“When I consider the seven women I chose, I see that most of them were great for reasons that derive precisely from their being women, not in spite of it; and what made them great has nothing to do their being measured against or competing with men. In other words, their accomplishments are not gender-neutral but are rooted in their singularity as women.”
I knew I was going to enjoy this book (since his previous release was a great read), but after reading the introduction and reading more behind his reason for choosing the women he did, I knew I was in for something more awesome than I had originally thought. These women accomplished some incredible and amazing things in all kinds of eras, situations and hardships and their legacies are pretty incredible.
In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to the enormously successful Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas gives us seven captivating portraits of some of history’s greatest women, each of whom changed the course of history by following God’s call upon their lives – as women. Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages-Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks-is an exemplary model of true womanhood. Teenaged Joan of Arc followed God’s call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr’s death. Susanna Wesley had nineteen children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn-writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks’ deep sense of justice and unshakeable dignity and faith helped launch the twentieth-century’s greatest social movement. Writing in his trademark conversational and engaging style, Eric Metaxas reveals how the other extraordinary women in this book achieved their greatness, inspiring readers to lives shaped by the truth of the gospel.
If you had the chance to read Seven Men (if you haven’t, then I highly recommend you do!), you’ll find that Seven Women is the same style along with the same inspiration and encouragement. Again, there were some people I knew very well, some I knew the names of and some who were completely new to me. That’s one thing I really appreciate about Metaxas’ choices – there’s a fascinating combination.
In a time where our culture seems to forget the power there is in being a woman and using the gifts God created women for, this book was refreshing and incredibly inspiring. After reading about these women, I feel like I can accomplish anything with Him leading the way!
Oh and in case you’re wondering, I think every man needs to read this too!
Who is a woman you are inspired by?
(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)