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One of my favorite Gospel accounts of someone being healed is the woman who touched Christ’s garment (as if you couldn’t tell by the name of my book).
I love how she was transformed from a life of misery to a life of wholeness, just by a single touch. I love how she acted so deliberately on her confidence in Jesus Christ. I love how He acknowledged her in front of the whole multitude, and recorded her story for the ages to come.
Sadly, we’re only given a handful of verses about that woman in [biblegateway passage=”Mark 5:25-34″].
And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” … And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
But I’ve often wondered about the rest of her life…
A few months ago I was excited to notice a new book from my publisher about this very woman. Just One Touch is Cynthia Goyang’s debut novel, and presents a fictional account of what this woman may have experienced…
The author narrates a tale about a woman named Sapira. The story is woven with heartbreak — from the untimely death of Sapira’s beloved father, to her tumultuous marriage with Ahir, to a heart-wrenching struggle with pregnancy, to her bloody state as a social outcast. While the characters are obviously fictitious, the story maintains a good level of historical and biblical accuracy, based on the time period when this woman lived.
I often have trouble imagining scenes from the Bible, but Just One Touch allowed me a glimpse of what life might have been like, not just for this woman but in the whole time period of Christ’s earthly ministry.
It was intriguing to imagine the depths of the woman’s sorrow and loss, before Christ restored her both physically and spiritually. It was inspiring to read of her confidence in the Messiah’s healing power, and her commitment to act on that faith no matter what the consequences might be. It was convicting to ponder whether I would have had the same faith she did, to fight such odds and overcome such fears. It was encouraging to realize how completely the Savior healed her, how lovingly He commended her for trusting Him, and how He is still the same loving Savior for us today.
I’d love to recommend Just One Touch to anyone who enjoys catching a glimpse of the real lives of Bible characters. And if you enjoy fiction (who doesn’t?), it would actually be a great companion to my recent book, Touching the Hem. My only caveat would be if you’ve recently struggled through a miscarriage or still-birth; this book could definitely strengthen your faith in Christ, but it could also be very difficult to read if your grief is too recent or sharp.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel from the author. All opinions expressed herein are completely my own.