50 Women Every Christian Should Know – Learning From Heroines of the Faith
By: Michelle DeRusha
Published by: Baker Books a division of Baker Publishing Group
Date: September 16th 2014
The inspiring stories of the women who helped to shape our faith
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 Ávila, and Anne Hutchinson to Susanna Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Corrie ten Boom, these admirable women live again under DeRusha’s expert pen. These engaging narratives are a potent reminder to us 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.
I really thought I would love this book, especially with the advanced praise it has received by so many people that I highly respect. However, I have to admit I didn’t like this book. It was a great historical reference but it definitely wasn’t something I would read for pleasure the way I had thought it would be. I had expected a book that helped me to tie my life to those through history and to feel encouraged by these 50 women, yet it felt a lot like I was reading a text book and I struggled to retain the information in it.
As a resource I think this book would make an excellent addition to your shelf, but I don’t recommend it as anything more than a text book.
“This book is rich in inspiration and information. Reading it opened my eyes, broadened my vision, and challenged my faith. I highly recommend it to both men and women!”–Warren W. Wiersbe, author and former pastor of the Moody Church, Chicago
“Fifty women who teach us that famous isn’t about how many people know your name and that brave often looks like pressing on even when you’re afraid. My daughter and I are both indebted to Michelle for introducing us to many women we’d never met before and are sure never to forget.”–Lisa-Jo Baker, community manager for (in)courage and author of Surprised by Motherhood
“In the face of some of the same questions, temptations, and doubts we encounter today, these women were pioneers. Their stories give the church of today–men and women alike–a courageous and brave example of living faith and of living
out faith, the evidence of things unseen.”–Deidra Riggs, managing editor of The High Calling and founder of Jumping Tandem
“In this thoroughly researched and well-written work, Michelle DeRusha invites us into the lives of fifty women whose stories are our stories. This book inspired me, challenged me, and made me feel so proud to be a woman who belongs to Jesus.”–Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Love Idol
About the Author
A Massachusetts native, Michelle DeRusha moved to Nebraska in 2001, where she discovered the Great Plains, grasshoppers the size of Cornish hens … and God. She writes about finding and keeping faith in the everyday at http://michellederusha.com, as well as for the Lincoln Journal Star and The High Calling.
She’s mom to two bug-loving boys, Noah and Rowan, and is married to Brad, an English professor who reads Moby Dick for fun.