Sunday, October 4, 2015

Seven Women by Eric Metaxas {A Book Review}

Seven Women (and the secret of their greatness) by Eric Metaxas was recommended to me by my husband after he read Metaxas' book Seven Men and thoroughly enjoyed it. After reading, I must admit, I need to take his advice for books more often. ;-)

The seven women that Metaxas writes about are Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint Maria of Paris, Corrie Ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa. I was intrigued right from the start because the women that I had heard of previously were ones that I was interested in knowing more about and those that I had not heard of sounded like warriors!

 Metaxas really did his research for this book. The details that he shared about each woman's life were incredible. He connected them to their story so well that you almost felt like you were living right alongside of them. In the end of the book, he has an incredible amount of notes and a full index of links. I think that's so important in a historical book.

I did a research project about Rosa Parks when I was in high school and I have always connected with her story on some level. I also used to live in Montgomery so it was fun to read her story and recognize some of the places mentioned, etc. I respect this woman so much and her push to make a change in her world.

I also really enjoyed reading about Corrie Ten Boom and Susanna Wesley. Corrie's family was so instrumental in helping Jews in Holland and Susanna Wesley went through lots of hardships and two of her sons became instrumental in establishing the Methodist church. Of course, Mother Teresa is well known in history as a woman who made welcomed in the sick and dying and took care of them but this book brought up some interesting facts about her life that I had not ever heard. I really enjoyed the section about her.

While I didn't know as much about the remaining three women before reading this book, I enjoyed learning about them. I loved the variety of women that they were. Joan of Arc was a young warrior who was inspired by God while Saint Maria of Paris was a bit out of the ordinary as a "saint".

I think if you are someone who loves history especially historical women would really enjoy this book. 

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