When I had only reached the halfway point, I had already mentioned this book to five people in person (besides mentioning it online) and pinpointed specific reasons/passages each individual would find particularly interesting.
That’s a sign of an intriguing book.
Seven Women and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson, 2015) is that intriguing book. Metaxas is a well-respected biographer of people of faith, and this is the first book I’ve gotten to read by him. (I’m a fan now, and look forward to picking up his biography on Bonhoeffer one day.)
This book chronicles seven women from the past 700 years and how following their faith led to incredible acts of courage, love, dedication, and cultural/societal change for the good. The book is divided into an introduction (which I highly recommended spending time and thought in — I highlighted numerous quotes from just those first few pages) followed by a chapter on each of the seven women: Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa.
What Metaxas does exceptionally well is not only include interesting abbreviated biographies on each woman, but also explains basic history of the place and era while highlighting how the woman’s actions were so culturally significant at the time (and thus influenced our time now in so many ways). This combination provides a strongly influential and inspiring read.
These stories are not fluff, either. Each woman suffered repeated trial and tragedy, yet each grew in their faith and their impact on our world through various means. While the book is focused on women, Metaxas writes in a way that is interesting and intriguing to all (and discusses in many sections how important God made women’s roles to be).
I also learned a great deal of history and of some women I hadn’t really heard of before. I already knew about Joan of Arc, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa, but this book definitely increased my knowledge and awe. And, honestly, I’d hadn’t read much at all (or any) about Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, and Saint Maria. I’m now honored to know their stories and pray God continues using their examples and their impact to further His love among people.
I highly recommend picking this one up. You won’t regret your time amongst its pages.
*Note: There is also a companion book to this one, titled 7 Men. I haven’t read it, but after reading 7 Women, I’d say that one would also be worth checking out!
Which woman of faith would you like to read a biography about?
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