AUTHOR: Eric Metaxas
PUBLISHER: Nashville, TN: Thomas-Nelson, 2015, (256 pages).
- They were all women who stood heads and shoulders above many in their generation
- They had big hearts and warm relationships
- They had great rapport with people around them
- Their lives were so compelling that they teach us humility.
- They were people of deep faith.
- All of them went through tough times and personal crises
This book is a 7-in-1 collection of biographies of significant women throughout history. All of these women drew their strength from deep faith. Parks in her most humiliating moment thought of Christ. Maria Skobtsova's compassion for the poor stemmed from the compassion of Jesus. Corrie Ten Boom's ability to forgive came from knowing that she too was a sinner being forgiven by God. Mother Teresa's venture to India and her missionary work among the poor came from a calling she heard from God. Hannah More's care for the poor came about through a reaction against the Church of England's apathy toward the needy. Joan of Arc's last words at the burning stake was wholeheartedly "Jesus!" Susanna Wesley's deep faith rubbed off her children and influenced many people.
Metaxas has a gift of storytelling and a penchant for details. He has that special talent for researching into the backgrounds of these fine women. I am impressed by the quantity of material he is able to fit into this book. Imagine writing seven biographies and compiling them into one book. Without sacrificing accuracy, he needed to present these stories as fair as possible and as respectful as possible. This is no easy task. Readers will have in their hands a fine collection of stories that can not only encourage those of us having faith crises or challenges, but be emboldened to tackle head on the serious deficiencies of today's society. In the strength and power of the Spirit, of course.
Eric Metaxas is a popular author and speaker. He has previously written bestselling books like Amazing Grace, Bonhoeffer, Miracles, and 7 Men. He resides in Manhattan, New York with his wife and daughter.
Rating: 4.25 stars of 5.
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