail to know God, and any books that will help me do so I want to read!

  • Yolanda

    love to win this freebie! I pray!

  • Jesusfreak17

    This would be perfect. I have been really struggling recently to connect what my head knows and what my heart knows.

  • I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book because I love reading every good book I can get my hands on!! I also have a blog for young women and it’s important for me to be in the Word so God can teach ME -that way I can turn around and teach others. I want to not only know the Bible but know God Himself. I might be working at a camp this summer and may be counseling younger teenagers… I know I will need to know God’s Word better in order to do so.

  • Annie

    Wow! Sounds like a fantastic read!

  • A

    I’d love to read this book so that I could “dig deeper” in my study of God’s Word.

  • Elizabeth Williams

    I’ve never heard of this book, but it sounds great! I do desire to study my Bible more, not just so I can have more knowledge(even though that’s great, too!) but because I really do want to know God deeper!

  • M. Rose

    Thank you for doing this theme about getting to know God more through his word! It’s made me try to get more intentional about reading my Bible and spending time with him!

  • Isabelle

    I have borrowed this book from the library and absolutely loved it. It’s on my wishlist of books to own so it would be amazing to win this freebie! 🙂 Jen Wilkin is awesome and her Bible study plan is perfect for myself and others who have difficulty studying the Word.

  • Carolyn H.

    Cool post! I love this quote from Jen, “If we want to feel deeply about God, we must learn to think deeply about Him. The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.”

  • Kristina

    Wow! What a reality check…I could be involved, but still ignorant.

  • Emma

    Sounds like a great read, would really be helpful right now!x

  • Would love to read this book! Thank you guys for giving these great resources away!

  • Hailey

    Looks like a great book!

  • Yvonne

    I feel it would be encouraging and I would just love to read it in general! 🙂

  • Emma Phay

    Sounds like such a great book!

  • Katy H. Axelle

    Guess we’ve all been Jane at some point of our lives, let’s also have tge courage to speak out like her.

  • Teresa

    Sounds like a great resource. Studying the Bible is definitely an area that I need to grow in. Thank you for dedicating this year for digging into God’s Word. We all desperately need to be founded on Truth of God’s Word.

  • Katie girl

    I’m excited to look into this book more! This is an area in my life that I so know needs growing!

  • Lee S.

    I’ve had a very surface relationship with God and people my whole life. I am on a journey to change that. God has never been surface with me and that fact alone encourages me to accept His pursuing of me. I want to see God clearly as well and I believe this book could help.

  • Hannah Marie

    I would like a copy of this book to help me with my spiritual growth. From situations in my life recently I have realized I’m not as close to God as I thought, and I can use all the help I can get.

  • This book looks great! Thank you for sharing!

  • Lois

    Would love to use this book as a tool to go deeper in my relationship with God! Thank you!

  • Karlie

    This looks like it would be a wonderful encouragement!

  • Leah

    Would love to read this book, and lend it to others around me that want to grow with Christ. 🙂

  • Natasha

    I would love to use this to help me study the Bible using different ways than I know of already.

  • Emily Torbert

    This sounds like it would be great! I’d love to read it.

  • Addy G.

    This could help me so much! I have trouble figuring out what to study. I hope I win!

  • Ali

    I have really been wanting to read this book for a while now! I want to know how I can better study the Bible!

  • AmyRose Helms

    My sister-in-law recommended this book, so I entered! 🙂

  • Just the other day I was talking to someone about how people can so easily neglect to “go deeper” in their conversations, their prayer, their faith, and the study of God’s word. It is so wonderful to see a resource that encourages us to want more than just knowledge, but an intimate relationship. I read my Bible almost everyday, but I know there are times when I’ve failed to go deeper and instead became consumed with words on a page. I would read, but how much would I learn? I would think, but did I come to understand God on a deeper level? Did I come to love Him more? With school starting back up again, it is far too easy to slip back into a routine where reading words on a page seem more time-conscious than studying the Bible and having a real conversation with God. I don’t want the easy way out. I don’t just want a check mark on the list of things to do. I want real, fruitful time spent with God. Here’s hoping that this book will allow me to see God’s Word with a new pair of eyes and a renewed passion for what He has to say!

  • Hannah grace

    Thanks for the post!!

  • Lindsay

    This looks great!

  • Maggie Fipps

    I am always not sure what to read in my Bible, so this will help me to go deeper in understanding in my Bible. Thanks!

  • Hope

    I would love to get a better grip on how to study the bible.

