The Study Bible for Women

Phyllis Inspiration 111 Comments

In my travels, I get to meet the most interesting people. I am often invited to speak at various women’s organizations and ministry groups, and it gives me an opportunity to really connect with the readers of our magazines. I get to meet new friends and visit with dear friends from my past. It is amazing the accomplishments of women who are making a difference in the lives of others.

Dorothy Patterson is a women who really amazes me. Dorothy is a homemaker, popular speaker, and successful writer and editor. One of the most amazing undertakings that she has just completed is editing The Study Bible for Women. She is a professor of theology of women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. “Women indeed are making their mark in theological circles—and not giving up their femininity and love of family and home to do so,” Dorothy says. I totally agree with her, and as I joyfully received my copy of the new study Bible, I was so happy to see such a beautiful Bible with feminine touches. The colors of the ink and paper are lovely. I just love mine.

“A team of more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations pursued two ideals with every translation decision: each word must be faithful to the original languages of the Bible, and each word must reflect clear, contemporary English.” I can’t even imagine Dorothy undertaking such a task as this and committing years of time to completing this wonderful work for women.

“I have mastered the British afternoon tea,” she told me, and we plan to get together and spend time together over tea. She and Lifeway Christian Publishing have graciously provided us with three copies of The Study Bible for Women to give away.

To enter, share this post via one of the social media buttons below, and then leave a comment telling me why you’d like to win a copy. Write about it on Facebook, pin it to your favorite board on Pinterest or even send a tweet. Not a social media person? Just leave a comment instead. Best of luck!


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Comments 111

  1. Well, with all the other comments before me I am sure I am too late, however; my Bible is so used and falling apart. I have made so many notes in it and that is why I hesitate buying a new one. If you have not already given your free copy of this Beautiful Bible I would love to have one.

    Thanks so much, I LOVE your magazine and this is the first time that I have taken the time to check out your blog “theribboninmyjournal”

    Thanks Again

  2. I live and breath the Word of God. I am a Radio Personality “The Journey Radio Program”, a contemporary Christmas Singer/Songwriter, an author and Conference Speaker, so the Bible is a part of everything in my daily life. I LOVE God passionately and I love people too. This Bible would be a wonderful addition to my studies. By the way, as founder of The Las Vegas Ladies Tea Society, I was featured in Tea Time Magazine September/October 2011 and beautiful Lorna Reeves is a dear and personal friend:) Lorna has visited my home here in Lake Las Vegas!.

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  4. My minister husband passed away just before Christmas last year. He was a student at Southeastern Seminary when the Patterson’s served there. Recently, for what would have been our 38th wedding anniversary and his 59th birthday, and because of my husband’s compassion toward ministerial students, God led me to send a gift to the family living in the townhouse our family called home 20 years ago. Since then, the young ministerial wife and mother of two very young children and I have become friends. I would love to bless her with this special Study Bible to help her as serves in ministry with her husband and trains her children in the ways of the Lord.

  5. What a wonderful give-away. I would love to win this as I have my regular Bible for Church, but have never had a study bible. What a great way to begin a new year.

  6. Recently I have been considering purchasing a new Bible as mine is starting to fall apart. In receiving a new Bible I would be able to again put in my remarks that will help me to understand the scriptures much better.

  7. My favorite Bible verse is “Be still and know that I am God” ! and yet, it is the hardest thing for me to do…to Be Still 🙂 I’d love to hold this beautiful book in my hands w/ a great cup of hot tea and get some major “practice” for being still in Him !

  8. This year, my New Year’s resolution was to read the Bible in its entirety, with understanding. This is one resolution that I have kept–and continue, day by day. A Bible that is a feast for a lady’s eyes would be the perfect compliment to the nourishment the Word gives to the soul.

  9. The Word in this format would be such a treasure! Beautiful labor of love by so many talented and anointed people!

  10. I’m not as familiar with the Bible as I’d like to be and this seems like such a wonderful way to learn about it-especially for women!

  11. What a beautiful Bible that would be a wonderful tool in reaching out to other women in my ministry. How generous to have this give away!

