Erin Davis: Well, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, hot tea, hot apple cider, lemonade, whatever, and grab your Bible. I’m so glad you’re joining us. You’re going to be listening to some friends who I know you’re going to love.

We are walking through the study of Rahab: Tracing the Thread of Redemption. I’ll let them introduce themselves to you in a minute, but before you do, I want the women listening to feel like you’re right here with us. You are. We’re thinking of you. We’re talking about you.

I want you to feel like you are walking through the study of Rahab with us. We’re not here to download all of our wisdom about this story to you. We’re not here because we have all of this figured out. We want to open our Bibles with you and look at Rahab’s life just like I hope you’re doing in your church, in your neighborhood. I feel like that.

Sometimes we’ll be serious. We’ll be talking about really deep stuff. And then the next minute we might not be. We might talk over each other. We might interrupt each other a little bit. We will share stories from our lives. We want you to feel like you’re a part of that.

So by way of disclaimer, I want them to know what they’re getting into. I want them to meet you. I know they’re going to love you as they listen to you talk to them about this study. So I’ll let you introduce yourselves.

To my left I have a dear friend of mine. We work together at Revive Our Hearts. Tell them your name, maybe where you’re from, and I want to know what are your favorite kind of books to read.

Leslie Bennett: I’m Leslie Bennett, and I live in South Carolina. My husband and I have been married thirty-seven years, and we’re empty nesters. I have two adult children and a wonderful son-in-law. I don’t have grandchildren, so can I tell you I have a Labradoodle?

Erin: Yes, sure.

Leslie: She’s adorable, named Bella. As far as the kind of books that I enjoy reading, I’m kind of a nerd about leadership. I love to read books on leadership. That’s fun for me.

Erin: That’s great! Okay, over here I have another friend. Tell them about you, whatever you want them to know, and what kind of books you love to read.

Lisa Whittle: My name is Lisa, and I’m from North Carolina. Okay, books to read. I love to read. I’ve been reading for a long, long, long time. I love a good memoir. That is one of my favorites. I love, love a good memoir. I read non-fiction some, but because I spend so much time writing books, it’s hard for me to read a lot. But I read books by old, dead guys. Can I say that?

Erin: You sure can! We do, too. I feel like there’s community here at this table with that.

Lisa: I love reading all kinds of people’s wisdom. It’s a little different when you do it for a job, and you have a podcast yourself, and you read books that way. But you read for pleasure, and there’s all kinds of stuff in there.

Erin: I’m surrounded by Carolina girls. But you don’t really have Carolina accents.

Lisa: Well, I’m not from Carolina, so my accent is confused. I have grown up all over the United States, so no one knows where this accent is from.

Leslie: Sometimes you slip into it . . . you can talk pretty southern.

Erin: Well, I’m Erin. I’m from Missouri. I don’t know . . . do I sound like I have an accent to you? I haven’t slipped out any y’alls—maybe I’ve …