Fools, Liars, Cheaters and Other Bible Heroes

book imageby Barbara Hosbach


What was it like for Leah, whose husband preferred her younger sister?  How did Ananias feel when the Lord sent him to heal Paul, a known persecutor of Christians? Why was Andrew content to remain in the background when Jesus chose Andrew’s brother Peter to lead the church?


Each chapter of Fools, Liars, Cheaters and Other Bible Heroes explores a different character from the Bible in a down-to-earth way. These very human men and women each had their own unique combination of strengths, weaknesses, and circumstances. In other words, they were just like us.


The Bible is filled with inspiring stories, but they can’t encourage us unless we read them.  On the other hand, we may read the stories but feel intimidated or find ourselves asking, “What does that have to do with me?” Questions at the end of each chapter invite readers to identify with the scripture account, embrace their individuality, and consider God’s plan for them in the here and now.


Fools, Liars, Cheaters & Other Bible Heroes was written for anyone seeking to relate to the Bible in a more personal and relevant way.  Questions for reflection and discussion make the book ideal for individual reading or group discussion.


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Fools, Liars, Cheaters, and Other Bible Heroes” takes a down to earth look at the diverse assortment of biblical characters called by God.


But Jesus answered “The scripture says, ‘Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks.’” (Matthew 4:4)


All Bible quotes are from the Good News Translation unless otherwise noted.


It is reassuring that Jesus called fishermen and tax collectors to be his followers. These were laymen, not Scripture experts. It is wise to seek guidance from religious scholars and clergy who have studied Scripture to avoid errors in interpretation. But the Bible is also a gift given to each of us, to use as a basis for prayer and meditation.


I’m not a Biblical scholar; I’m an expert only on my own experience. Following the Scripture passage is a brief meditation along with a question or two as a springboard for your own reflections. Please feel free to share your own thoughts or insights on the passage by adding a comment. All comments are moderated, so please allow some time for your comment to be posted.

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