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October 22, 2009
This book is a "must read" for Christian women. I laughed, I cried...I was humbled.In a time when women's ministry is often synonymous with brunch and chocolate, we can all learn from the women in Sacred Friendships.The wisdom, boldness, perseverance, love, and sacrifice displayed by these female heroes will make you want to put down that latte and get to work in the body of Christ.This historical narrative presents the stories over 50 women and covers 2000 years of church history. The authors allow these women to shine their own light through their letters, diaries, and other writings. We also hear the words of those who were influenced by their faith.These women teach us to balance life and doctrine, humble care and bold courage, content and character. They speak the truth in love. They teach, counsel, and encourage others through their words and through their actions.The list of heroes includes mothers and sisters of the saints. It includes martyrs and deaconesses, wives of famous pastors, and women who quietly instructed and discipled followers in their rural homes. You will hear from women who boldly spoke out against and debated male leaders during the Great Western Schism, the Reformation, and the road to Emancipation. There are stories of those who endured slavery and those who fought against slavery. The book ends in a Nazi prison camp, where the faith of one woman encouraged and influenced those around her.Diversity among the women in Sacred Friendships affirms that all women can serve in God's kingdom. These women were married, single, and widowed. They included women of high position and political influence, peasants, prisoners, and slaves. Some were mothers and some never had children. All of them lived authentic lives of faith.I would definitley recommend this book.
As I began to read this amazing book, the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy came to mind, remembering the genuine faith Timothy possesses, Paul acknowledges the source of his faith is his Mother Eunice and Grandmother Lois. They had provided sound teaching and soul care for this man of God. Little did they know the impact their exhortations would have on the Christendom.For many years there has been a void in the availability of material discussing the lives of Christian women in the centuries between the Book of Revelation and time period of the Reformation. Sacred Friendships fills this void in a manner which is comprehensive while concise, substantive while readable and educational and applicable.The journey you begin in Chapter one will be guided by the voices of more than 50 godly Christian women, traveling through five continents, spanning nearly two centuries. You guides will be from a vast array of racial, ethnic and socio economic backgrounds. The one constant throughout this journey is all your guides are godly women who have provided soul care in many forms to those whose names are readily familiar and those you have never heard of. As God is no respecter of persons, neither do these godly women discriminate in any manner as they provide the sustaining, healing, reconciling and guiding required of those providers and directors of soul care I trust that the preceding has but wet your appetite to learn more about these women. The book Sacred Friendships has infinite possibilities for its audience. From use as a personal devotional, reading and meditating on the lives of these women and the scriptures they represented to a core text for a college or seminary class entitled History of Christian Womanhood 101. There are endless uses. Whatever your age, education level or pursuit read this book. You will be richly blessed.