What does a warrior, a rights activist and a nun has in common? Answer: They can all be accomplished by a woman. Biographies on women are far and few between. This is why I’m glad Eric Metaxas has written this book highlighting the lives of several accomplished women.
Some of the women in the book mentioned in the book will probably be known by many, other will probably be new to readers. What makes their lives remarkable is how they were able to showcase their lives for Christ.
Metaxas writes in a very engaging manner giving a chapter summary of each of the women in his book. If you’re new to these people, you will definitely find this book to be an extremely helpful introduction to their lives. What I liked about why Metaxas has written about these people is the fact that he recognises the fact that what makes these women great is not about whether they were able to achieve or out-do what men had already achieved. Rather he wants to write about what women has excel in by their very own identity.
For example, on his chapter on Susanna Wesley, Metaxas reminds readers that Susanna Wesley’s greatness lies in the fact that she was a superb mother who single-handedly had to raise a large family, providing, caring and discipling them and every one of them. This teaches readers that to be a great woman does not mean you have to perform as well as a man, rather you are to be excellent at the identity that God has given to you.
I’ve enjoyed the book, but one drawback of the book is that the comments by Metaxas is rather short. No doubt Metaxas does indicate his opinions throughout the book, if his concluding paragraphs for each chapter was slightly longer it would be excellent. Metaxas does a good job at highlighting the important contribution of each women, I only wish he could have written a more elaborated piece on each of them.
All in all an easy to read book, informative and engaging. If you’re a woman and want to know about what makes this women great, then you should read about them in this book.
Rating: 4 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review