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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2013
Here are 100 Christian women who changed the world: The Top 100 Women of the Christian Faith will encourage and inspire you in your life today! From Harriet Tubman to Corrie ten Boom, from Katie Luther to Lisa Beamer, and from Fannie Crosby to Queen Victoria, the women of Christian history present a beautiful spectrum of service and devotion. These essays, short and easy-to-read, present the life stories of these amazing women along with biblical insights for modern living. Applicable to readers of any age or background, The Top 100 Women of the Christian Faith is ideal for gift giving, small group studies, or personal reading enjoyment.
CGender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring learning source and/or devotional.August 8, 2015CGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5For one thing, this is a handy book to have in order to find out the basic biographical facts about the Christian women included in it. In addition and most importantly, it will also inspire and aid readers spiritually through the brief but important lesson drawn at the end of each story and the Bible verse that accompanies each story. The writing is in an easy-to-understand style and vocabulary so that almost any English-speaking person from about age 11 upward would be able to understand it either completely or, if they are a younger reader, at least pretty well.
The overwhelming preponderance of women selected are Protestant, but some of them will not be readily familiar to many Protestants, and probably even less of them to Catholics, and all Christian women (or non) might enjoy and profit from reading and learning about these outstanding ones. Their life stories are admirable and would be challenging to anyone who aspires to give their all in Christ and with Christ.
Ive only read about a dozen of the biographical stories so far, so I cant generalize about the book very accurately. Ive noticed that the author almost never mentions the Christian denomination of the Women in the stories and she usually does not distinguish whether or not they were Protestant or Catholic but mostly refers to each and all generically as Christians. I can say that among the many more RECENT Christian women I noticed whom I knew to have been Catholic were only Flannery OConnor and Helen Steiner Rice (but am not sure but what Helen might not have been a Catholic?). Three Catholic women here from earlier times include Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Sienna, and Christina Rossetti. The author does discuss Madame Guyon as having been a Catholic (but one who was frowned upon by her church, yet remained in it).
I noticed three outstanding Protestant monarchs in the Table of Contents: Victoria of England, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, and Elizabeth KaAhumanu of Hawaii. Others related to rulership are Helena, mother of Constantine, and the 6th-century Byzantine Empress Theodora. Lady Jane Grey of England is included, noted to have been a pious martyr-victim of Catholic Queen Mary.
Of the women who were Christians fighting slavery and racism are Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rosa Parks, and Mahalia Jackson
Theres a great variety in the selection of women as to the kinds of lives they led and the kinds of Christian work they did, which helps to illustrate the fact that God has gifted individuals with many different kinds of gifts which they have used to help extend Christs kingdom on earth, to praise Him, or to do whatever other even small things (such as, for instance, Mary Kay Asch represents). Of the stories of some Ive read so far, Ive been astonished to learn of all the books or hymns that certain of these women have written and languages they have learned---which I never suspected theyd done! (Was surprised that hymn writer Dottie Rambo was not included here.)
I would say that the title of the book is worded a bit erroneously, implying that there are just these 100 women who are THE top100 Christian women---and no others that could be chosen from across the panorama of over 2000 years of Christian history. Surely there must be hundreds and even thousands more Christian women who could also be designated as worthy to be called TOP Christian women.
Am grateful for this source for learning about these 100 such top Christians, which I also intend to use sometimes as part of my devotional reading.
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