“Seven Women and the Secret of Their Greatness,” by Eric Metaxas

I recently had the chance to read Seven Women and the Secret of Their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas. This nonfiction book was published September 8, 2015, by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to the enormously successful Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas gives us seven captivating portraits of some of history’s greatest women, each of whom changed the course of history by following God’s call upon their lives—as women.

Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages—Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks—is an exemplary model of true womanhood. Teenaged Joan of Arc followed God’s call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr’s death. Susanna Wesley had nineteen children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn-writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks’ deep sense of justice and unshakeable dignity and faith helped launch the twentieth-century’s greatest social movement.

Writing in his trademark conversational and engaging style, Eric Metaxas reveals how the other extraordinary women in this book achieved their greatness, inspiring readers to lives shaped by the truth of the gospel.

Final Verdict:

I love biographies, especially biographies of Christians who have experienced great things; I believe it’s important to learn the stories of the saints, not to put them on a pedestal, but to honor God for the amazing, real things He can accomplish! I have not read Seven Men, but I’m a big fan of Metaxas and his ability to bring biographical stories to life (see his biography of Bonhoeffer – in all its versions.) While I was familiar with some of the women featured in this book, I don’t feel like I really knew the full scope of their life stories. Others, like Hannah More, were completely new to me, and so captivating! The format of this book makes it an easy read for those of us who don’t have much time to finish an entire book in one sitting. You could easily read one biography in a night – or even one a week – and still experience this book in a great way. Highly recommended.

If you’d like to check out Seven Women, it is currently on sale for $11.99 for the Kindle version (regularly $24.99). If you prefer a physical copy the hardcover version is currently on sale for $14.02. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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