Studying the lives of the women of the Bible has been a beneficial and delightful endeavor! Their stories have provided needed inspiration, comfort, hope, and guidance, as well as chastening! The truths to be gained from their stories are as endless and inexhaustible as the rest of the Bible. Those I have chosen for this book—Eve, Sarah, Rebekah, Miriam, and Hannah—are real women—not imaginary characters in a fairy tale or even a parable designed to teach a message. Some made mistakes, felt the sting of unfair treatment, struggled in their relationships, and suffered loss. Some trusted God completely, while others wrestled with unbelief. May the lessons I have learned from their lives be as helpful to you as they have been to me.