Often when we think of a wilderness season, we associate it with words like "difficult" and "long"—descriptors of its form, which is a distinctly Western way of perceiving it. Wealth of the Wilderness offers a cultural lens adjustment, inviting us to see wilderness through a Middle Eastern lens so we can better grasp its function. When we embrace the becoming that wilderness offers, we are positioned to inherit desert deposits and shed unnecessary baggage so we can weather wilderness seasons—indeed, all of life—more effectively.
Rebekah Joy is an author who helps readers engage with the Bible in its original context. A graduate of Liberty University, Rebekah has received additional training through Ashland Theological Seminary and Jerusalem University College. Living in Bethlehem, combined with extended time studying the Bible onsite in Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, and Italy, continues to be Rebekah's greatest source of learning, discovery, and inspiration.
“Journeying through Wealth of the Wilderness was transformational for me. Understanding the Bible through a Middle Eastern lens is truly life-changing—and addictive! The more I learn, the more I want to learn. I’ll never view the wilderness seasons of life in the same way again.”
—Tamera Alexander, USA Today bestselling author; TameraAlexander.com
“Wealth of the Wilderness not only took me deeper into the biblical world, but also into my own world and wilderness seasons. Learning to lean into the wilderness rather than run from it has transformed the ways, rhythms and practices of my life. I fear less; I courage more. Wealth of the Wilderness teaches us to not just endure wilderness seasons, but to flourish in and emerge from them as better creatures.”
—Kristi McLelland, bestselling author; professor; founder and executive director, New Lens Biblical Studies
“Wealth of the Wilderness helped me identify the spiritual wilderness I had been in for a long time, embrace it, and allow God to transform me. It changed the way I interact with my husband and my kids. It changed the way I lead and do business. It changed me.”
—Suzanne Sims, senior executive vice president, Ramsey Solutions
"One must experience Wealth of the Wilderness to come out on the other side seeing the Bible and the wilderness through a new lens. By saying "yes" to journeying through Wealth of the Wilderness and allowing God to change you, the wilderness will become a place you long to be—not a place you avoid."
—Tiffini Kilgore, founder, The House of Belonging; author of Misfit Table
Maktesh Ramon - Negev Desert