The Samaritan woman at the well has gotten a bad rap. For two thousand years, she’s been known as the loose woman with long affairs and the “five-time loser” of short marriages — a slut and a victim. But what is her truth? In this inspiring story of triumph, redemption and healing, nine modern women journey to her well and discover what it is to walk in her sandals, each on her own path to becoming a Well Woman.
Former members of an international Bible study group in Rome are reunited on a tour to the West Bank city of Nablus, the historic site of Jacob’s Well, where Jesus encountered the Samaritan “woman at the well.” Beneath their stylish veneer of accomplishment and comfortable affluence, each woman has been deeply hurt and nearly broken by their lives. Kay is the color-coded super organizer; Ruth, the comedian with Kleenex and empathy; Alicia, the brainiac with a dark secret; Inez, the foodie with an accent; Corinne, the gentle voice in the moonlight; Beth, the nurse with a sore heart; and Vicky, home alone again and again. And then there is Julia, with the caustic complaint for every occasion; whereas Norma is cheerful in the face of death. At the Well, they meet themselves and Najila, a modern Samaritan woman; her feisty mother, Huda; their shrewd cousins, Yousef and Adnan; and stylish Auntie Rania, queen of back-handed compliments. As each woman shares her journey to recovery through the healing power of Living Water from Jesus Christ and through the love and support of the study group’s members, they truly meet each other. Throughout this tour of life, healing, and history, the reader is treated to a rich tapestry of details about the people, sights, shops and foods of the Middle East, woven by an experienced and sophisticated traveler to that area.