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1. What is the title and publisher of your book?
Wounded Women of the Bible, written with my co-author and dear friend Tina Samples. Kregel Publishers will release the book on July 1, 2013.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
God literally woke Tina up in the middle of the night with the idea. For years, we had been praying for a project we could work on together–since we both speak, sing and write–and God nudged Tina to call me and ask me to come alongside her. I said yes, Greg Johnson of Wordserve Literary loved the idea when we pitched it to him, and we co-wrote the proposal over several months.

3. What was the process you used as co-writers?
Tina lives in Colorado and I reside in Texas, so we wrote our halves of each chapter separately and then combined them. Tina handled the Bible study/reflection half of each chapter, adding in parts of her testimony. I collected and edited modern-day women’s stories, wrote about my experiences, and combined our two separate parts into a cohesive whole.

We worked completely long-distance. Thank God for technology! Our communication happened via emails, phone calls and much prayer. From idea to completion took about three years. It was a long, difficult process, because we completely laid bare many wounds God was (and is) healing us from.

We’re thrilled with the job Kregel Publishers has done, from cover design to editing to back cover copy, and we can’t wait to share the final product with readers. We’ve also developed a retreat based on the book, and we’re praying for many future opportunities to spread the hope and healing of Jesus Christ.

3. What’s the synopsis for your book? What do biblical women such as Hagar, Abigail, Martha, Bathsheba (among others) have in common with women today? They’ve all been wounded by relationships, losses, or their own mistakes. In Wounded Women of the Bible, authors Dena Dyer and Tina Samples share fresh spiritual insights gleaned from ancient women who faced the same emotions and questions as contemporary women.

The authors also tell their own stories of healing, as well as those experienced by their friends and family members. Find hope and strength for your own journey as you view biblical women’s wounds through the lens of God’s grace.

4. What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?
We know there are countless women who carry wounds from their past. However, many women feel isolated in their pain, believing that no one could possibly understand how they feel. It’s our fervent desire that Wounded Women of the Bible would touch the hearts of those desperate to find freedom.

As they read WWOB, we pray women will find a much-needed connection with biblical women, as well as with those who’ve shared their journeys to healing. In addition, it’s our prayer that readers of the book would come away changed—believing, maybe for the first time, that God is powerful, loves them personally, and longs to heal them.

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