- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (September 16, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801015871
- ISBN-13: 978-0801015878
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith Paperback – September 16, 2014
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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.
"This book is rich in inspiration and information. Reading it opened my eyes, broadened my vision, and challenged my faith. I highly recommend it to both men and women!"--Warren W. Wiersbe, author and former pastor of the Moody Church, Chicago
"Fifty women who teach us that famous isn't about how many people know your name and that brave often looks like pressing on even when you're afraid. My daughter and I are both indebted to Michelle for introducing us to many women we'd never met before and are sure never to forget."--Lisa-Jo Baker, community manager for (in)courage and author of Surprised by Motherhood
"In the face of some of the same questions, temptations, and doubts we encounter today, these women were pioneers. Their stories give the church of today--men and women alike--a courageous and brave example of living faith and of living out faith, the evidence of things unseen."--Deidra Riggs, managing editor of The High Calling and founder of Jumping Tandem
"In this thoroughly researched and well-written work, Michelle DeRusha invites us into the lives of fifty women whose stories are our stories. This book inspired me, challenged me, and made me feel so proud to be a woman who belongs to Jesus."--Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Love Idol
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 www.michellederusha.com. She lives with her husband and their two boys in Nebraska.
About the Author
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 www.michellederusha.c
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Top Customer Reviews
The direct quotes from the women were also one of my favorite features of the book. For example, "I am content to fill a little space if God be glorified." - Susanna Wesley
I'm impressed with how Michelle condensed each woman's life into historically-detailed vignettes for each chapter. I've been slowly reading through it.
If you'd like to know the 3 women Michelle DeRusha would most like to have coffee with and why, here's my interview of her at http://soulstops.com/post/An-Interview-with-Michelle-DeRusha-About-50-Women-%28-Giveaway%29.aspx
Also, a slow read......I know it's meant to be biographical but I think the content is filtered more through the author making these being women who inspire others than accurate history. And it's not a book that will capture and hold your interest very well.
So read it for what it is....an OK book about women who had faith through difficult lives.
As I read each chapter, not only do these women themselves stand out as models of faithfulness, but also their families, and particularly some of the men in their lives—fathers, brothers, friends—who offered education and opportunity to these heroines during times when women were otherwise denied those “luxuries.”
Though the chapters are arranged chronologically, I find mixing them up gives me a greater sense of God’s providence and helps me understand the extraordinary obstacles women of every color and nation and age have had to overcome. The chapters are short enough to read one or two a day, the length of them a testament to the disciplined skill of the author, who likely could have written an entire book on each woman but narrowed them down to manageable introductions.
Rather than satisfy my curiosity, the book moves me to look deeper and get to know the women more. And Michelle offers end notes with resources to do just that.
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
50 Women Every Christian Should Know is useful in filling gaps in Christian history. The biographical and historical information is interesting and informative. The profiles of Katharina Von Bora, Fanny Crosby, Edith Schaeffer, and Flannery O’Conner are especially enjoyable. However, the work lacks depth. Some of the women discussed dabbled in mysticism and entertained theological error. There seems to be an absence of biblical and political discernment throughout. No doubt each woman had an impact on her society, but there is too much ecumenical emphasis. These women deserve to be known, but are not on equal theological footing. Not without historical value, 50 Women should be read with caution in mind.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.