The author is an Old Testament scholar whose travels to places such as Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan and South Africa led her to women who reminded her of eleven familiar OT characters: Sarah and Hagar, Ruth and Naomi, Vashti and Esther, Michal, Abigail and Bathsheba, Gomer and `wisdom' (Proverbs). In each case the focus is on the socio-economic background of the women and the literary structure of the story and after each chapter there are notes and questions for discussion. Successfully bridging the gap between then and now and bringing out the similarities in totally different cultures and societies, the parallels are blindingly obvious. Sadly what is lacking is a little imagination as to how the `then' and 'now' might talk to each other. How do today's women help us to understand the biblical story? How does the biblical story help us to enter into the situations of women today? The scene is set. The menu is attractive. The ingredients are all there. Somebody has to make the pudding! Some preachers would find it stimulating. So would mature adults in a group study.