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Review: The One Year Women in Christian History Devotional

I love history. It fascinates me. You start telling me something historical, and you will probably have my full attention. It doesn’t really even matter what it is. Egyptian Pyramids, Australia as a prison territory, Salem witch trials, Westward Expansion, Captain Cook in Hawaii, Tudor England, French Revolution, or the Ming Dynasty. There is so much to be learned from what happened in a moment and how one person responded. Stories let us examine the “what ifs” but history is what did. We know the results of some of these actions, and it’s our responsibility to learn from them.

Women are an interesting part of history. In many cases, women weren’t a strong focal point of a particular event. Given a particular event in history, and it might even take a few names before that of a woman is listed. But despite that, women have impacted history in both good and bad ways. Some of their lives are fascinating, and for me, sometimes it is easier to connect with them, understand their emotions, than it is their male counterparts.

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**I received a free copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest

Starting with Mary, who initially discovered the empty tomb, women have played a significant role in the history of the Christian church. Their prayers, their songs of faith, and their steadfast perseverance in the face of adversity can still encourage us today. Spend the year with some of the greatest women in Christian history: from Claire of Assisi to Joan of Arc, from Fanny Crosby to Susannah Wesley, from Catherine Booth to Anne Bradstreet, and many more. This One Year book leaves no historical stone unturned in order to help you discover the amazing spiritual heritage you have in the lives of faith-filled women of the past.

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I don’t know about you, but when I pick up a devotional, I expect it to be filled with sound Biblical truths that can be applied to my life. I suspected that this book would be different from that, and it was.

This book examines the lives of a few hundred women. Some of them come straight from the pages of the Bible. Others we would find in history books. Others are known for the hymns they wrote, and a few are known for their ability to stand firm for their faith. Not all of the women in the book are who we would think of as role models. But we can learn from them. For some, it might be a challenge to see where we can more actively live our lives for God. Some of the women in the book might force us to examine our hearts and see if we share the same negative qualities.

Each passage is thought-provoking. The brief biography of the woman is followed with some reflective questions and suggestions on examining our own lives. On the women from the Bible, the book does include the passages on where to find her or the particular story about her. But every day’s reading is followed with a verse from scripture that is relevant to the story told.

If you are looking for a book to help you dig into the Bible, this isn’t the book for you. This book is a wonderful study on women through history. Each day is only a page of reading, so it is quite manageable. Nonetheless, it is a fascinating collection of stories of women who have graced the pages of history for better or for worse, and nearly all of them have left something behind for future women to learn from.

I would love to hear from you! Do you have any favorite women from history?

For more on this book, please check out the following link:

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