I’ve long admired missionaries. Most of them that I have met, have had such a heart for what they are doing, and I think it is great. It just isn’t something that I could do (I don’t think). My spiritual gift is definitely not evangelizing, and that’s okay. I am thrilled to hear about people getting saved, and if someone asks, I’m more than happy to share the Gospel with them. But going door-to-door or approaching people at a festival or something? My heart starts pounding, my stomach might roil a little bit, and my palms sweat, and I would probably stumble over my words when I talk.
While I know that I probably won’t ever be like any of the women in this book, I can still learn from them and admire them. One woman comes from wealth that I can’t even imagine, and a few others started out in a difficult life that I can’t comprehend. However, all of them had a heart sold out for Christ. I hope that at the end of my life, I can be recognized as sharing that trait with them.
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**I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review**
This book was quite a bit different from what I was expecting. I was interested in reading about the women in this book. There were only a couple of names that I recognized, like Fanny Crosby for example, and I could hardly tell you anything about her beyond the fact that she wrote hymns.
Jamie Janosz blends between creative narration and writing out the facts about these women. Sometimes her approach comes across as a bit more of a story, and I really wish she would have stuck with that style a bit more than what she did. I was drawn in and more engaged with this novel when that happened. But often, she would take the reader to more of a bird’s eye view of these women’s lives, and summarizing them.
The layout was quite well done. Each woman had three chapters telling about her life. Most of the chapters spanned from birth or young child and ended with when she died. In between, Janosz wrote about her accomplishments and hardships, as well as some of the relationships, marital, friendships, or professional, each woman formed in her life. After every couple of women, there would be a short chapter discussing the affairs most prevalent to women of the time, things like education or suffrage.
At just under 200 pages, this book was a pretty quick read. The way it is broken up also makes it easy to put down and pick right back up. There are discussion questions in the back of the book that would help a small group utilize this book for a study.
I would love to hear from you! Who are some women that you admire?
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