If God can choose the Canaanite Tamar to continue the line through which Christ would come, can anything keep Him from weaving your story into His redemptive plan?
Tamar, daughter-in-law of Judah, is the first woman listed in the lineage of Christ. Mistreated, widowed twice, betrayed, and used as a prostitute . . . it seems impossible that Gd could redeem her story, but His plan of redemption was prewritten for all eternity—and nothing can get in His way.
Through this six-week, in-depth Bible study, you will discover that no matter life’s twists and turns or your sins and failures, there is a God working behind the seen, redeeming it all for His glory.
Shadia Hrichi holds an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as an MA in Criminal Justice and a BA in Psychology. In addition to numerous articles, Shadia is the author of Worthy of Love and Nameless No More. Shadia is often invited onto radio programs and regularly speaks at churches and women’s events. Currently residing in northern California, Shadia serves at Venture Christian Church and loves to visit the ocean each week for “a date with Jesus.” Visit www.shadiahrichi.com.
“If you enjoy squeezing every delicious drop of truth from the stories found in Scripture, Shadia Hrichi’s new study on Tamar will delight you. She handles God’s Word with exceeding care, pointing us to the many vital lessons worth learning and applying to our own lives. As a Bible teacher, I especially appreciate the options she offers small groups, from a light or moderate time commitment to in-depth or all-in. As an all-in woman, I love the depth and breadth of the questions to consider, the Bible verses to ponder, the word studies to review, and the compassionate unfolding of Tamar’s story. When you go Behind the Seen with Shadia, you are in very good hands!”
—Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible
“After going through Shadia’s Bible study on Hagar, I couldn’t wait to see what she would do next. Tamar is another outstanding Bible study, rich in historical detail, cultural insights, and applicable life lessons for us today. I appreciate Shadia sharing personal stories from her own life (some heartbreaking, some amusing), which help shine light on Tamar’s story. Perfect for personal and/or group study.”
—Francine Rivers, international best-selling author
“If you embark on a Shadia Hrichi Bible study, know that you are in good hands. I love how she talks directly to you, cheering you on and giving you previews of the road ahead. It’s comforting! And when you study the story of Tamar from the book of Genesis, you will want comfort for this challenging story of a woman with a very unique role in biblical history. In Tamar, you will get to know a woman who faced a very difficult and painful path. The experts debate her choices and her motivations, but there seems to be a strong and lasting faith in God and his promises that underlies her actions. Ultimately, she gives birth to an ancestor of Jesus and is forever (and intentionally) memorialized in the genealogy of the Messiah. I don’t want to give away the story, or the stories of Shadia’s own difficult life woven together with Tamar’s. For that, you’ll need to dive into this study yourself, and even better, with a group of friends. Tamar’s life altered the trajectory of human history, and this very engaging study will put those pieces together for you in this powerful picture of God at work in the midst of a mess. Highly recommended.”
—Susy Flory, New York Times best-selling author and coauthor, and director of West Coast Christian Writers
“I have never felt so connected to an author while reading a Bible Study. Shadia Hrichi is a refreshingly real and relatable, grace-filled guide who roots this heartbreaking account within its historical context and God’s plan of redemption. Witnessing Tamar’s transformation from a mistreated, abandoned young widow into a powerful catalyst for change illuminates what God can accomplish through us and in us, even in the midst of our most painful circumstances. For anyone who has ever felt betrayed or deceived, this study is a blessing and a balm.”
—Rosie Makinney, author, podcaster, and founder of Fight For Love Ministries
“Shadia is an engaging and knowledgeable guide who holds her reader’s hand throughout the broader story of Tamar, while still creating room for individuals to listen for God’s truth specifically for them. She integrates passages from both the Old and New Testaments, so those looking for an interactive but comprehensive approach to understanding the biblical narrative will be equipped to dive deep into this story of redemption.”
—Andrea Coli, teaching pastor and Christian speaker
“From the first pages of this in-depth Bible study, Shadia Hrichi reveals her knowledge of Scripture and her desire for us to be transformed by truth. With consideration for the whole counsel of God’s Word, Hrichi dives deep into the story of an abandoned woman to show us that God makes the powerless secure and invites the abandoned to belong.”
—Shawna Marie Bryant, podcaster and author of Longing to Belong: Discovering the Joy of Acceptance
Demensions (inches) 7.5 x 9.25
Weight (pounds) .5