  • Isabella Jo

    This would be great. I love making great plans on how to read my bible and when and what kind of notes I will take, but I always fall through with my plan shortly after I begin. It is also hard to know where to start reading!

  • Dancer on tip toe

    I would love to have this book for learning God’s word better and to draw nearer to Him.

  • Emma

    Would love to read this! It’s great how the focus is centered on the Lord and not just on gaining knowledge and will help women be better equipped to share the gospel

  • Ro

    I would love a copy of this book to learn how to piece the lessons of Scripture together in order to see the big picture!!

  • Sophia

    I really need to get into the Word more and I would love if this book can help me study Scriptures!

  • Kenzie Meyer

    I love your blog..and I would love this book!!

  • Jennifer

    I would love this book. I’ve spent lots of hours praying, lately, that God will draw me into a deeper relationship with Him.

  • Claire

    This sounds like a wonderful book! I decided to go through my Bible in one year at the start of this year. It would be great to have the book to guide me as I go through the entire Bible. 🙂

  • Hannah

    I have come to realise that I too struggle with this problem of ‘knowing’ my bible but not knowing my bible. I would love to have this book as I’m sure that it would help me to grow and understand the bible better. 🙂

  • Liliana Gomez Garza

    Lately I’ve been challenged by seeking God and knowing Him deeply through His word rather than just storing information. I would love to haver this book so I could learn how to dig deeper and take the next step into studying God’s Word.

  • Faith

    One of my goals for 2016 is to learn how to STUDY the Bible, not just read it, every day so that I can know God better. This book sounds amazing! I identify so much with Jen–I’ve grown up with strong Christian parents, going to church almost every time the doors are open. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that I need to dig into God’s Word, get to know Him personally, and “own” my faith.

  • Connie Lewis

    I can really relate to Jen’s secret Biblical ignorance. I, too, know a lot about the Bible, but find it difficult at times, to put the pieces together. I think your book, “Women of the Word”, will be very beneficial to me and I would love to receive a copy if you so choose to send one my way 🙂 God bless

  • Becky

    I started January 1st reading the Bible all the way through for the first time. I finished the New Testament on January 12th. I’m now halfway through Exodus. When I’m finished reading the whole Bible, I’m going to study each book.

  • Ashli Gramenz

    One of my goals for 2016 is to truly get closer to God and to take our relationship deeper than it ever has been before. I think your book would help me a tremendous amount in doing so. Thank you so much for the blog post and I love the series! God Bless!

  • Akua :)

    I blog for teenage girls as well and it is hard to often give good advice or spiritual guidance when I have trouble with Bible ignorance, just like Jen! It wonderful to win this raffle and this book and it would be wonderful to be able to understand more about how I can grow to learn about God as I help others learn, too. 🙂

  • Katie

    I’m just starting to dig deeper into my faith. This sounds like an excellent book to help me do that!

  • Liz Tutor

    As a “older” young woman, I need to be more of a woman of the Word!

  • Helen Brock

    My Bible reading took a flatline at some point and needs reviving!

  • HZW

    This sounds like a great resource for getting deeper in God’s Word.

  • Hanna

    I can totally relate to her story! I’ve been wanting to study my Bible more in depth and then really live it out so others can see.

  • Hannah

    I am starting to realize that I have been working too hard to try and please God instead of working to know Him. It is always a good time to start digging deeper in the Word to better know our Lord and Savior. Thank you for this blog! It is always so encouraging

  • Bethaniee

    I would really love to win this book as I’m studying the bible and I want to learn how to approach it.

  • Nathanael & Felicia Rebiger

    This looks like a good book. I’m very interested. I really want to study God’s Word better, I have a strong desire to, but I’m never quite sure how I can do that more.

  • I would love to get this book so I could dig in deeper and understand God’s Word better because I truly know very little even though I’ve read through the whole Bible.

  • Nana

    I want this book because the Lord has really cultivated in me a deep desire and hunger for His word. This book would be a great resource to have.

  • karli

    I would love to learn to study the Bible better. There’s a difference to me between reading the Bible and actually studying it!

  • Lizzy

    That sounds like a great book! I would love to learn more about how to study the bible.

  • Claire

    This book sounds like a wonderful way to overcome my beginner’s fear of Bible study!

  • Sarah

    That’s awesome! I’ve been trying to get in the Word more diligently! I’m always afraid of the prophetic books because I don’t know how to interpret them correctly!

  • Bri

    I would love to win this book, because I struggle with studying the Bible. I read some sure, but it’s so hard to get things out of what I read, because I’m not sure how to understand what I read. I would like to have a better way of searching the scriptures so I can learn much more from them.

