Monday, December 15, 2014

50 Women Every Christian Should Know - by Michelle DeRusha

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About the book:

The inspiring stories of the women who helped to shape our faith.

Throughout history, countless women have boldly stepped out in faith and courage, leaving their indelible mark on those around them and on the kingdom of God. In lively prose Michelle DeRusha tells their stories, bringing into focus fifty incredible heroines of the faith. From Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Ávila, and Anne Hutchinson to Susanna Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Corrie ten Boom, these admirable women live again under DeRusha's expert pen. These engaging narratives are a potent reminder to us that we are not alone, the battles we face today are not new, and God is always with us in the midst of the struggle.

My review:

This was a fascinating book full of inspirational women!  It went in order of when they were born, starting all the way back in 1098 through 1925, and averaged about seven pages each.  Some of the women I'd heard of, such as Florence Nightingale and Corrie ten Boom, and others were new to me.  I liked how each biography started with a scene in their life so it almost felt like a fictional story.  Then we were given some background, such as what their childhoods were like, their education, their family life and spiritual life.  It's explained how each woman got involved in what she's known for and the impact on her family and society because of it.  These women aren't shown as perfect Christians, but instead we see their mistakes and struggles, what they had to overcome from others and from themselves.  At the end of each biography, DeRusha sums up their accomplishments and points out how we can relate to each woman and what we can take away to use in our own lives.  She has done a lot of research for each biography, with the notes in the back of the book to prove it!  While there were a lot of women to admire, there were a few that while I understood why they were included in the book because of some accomplishment, I didn't agree with their beliefs or the way they carried them out.  Overall, this book is well worth the read and I highly recommend it!

I received this book free from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review.

 The Author

  1. Michelle DeRusha

    Michelle DeRusha

    Michelle DeRusha writes a monthly column on religion and spirituality for the Lincoln Journal Star and is a regular contributor to The High Calling and other online journals. She also writes about faith in the everyday on her blog at...
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