Sandra A. Abbott (B.S. Ed., M.A., Ed., Biblical Studies Diploma, Phoenix Seminary) retired after 25 years teaching in her neighborhood schools. Since then, she has researched and written her own teaching commentaries for the following books of the Bible: John, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, and 1, 2, and 3 John. Through these writings, she has been teaching her weekly study group called Fellowship of Friends for over 10 years. Sandra has been the featured teacher at retreats, brunches, and other gatherings. Sandra has been married to her high school sweetheart, Bill Abbott, for over 50 years. She is a mother, grandmother, mentor, cancer survivor, and lifelong learner. Her passion is to teach biblical truths wrapped in a soft smile by God’s grace and for His glory.
Can you tell us a little about the title of the book – God’s Grace for Daughters of Eve: Lovers, Mothers and Others?
You will read the timeless truths of God’s goodness to a girl who giggled, a woman who wept, and one who went to war. You will also learn about His grace for a mama by a manger, a well woman, and a beloved bride. God adores mothers, lovers and others, just because He can. And so He does.
C.S. Lewis, in his Chronicles of Narnia, called girls of all ages: Daughters of Eve. This devotional book is written through the perspective of God’s grace for Daughters of Eve. Love rules. Grace reigns. God’s unreasonable kindness is unearned and often quite unexpected. License ignores it and legalism wants to supervise it. But liberty lovingly lives it, because God generously gives it. Grace is truly amazing
Who is the intended audience for the book?
It took a long time, but that which was planned before time was braided into the tangles of time by the hand of God, through His grace and for His glory. This is a story of Daughters of Eve: for men who marry them, sons who honor them, daughters who delight in them, people who pastor them and above all for women who are them.
It seems as this book gives us glimpses of God’s grace as demonstrated to women in Scripture?
My passion is to teach biblical truths wrapped in a soft smile, thus God’s Grace for Daughters of Eve was born. Linda Dillow wrote of this book, “A devotional with depth but also humor? Can a Daughter of Eve learn and laugh at the same time? I did and you will too!”
What do you mean in the summary of the book that in each story there is a little glitch?
Just like your story, and my story, you will discover a glitch in each of these stories; a minor mishap with major meaning — when life falls short, because we all fall short. Yet God rescues us, His perfectly imperfect children through one simple earthshaking sacrifice. Grace abounds.
Can this book be used in a Bible study group?
This devotional book can form the foundation for a retreat, group Bible study, or personal quiet time. It also can be used to mentor or disciple others. In addition to the stories of many different Daughters of Eve, each chapter has a workbook section for personal application. Teaching tips are included, as are extensive Scripture readings.
What do you want people who buy your book to really get out of it?
Lessons linger and a line lasts which became a lifeline of love from the Father to the Son through the Holy Spirit for all who would believe the powerful promises of God—by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
What are some final words of wisdom that you would like to pass on to people reading this article?
By seeing glimpses of God’s great grace for other Daughters of Eve, the reader may be able to experience His lavish love personally, and permanently, through God’s amazing grace.
To find out more about Sandra’s ministry as a Bible teacher, retreat speaker, and her other books, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.