  12. I have just recently found an amazing minister & church online. I am in Ohio & the church is in Tenn., unfortunately. But I love my Lord and He is with me and has let me find my way back to Him. I still have the bible I was given @ church, but would love to add this beautiful work to my reading list. Thanks Phyllis for this post & if I don’t win I shall look to buy it 🙂

  13. I love this post, Phyllis. Thank you for so beautifully putting this Bible on display. I think it is lovely that Dr. Patterson has put a crowning touch on her ministry with this project. Would love to have a copy.
    I love your magazines and your work and your blog, Phyllis. Thank you!

  14. I would definitely enjoy owning a copy of The Study Bible for Women because when you love someone, you want to know them on a deeper level. Learning all I can about God is my daily devotion goal.
    Thank you for introducing Dorothy Patterson.

  15. Beautiful Bible! I so enjoy when I get the chance to read and study God’s word. I am a mother of three young children so that time is precious to me. My current Bible has so pages coming out so a new one wound be great. Thank you for the opportunity.

  16. I would love this beautiful women’s Study Bible as I co-teach a women’s bible study at my church. This is a beautiful book and I like pretty things. 🙂

  17. I would love to own this Bible. My Bible I have now is completely worn out.This Bible is beautiful.Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Having just retired from 42 years of social work at my hospital last week and reflecting on what lies ahead which includes spending personal time now that I have it to shore up my personal beliefs by studying the Bible, this book sounds wonderfully fitting to reflect on feminine beliefs related to the Bible and it will now be on my reading list. Thank you for a wonderful post.

  19. I can’t get enough of Gods word. I would love to get a copy of the Study Bible for Women here in Nairobi, Kenya, not only to read and enhance my Bible study but to pass it on to my Daughters (aged 7 and 2 1/2) who’re growing in the Lord!

  20. I would love to win a copy because my husband and I are new to ministry and I feel it would help me be able to reach more students. We are fresh out of seminary and started doing campus ministry this semester. I am discipling three college sophomore girls right now and would love this book to help me grow and walk deeper with Jesus. It would be a great encouragement to me!

  21. I would love to have a copy of the Study Bible for Women. I have recently been using another version of the Bible called The Message and I have really enjoyed reading the scriptures in today’s vernacular. I would think that the Study Bible for Women would be along those same lines and would enjoying seeing it.

  22. My only reason for desiring this study Bible is that I love the WORD and I am always interested in seeing how different translations render the same verses.

  23. I was given a women’s study Bible years ago, although not as pretty as these, and I really enjoyed the devotionals they offered. I still flip through it from time to time looking for a devotional that meets me where I am at that time. I would love a new copy with fresh devotions.

  24. I have been wanting a study Bible for a long time, My friend has one and she tells me it makes the Bible come alive! I would love to own one. Thank you Phyllis.

  25. I would love to win a copy of the Women’s Study Bible. I try to read through the Bible every year. I feel that a study Bible specifically for women would greatly enhance my reading and understanding.

  26. The cherished Bible that I now use is engraved on the cover with my full maiden name. It was given to me by my parents on my 16th birthday. This month I will be 70. I keep this special Bible beside my bed for daily reading and take it with me to Church on Sunday. The pages are loose, the spine is weak, the cover is fraying. I don’t want to replace it, but it would be such a blessing to have this beautiful Study Bible for Women as a guide for reading and understanding,

  27. The words of the Bible word be so comforting in these troubling times. We all want to feel the inspiration of hope, love and faith in our hearts to nurture and be compassionate.l

  28. I never seem to get around to reading the Bible! I think this would inspire me to read it daily. I know I should do better.


  29. I am pretty far away in South Africa I haven’t seen anything like this version. It looks beautiful to match the verse inside the covers.

  30. Oh my! I was just looking for a new Bible the other day, online. I would love, love, love to win this one, especially if it has pretty paper and ink! 🙂 What a treasure it would be!

  31. It’s always a joy to get a new Bible to read. The Word of God is always a blessing to my day, and I love that there are so many different ways to read it. A great giveaway!

  32. Trying to connect my mind, spirit and body to go forward each day without fear and hesitation. I feel this Bible, in particular, will help me in this.

