Introduction and Background
The title comes from the passage in the Gospel according to Luke, when Messiah spoke “woman thou art loosed” to one who had been under a horrible spirit for 18 years. Hebrew letters have numeric value and the numeric value of the spelling of life in Hebrew [chai], is 18. Eighteen year increments have been quite significant in my life. When I began to follow Messiah, I realized the mathematics, but had not correlated this particular Scripture to that fact. The first 18 years, of course is childhood, in which I was not terribly successful, and under a horrible weight of religious dogma and spiritual confusion. The next 18 years, I spent as a "loose woman" trying to find love, yet still hoping to find spiritual truth, which amounted to another 18 years of dismal failure. I knew all along, the Bible held the answers to everything in life, but I struggled to discover the truth amidst the trappings of tradition. I was drowning in a deluge of condemnation and despair, until at 36, I received the truth and the truth set me free.
by the Barefoot Princess