Seven Women

Seven Women

Product Information
  • Form Description: Trade Paper
  • ISBN: 9780718037291
  • Item Code: BKN037291
  • Weight: 0.2300
  • Age Range: Ages 20+
  • Colour of Cover: Four-color
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 08/09/2015
  • Number of Pages: 256
Seven Women : And the Secret of Their Greatness
Eric Metaxas Thomas Nelson, 2015
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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.

Author Biography

Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Bonhoeffer; Amazing Grace; Seven Men; and Miracles.
His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. ABC News has called Metaxas a
“witty ambassador for faith in public life.” He speaks to thousands
around the United States and internationally each year. He lives in New York City with
his wife and daughter.


Reviews (1)

'Learn from those who have lived faithfully before we were born.' Posted on 23/05/2016
Biographies are powerful books to read, and this book of seven shorter biographies does not disappoint. These women come to life in the pages of Metaxas’ book, informing the mind, warming the heart, and inspiring a response in our own lives by the choices they made and the way they lived for God. Metaxas’ wish is that the stories of these women “help you to see yourself and your own time and world all the more clearly” (xx). In his introduction, Metaxas explains his choice to write biographies of these seven women, and specifically, how he chose the women who made the book. These women’s stories are those he found the most compelling and inspiring. He chose these women because “most of them were great for reasons that derive precisely from them being women.” These great women “stood on their own as women, but not in a defiant stance that pitted them against men” (xix). In choosing these woman, Metaxas sought to emphasise the way God has designed men and women to be different and complimentary: “we are specifically created as complements to each other, as different halves of a whole, and that whole reflects the glory of God.” (xvi). This introduction served to only further whet my appetite to learn about and from these seven women; some who I knew a little about already, others who I had not even heard of. Metaxas covers the lives of Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Mother Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks and Mother Theresa. Arranged chronologically, the lives of these woman pack a significant punch. Joan of Arc, a teenage girl who was faithful to the incredible call of God on her life, which took her away from everything familiar in life. Susanna Wesley, who dedicated her life to her family with extraordinary results and who maintained a fierce commitment to her own devotional life with the Lord. Hannah More, who used her literary gifts and her love for people to influence the course of society in regard to slavery and living moral lives. Mother Maria of Paris, who as an orthodox nun wanted above all to love and care for those in need as their mother, including the Jewish people during the war. Again, the faithfulness of Corrie ten Boom during the years of World War II and afterwards, modelling Christian forgiveness in unimaginable circumstances. Rosa Parks, who took courage and direction from her faith in God and whose stand on a city bus was one of the catalysts for the Civil Rights movement in the US. And finally, Mother Theresa, who so wholeheartedly and earnestly cared for the poorest of the poor, as she lived out her faith in God. Metaxas’ point about feeling falsely superior in our own era really struck home to me, and reminded me of how important it is to learn from those who have lived faithfully before we were born: “we need to delve into the past to know that we have not progressed to any point of perfection and objectivity, and in examining the lives of these seven women, we are doing just that” (xx). ... Read MoreView Less