  33. The samples are beautiful! And I’m thrilled to know about this new version. I have been shopping for a new Bible, particularly looking for something with a little larger print as the years tick by! 🙂 But, I’m also reluctant to give up my well worn and highlighted version!

  34. I would love to win a copy of this bible. Digital is amazing, but it doesn’t compare to this pretty beautiful bible, I look forward to opening it, smelling the pages and enjoying this wonderful gift. I am so thankful for the time and love that has gone into this bible, and thankful for the chance to win one 🙂

  35. What a wonderful idea. A bible for women to read and study the word of God from a woman’s perspective. I realize that biblical times were male dominated but we women have become move involved as biblical teachers, and church leaders; a bible such as this would service us well knowing that what we are saying from a woman’s perspective is biblically accurate and we would have the bible to back us up. Please let us know when this bible becomes available for sale to the public. If I’m not a winner I can be a shopper. Thanks for the ground floor opportunity.

  36. This bible would truly be a blessing to add to my sister’s and my daily devotionals. It is lovely and such an undertaking. Blessings to Dorothy.

  37. My husband is pastor of our small church plant and at his encouragement I’ve started a woman’s study on biblical womanhood. Having a resource like the woman’s study bible would be such a blessing and aid with my studies.

  38. What a lovely Bible! I have been wanting a new one for quite awhile as one of mine is King James version (which I do love) and the other is too heavy for me to carry comfortably. I know whoever gets this beautiful Bible will treasure it!

  39. I would love to win a copy of this Bible because I attend a bible study class weekly and my husband and I share a Bible but would love to have a copy of the study Bible for women because I sometimes struggle with the translations in the Bible we have now.

  40. I have two beautiful daughters that came from God as a blessing to me. Both my daughters love God with all their hearts. Both share their love of God by teaching and sharing His love through ministries to girls, young ladies and women in church each week. If I were receive a Study Bible for Women, then I would give it to one, and purchase another, so each one would have one to use in their studies.

  41. I would love to have a copy of this Bible. As a working woman it is sometimes very hard for me to set aside special time for my time with the Lord. I would love to have a Bible with a woman’s touch. God made exceptional women for His ministry and I greatly admire those who can answer His call. Also my daughter, Suzanne, is a Mother of a son with Asperger Syndrome and we have been thru some trying days lately with him. She is a very strong spiritual Christian and her faith is deeply founded in the Lord. You can never get enough of God’s Word and both of us would love to have this special book.

  42. I have gotten out of the habit of daily Bible reading. I confess have come to rely on spoken communications. However- there is a chord in the human spirit which is reached by tactile senses- and the scents of a real book read by candlelight. It would be lovely to begin again with this study aid. Should I be so fortunate as to win a copy, I promise to marvel at the love and respect of meaningful words transported through the ages-with full expectation to share a message as contemporary as it is classic.

  43. Phyllis, I’m thrilled to read all the comments from your readers, regarding the Women’s Study Bible and to realize how precious God’s Word is in their lives.
    I’m glad it’s a passion we share with you.

    1. Have thought for a long time that you are a wonderful Christian because of the Proverb passage in Southern Lady. Now I know for sure! Thank you for all you say band do for your readers. Just bought another study bible because mine had fallen apart. I hope the person that receives the Study Bible For Women are led to lead a more beautiful life in Christ Jesus.

  44. Thank you for sharing the information about the study Bible for women. I have taught Bible study classes for several years concerning how God ministers to the world through the lives of women. I would love the opportunity to own this beautiful edition of God’s word!

  45. I would love to win a copy of this Bible. I attend weekly Bible Study and would enjoy sharing this Bible with the others in our group. I read God’s word daily and this translation would give me a new insight on my journey of life and my walk with the Lord. Thank you for sharing.

  46. A quote comes to mind, but I must admit I don’t remember who to give credit to, it says a Bible falling apart usually indicates a life that isn’t. I turned 65 this year. As a person ages I suppose it is only natural to reflect on your life. There have been many “bumps in the road” as my husband calls them, but looking back I know it was God’s Word that sustained us. I saved the Study Bible for Women to my Pinterest page titled The Inspired Word of God. I continue to be inspired and awed by the peace, the wisdom, and the guidance that flows from God’s Word. I love this concept of a “pretty, feminine, Bible, and would be honored to receive this study Bible.

