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Fox News’ Shannon Bream in Latest Book: ‘Spiritual Mothers’ Share Wisdom and Strength Forever


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In an accessible and approachable way, Shannon Bream‘s new book, “The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak”, explores the lives of the women depicted in the Bible – mothers and daughters who are at the heart of the Old Testament and the New Testament. Today these women can be seen in a new light and looked to for both consolation and inspiration in an often turbulent world.

Bream is the anchor of “FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream (weekdays 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m./ET). His latest book follows an earlier success, “The Women of the Bible Speak” which came out last year.

“I don’t know about you, but I unearth new treasures every time I delve into a passage I may have read hundreds of times.”

Bream not only takes a close look at the lives of specific women in her new book – she also shares broader spiritual advice for anyone who needs a gentle, helpful nudge toward God when times get tough, and even when They are not.

Here is an excerpt from “Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak.”

Read this revealing excerpt from Shannon Bream’s new book

Shannon Bream in “Bible Mothers and Daughters Speak”: When we think about the many different ways women appear in the Bible and the various roles they fulfill, we can see that the Bible offers us an incredibly rich portrait of all that it means to be a woman.

MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS, WALKED THE WAY OF ALL STRUGGLING MOTHERS TODAY

Rarely, however, do we see two women talking to each other, and even more rarely about God.

We see Rachel and Leah conversing, and we see Ruth and Naomi expressing their devotion to each other and making plans for their future. Here we see two women talking about their faith in God, encouraging each other as they experience his miracles, and expressing their gratitude to both him and each other.

In her latest book, Shannon Bream highlights, among other Bible stories, the story of Mary and Elizabeth – and explains why there is “so much truth and beauty in one story, a devoted relationship”.

We can glean new insights by reading this pre-Christmas story and focusing on this supportive relationship, which may have been lost in the past.

I don’t know about you, but I unearth new treasures every time I delve into a passage I may have read hundreds of times. We must always approach Scripture in this way: as if it were a precious jewel that we hold up to the light, mesmerized by its beauty, tossing and turning in the hope of seeing some new and wondrous facet that we don’t. never enjoyed before. .

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Mary and Elizabeth’s story is like that, with so much truth and beauty in one story, a devoted relationship. We see the way God works in our lives, despite our own fears and uncertainties. We observe how the power and strength of God are revealed in the weak and seemingly insignificant of the world.

Fox News’ Shannon Bream in Latest Book: ‘Spiritual Mothers’ Share Wisdom and Strength Forever

“Bible Mothers and Daughters Speak” by Shannon Bream is now available. Bream writes of the relationship and closeness between Elizabeth and Mary, “The love of spiritual mother and daughter not only framed but provided the actual human embodiment for the arrival of the gift of salvation for all humanity.”
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In Mary’s song of praise we witness the sweeping of salvation history and the supernatural power of the God who lifts up the humble and brings down rulers from their thrones – the God who is Lord of history, as well as the Lord of our lives.

Ancient and medieval Christians were fascinated by this moment between Mary and Elisabeth, which they called “the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary” or simply “The Visitation”.

It can refer to both Mary coming to see Elizabeth and the coming of the Holy Spirit to Elizabeth.

One of the earliest images depicted in Christian places of worship or Christian homes was that of this scene, the embrace of the two women. Sometimes the pictures even depict the babies inside, so that the bodies of Mary and Elizabeth serve as a sort of frame for the young John the Baptist and Jesus, who are also reaching out to each other.

Fox News’ Shannon Bream in Latest Book: ‘Spiritual Mothers’ Share Wisdom and Strength Forever

Writes Shannon Bream in “The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak,” “In Mary’s song of praise we witness the sweeping of salvation history and the supernatural power” of God.

The love of spiritual mother and daughter not only framed but also provided the actual human embodiment of the arrival of the gift of salvation for all mankind.

We don’t know the circumstances in which Mary was raised, or by whom, but from what little the Bible tells us, we can see that Elizabeth probably played an important role in her.

Elizabeth’s devout faith enlightened the divine trust of Mary, “she who believed”, and Mary’s obedience made possible all our lives as Christians. As brothers and sisters of Jesus, we too are spiritual children of Mary and spiritual grandchildren of the righteous Elizabeth, who gave thanks for the miracle the Lord worked in her life.

“In Elizabeth’s absence, Mary most certainly missed her mentor and spiritual mother as she watched her son – the one they had dreamed of together – being tortured and put to death.”

We have no idea what happened to Elizabeth or her death – and for that matter, we don’t know those things about Mary either. We can guess that Zacharias and Elizabeth, who were older when John was born, probably died long before his work as John the Baptist began.

So, sometime before Jesus and John began their public ministries, Elizabeth was most likely dead. Mary’s husband, Joseph, was probably dead as well, since Mary traveled with Jesus at least at times (John 2:1-12; 19:25; Matthew 12:47), and we see no mention of Joseph after the return of Jesus. visit to the temple when he disappeared around the age of 12.

This meant that when Jesus began to teach and preach, Mary lost people very dear to her.

Fox News’ Shannon Bream in Latest Book: ‘Spiritual Mothers’ Share Wisdom and Strength Forever

In addition to writing the book, Shannon Bream also hosts “Bible Mothers and Daughters Speak” on Fox Nation.
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In Elizabeth’s absence, Mary most certainly missed her mentor and spiritual mother as she watched her son – the one they had dreamed of together – being tortured and put to death.

This too is part of the bittersweet love between mother and daughter. As spiritual mothers, we impart our wisdom to our spiritual daughters, knowing that we may not be able to be there for them when they need it most.

We could be missing the darkest hours of their grief, many years later. As spiritual daughters, we love our spiritual mothers, knowing that there will come a time when they will travel beyond our care and we must learn from their strength and move forward confident that we will see them again in sky.

“Spiritual motherhood involves guiding and leading someone in faith. Not all of us will be called to biological motherhood, but we can all exercise the role of spiritual motherhood.”

We can cherish the wisdom and strength they poured into us, learning to become “she who believed” – a light for generations to come, as we in turn were enlightened by our own spiritual mothers.

Spiritual motherhood involves guiding and leading someone in faith. Not all of us will be called to biological motherhood, but we can all exercise the role of spiritual motherhood. We can lead young women to Jesus by word and example, becoming a sounding board for their questions and our challenges.

For many Christians, this role is filled by a trusted godmother or elderly woman in our community of faith.

Most of us can think of women who have served as role models and kindly guided us along our journey of faith.

Sometimes these women are part of our family, as Elizabeth was in Mary’s family, and sometimes they are not, but they are always crucial to our spiritual growth. If they are still in our lives, let’s not forget to thank them!

Our spiritual mothers also share our joys and sorrows and, more importantly, help us understand these unexpected twists in the light of our faith.

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In an effort to find the deeper meaning hidden in the events of our life, they can guide us as we dig and try to see how God is working.

It is especially helpful when grief, pain, or confusion enters our journey. And when we’re filled with joy, they’re there to share it – just like Elizabeth and Mary did all those centuries ago.

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