What is the hallmark of a great life? Eric Metaxas contends there are specific qualities that set apart certain people, people who have conquered great odds to accomplish the unthinkable. He sets out to highlight the lives of seven extraordinary women, all who saw themselves as average, everyday people…
Joan of Arc: pure, brave and singular in her faith and obedience to God.
Susanna Wesley had a theological knowledge that fueled a disciplined life.
Hannah More’s culture was influenced by art and she sought to use her gifts in God’s service.
Saint Maria modeled the Christian life outside the four walls of the church.
Corrie ten Boom had a foundation of faith that began way before Nazi occupation turned her home inside out.
Rosa Parks was persistent in seeking rights for blacks in an age of terrible discrimination.
Mother Teresa saw the poor as God’s wonderful people.
I loved the narrative of this book. The author wove a story of faith, hardship, ingenuity and humility. It was a joy to read the chronicles of these who struggled with faith and its application to daily lives. It painted them in a light that showed they were real people with real difficulties. They were not sugar-coated, but weaknesses were laid bare. Why is that important? Because it helped me to relate to their lives, and to understand the power of faith in God to change the course of history.
Eric Metaxas also wrote Seven Men and the Secret to Their Greatness and states both sexes suffer when the uniqueness of each is denied. 7 Women challenged me to be fully me, and to stop the comparison game that robs my sphere of the gifts given by God to impact change in the world.
A great Christmas gift for both male and female readers on your list!
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