  47. I would love to win one of these Bibles. I am curious about the new translation. I love to have different translations to compare when I am having trouble understanding a difficult passage of scripture. Thanks so much for this delightful journal entry!

  48. I would enjoy winning a copy of this study Bible. I am currently in my first Bible study class, though I’ve been attending Church all my adult life. There is so much I need to learn but some of the Bibles are so hard to understand!

  49. What a wealth of information you are. You lift us up every day. Thank you.

    I am ever amazed at the great things women do …quietly … and ofter without any recognition at all. And for that matter, men too. The human individual is so blessed with talent from the hand of God that everyone has a story. I just read two such stories today and my own morning newspaper and was so happy to know about the wonderful things these individuals have done to effect the lives of others. Each of us has an opportunity to be a blessing……now, let’s go and be about it. Blessings on you Phyllis. Hugs, Ruth

  50. I would love to win this Bible! My faith in God dictates that I read His word and strive to fully understand it. This Study Bible would certainly add to “study habits”!

  51. I have read the bible, but at times I don’t understand the meanings, of most passages. I would appreciate a book of readings designed especially for woman to understand in this world. I am 72 years old, and I would like to communicate with my children and grandchildren and not sound like I don’t know what I’m talking about. Dot De Luca.

  52. Hello,

    This Bible would be a perfect Christmas gift for my friend who attends weekly Bible study. I would benefit, too, because we discuss what she has studied. Thanks!

  53. My husband and I have recently started attending a new church. We enjoy reading the word. This study bible would be great to own. What a freedom we have to read God’s word! We are so blessed!

  54. Thank you for including such an endeavor as this in your arsenal of wonderful accomplishments from women! My life is certainly richer for all the women you feature in your writing! We love you, Phyllis!

  55. This is an amazing story and I am so impressed with someone so dedicated to doing this interpretation.
    I would be honored to win a copy of this Bible.

  56. God’s Word is a “lamp onto our feet.” Thank you for sharing Dorothy’s story. Her didication to this project is a wonderful testimony. It would be such a blessing to own this special Bible. Thank you!

  57. I would love to receive a copy of this Bible – God’s word is living and powerful and the first thing I go to every morning.

  58. A new Bible always awakens a new interest in reading it, living it, and sharing it. I would appreciate another chance to start all over in the road of life!!!

  59. I would love to have this Bible because I have found that reading a more contemporary language, increases my understanding quite a bit. I still like to hear the King James read aloud, but for studying purposes, I really like easily understood wording as long as it is true to the original translation.

  60. I would treasure a copy of this Bible also. I have been a Christian for approx. 20 years, and still struggle with understanding many passages, esp. the Old Testament. I could share this with my 95 y.o. mother-in-law who is not able to retain what she reads as well as she used to. I know she is hungering for God’s word.

  61. I would LOVE to win a copy of this Bible. I’m slightly familiar with Dorothy Patterson, and am fascinated and excited that she accomplished this amazing project.

  62. I would like to win this Bible to share with my daughter. I think she would really enjoy it, and I would love to encourage her study.

  63. It appeals to me because even though I am a pastor’s wife and have had years of Bible studies, I still struggle from with the old style of writing and terminology in most translations. This version sounds like those problems may have been worked through and would be more appealing to women.
    I would very much like to read, and share this new edition / version.

  64. How interesting that this came to my attention today. I recently found my college notes from a course entitled Women in the Bible. I read them and was amazed at some of my thoughts and the professor thoughts. So I have been interested in this concept since then. College was 43 years ago but know I have the time to study His Word more in depth.

  65. I would love to give this to my daughter. It is my desire and prayer that she will grow in faith into a strong woman of God.

  66. I am currently using my 13 year old son’s bible (he has moved onto the digital format)! Mine is just old so I switched to his…. I could really use a more “girly/adult” looking version!!!

  67. I would love to win a copy of this Bible because I love God and my family and I want to serve them both. I think this Bible would help me in my walk with the Lord.

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