Everyone has a story. Every life lived or currently being lived is making an impact on the people they come in contact with, whether good or bad. Me? I love reading the inspiring stories, the ones where you know the effect of a life well lived will have long lasting rippling effects. That’s one of the reasons I jumped at reviewing this release from Baker Publishing.
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 Avila, and Anne Hutchison to Susanna Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Corrie ten Boom, women both famous and admirable live again under DeRusha’s expert pen. These engaging narratives are a potent reminder to readers 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.
What I love about collections like this, is that you come away inspired. Whether you only read a few entries or the whole book, each story shares of a life devoted to something greater and faith, even in the darkest of times.
With easy to read and entries that aren’t overwhelming, the stories are from different time periods and from all over the world. There were a few people I knew about or bits of their story, like Corrie ten Boom, Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bell Graham or Florence Nightingale, but the majority I have never heard of or knew nothing more than their name in passing, so it made for some excellent reading. If you’re looking for some awesome stories of faith, I definitely recommend checking this one out.
“Some have been on earth scores of years, yet die in infancy.” Sojourner Truth
Who is someone that inspires you?
(Thank you to Baker Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)