Michelle DeRusha took on the daunting task of researching fifty women, some of which have an immense amount of documentation and some with very little documentation, and crafted her book 50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning From Heroines of the Faith.
Through her vignettes of these women, ranging from Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) to Ruth Bell Graham (1920-2007), we are introduced to women who loved their Lord and Savior in the midst of their daily struggles and flaws. DeRusha does a fine job of not only showing the strength of the women but also their quirks and flaws. Both of these attributes provide a fine balance of inspiring the reader without creating an idol out of these heroines.
Some of DeRusha’s choices for her stories left me wondering why she chose them (e,g. Margery Kempe) over other women, like Lilias Trotter, but I also recognize that it can be quite the task to narrow down women of inspiration to fifty candidates. Overall, the book was well written, though at times one is left wondering if the author is pushing an agenda beyond simply stories of inspiration to follow God’s call.
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