  • Dana

    I would love to have this book because I often slip into just reading through a chapter with surface-level attention, and my mind keeps wandering, and I often forget what I read shortly after I read it. I think it would help me with that.

  • Baillie Donley

    I would L-O-V-E to win this book. Not only for my use but so I can help others as well! I think we all struggle with not getting “the meat” out of God’s Word and then we can’t take it to heart and apply it to our own lives. Lately I’ve been seriously digging into God’s Word after turning my life around and there’s just soooo much great stuff in His Word. But time and time again, I leave my bible study thinking I’m missing something, missing the big picture. It’s a little disappointing because I know that there’s a limitless amout of instructions, commands, and characteristics of God in his Living and Changing Word. I’ve just finished the “Lies Young Women Believe” book and absolutely adored it! And now I would love to start a journey to a greater relationship with God and knowing how to really study his Word would help tremendously! 🙂
    – Your Fellow Sister in Christ

  • Kristina

    I have been really learning to love the Word of God. I find the more I read, the more I grow to enjoy it and look forward to my time with God. I would love to read this book.

  • Dani

    Ouch. Getting to the real reasons why we study God’s Word is convicting. Like Jen said, if it’s only to make ourselves feel better, or for our own glory, it’s useless and a waste of our time. But to TRULY know and love Him more…there’s nothing more precious! I would love to be encouraged in this area from “Women of the Word”!!

  • Amy

    this sounds like a great giveaway! what a great resource to getting deeper into the Word!

  • Hannah

    “Our study of the Bible is only beneficial insofar as it increases our love for the God it proclaims.” Wow! Good point! I’ve found myself shying away from Bible “study” because I feel it will increase my knowledge rather than my relationship with God. I’d love to read this book and learn how to find balance in this area 🙂

  • Chris Barratt

    This looks like a great resource. I heard Jen speak at the Revive Our Hearts conference and she was very good! Thank you!

  • Leah

    I’d like this book because I need new strategies for reading my Bible. I’m almost done with a full read through and I’m not sure where to go after that.

  • Mandy

    I’d like to check this book out 🙂

  • I’d totally love to win this book and if I don’t, I just might purchase it. 🙂

  • eav814

    I’d really like to win this book because i’ve been having a hard time studying the Bible and would like some help on how to do it!

  • Allison

    After reading this book myself and learning from the wisdom it has on reading the Word of God, I am going to share the book with a younger lady I am discipling so that she can learn better how to understand God’s Word and read it for herself.

  • Rose

    I would love to read this book 🙂 Sometimes reading God’s word is a struggle, and I don’t know how to study it properly.

  • Pam

    Oh! This a book I NEED to read this year! I’ve been struggling with the study of my Bible!

  • Sarah

    Studying the Bible – a constant struggle for me to find a practical way to do it but something I deeply want to do!

  • Karen Conway

    I would so love to have this book because reading and studying the Bible is so important and my birthday is January 19th and this would be an awesome birthday gift to encourage me to learn how to better study the Bible.

    • phendricks

      Happy birthday, Karen!

  • Kristen Paulson

    I would love to have this book!

  • Viktoria Wuketich

    I would also love to have this book! I often don’t how to use tools to effectively study the Bible. I am sure this book would help a lot.

  • Kayla Schumaker

    It’s been so long since I really felt like I was profiting from my daily devotions. I would love to have a book to help me learn how to study the Bible!

  • Martina Mi

    Recently married, starting my first job, I realized that above all I need keep close to the Lord and that to a large extent includes the quality and depth of my devotional time. I’d love any helpful tools along the way 🙂

  • Johanna

    I would love this book to help me study God’s word better and deeper!

  • Beccca

    Thank you for this article! This is a great reminder of how studying the Bible is a lifelong adventure and one that we complete “one spoonful” at a time. Ultimately, our goal is not to gain more knowledge, but to know HIM more. This book sounds like a fantastic resource to help us do just this! Sometimes I feel like I need more of the Lord’s perspective and a better process for studying the Bible. I would love to read Jen’s thoughts on Bible study to help me grow in my walk with the Lord.

  • Stephanie Ann

    I would love to win this book because I feel it would be instrumental to understand how to study the Bible. It’s would be greatly used!!!

  • Rachel

    This would be so helpful! Lately I have been trying a new approach that I have found on this blog and it has been so helpful! Even so, learning more would help deepen my walk.

  • Lisa

    Have wanted to read this ever since listening online to Jen Wilkin’s talks from Revive our Hearts ’15 conference. Excellent, if you have not listened, btw! thanks….