Seven Women And The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
It is always interesting to see which people make the top ten or in this case the seven women and the secret of their greatness. Sometimes there is an argument with the list because someone has been left out or an inappropriate person is on the list. I have read ‘Seven Men’ by the same author in which men who were considered great and as a brief synopsis of their life it fulfilled its duty.
This book, however, involved great women. What was the difference? Some of these women were not as well known so the backstory had to be told. For example the chapter on Saint Maria of Paris starts with the sentence, “there are good reasons most people have never heard of …”
As introductory books for the general populace this book is an easy read, with historic facts laid out in palatable fashion. It entirely can be considered interesting in a skimming across the surface way.
What stands out with all of these women is how they allowed themselves to be used by God. When Rosa Parks refused to move she had no idea what would spring from that one defiant moment. Hannah More was just one amazing woman who had such a heart for social justice. Susanna had a superb vision of God’s abundance and educated all of her children in His ways. She was behind John and Charles Wesley, guiding them until her death.
So who was left out, St. Brigid or St Hilda, Hildegard, the Beguines, St Clare of Assisi, Katharine Zell, Sarah Crosby, Mary Jones, Catherine Booth, Amy Carmichael, Mavis Staples.
There are longer books covering much of the material in this book, but with Metaxes comfy, easy voice hovering over this overview of these great women’s lives. It would make an ideal gift this Christmas for the girl in your life.
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