Wicked bad and wicked good—Ann Spangler effortlessly combines entertainment and spiritual growth, highlighting 20 of the wickedest women in the Bible.

With nearly 3 million books sold, Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer whose ability to transport readers thousands of years into the past makes the biblical stories come to life. In Wicked Women of the Bible (Zondervan, September 22, 2015), Spangler uses her gifts as a witty and creative story teller to focus on wicked women—both wicked good and wicked bad–so that we can draw wisdom from each.

Believing that the Bible is the world’s greatest storybook, and that each woman’s story is in the Bible for a reason, Ann Spangler sheds light on the meaning of each story and on the cultural and historical context in which it unfolds. Wicked Women of the Bible retells the ancient stories, probing their emotional content as characters respond to events that develop in surprising, dreadful and sometimes delightful ways. After each story, a brief section paints the historical and cultural background in more detail. At the end of each chapter, study questions allow for further reflection and discussion.

“I love these stories because they still speak to us today,” says Spangler. “I wanted to tell the women’s stories in more detail, to help modern readers grasp their richness. Research over the last several decades has shed an amazing amount of light on the history and culture of the biblical world, providing us with wonderful insight into how people lived and what they believed. Now we can begin to hear and understand these stories in the way their contemporaries would have.”

 The term ‘wicked’ is traditionally used to describe someone or something evil, but thanks to the progression of slang, we are able to experience its broadened purpose, which is to describe something amazing, awesome or great. Wicked Women of the Bible utilizes all of these definitions as it elaborates on the lives of the crazy, shameless and sometimes despicable women whose stories are recounted in the Bible.  Some of the women covered are:

  • A Wicked Woman of the Night: The Story of Rahab
  • A Wicked Sorceress: The Story of the Medium of Endor
  • A Wicked Girlfriend: The Story of Delilah
  • A Wicked Surprise: The Story of Deborah & Jael
  • Wicked Funny: The Story of Esther
  • Wicked Desire: The Story of Bathsheba
  • A Wicked Birthday Party: The Story of Herodias & Salome
  • Wicked Crazy: The Story of Mary Magdalene
  • Wicked Smart: The Story of Abigail
  • Wicked Old: The Story of Sarah

About Ann Spangler

Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus and The One Year Devotions for Women. She is also coauthor of the best-selling Women of the Bible and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus and the general editor of the Names of God Bible. Ann’s fascination with and love of Scripture have resulted in books that have opened the Bible to a wide range of readers. She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Mich.


If you have ever felt intimidated by the amazing women of the Bible whose stories glow brighter than the gold edges of the pages, Wicked Women of the Bible is a breath of fresh air.

Karen Ehman

New York Times Bestselling author of "Keep It Shut"

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