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More filters. Sort order. Jul 04, N. A beautiful, refreshing, sobering, startling and challenging read. This is a book that will make you wonder about the God to whom these women dedicated their lives. Even as a believer, I am inclined all the more to ask "what is it that makes people love Jesus to such extents? Perhaps it is because I myself am in a dry spell, but, O how I long to know!
That's why this is a good book. It leaves me with a hunger to be as these women. A faithful woman with whom the e A beautiful, refreshing, sobering, startling and challenging read. A faithful woman with whom the extraordinary and only true God walks. Dec 03, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: christianbiography-history. I first read this book 6 years ago and just finished reading it with a group of ladies at my church.
I think it was something about reading it with others but I got more from it than I did the last time. Either way it is an excellent book, focusing more on the extraordinary God than the faithful women whom God used in his kingdom. There are five ladies, most of them missionaries, some of them little known. The last chapter on Helen Roseveare who was a missionary to Congo was my favorite. Here's I first read this book 6 years ago and just finished reading it with a group of ladies at my church. Here's one quote "Perhaps the deepest underlying personal factor in Helen's tension was the need she felt to do her very best and, if possible, to be the very best.
God called her to Africa where that was not possible Perhaps that is an issue for some of us-struggling with the reality that God has called us to do less than we want to do or less than what we believe is best.
Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper | Koorong
I wasn't crazy about the chapter on Esther Ahn Kim. I found some of the things hard to swallow and have actually written moody, who wrote her original biography, to try to find out what evidence they have that these things are true. She more or less claims to be a prophet. I think men would enjoy this book as well as women. It's not a long book and is easy reading.
I hope to learn more about these women as the book also points you to other biographies written about them. View 2 comments. Apr 16, Julia Forrester rated it it was amazing Shelves: missions , non-fiction. John Piper talks about the importance of having living and dead Christian heroes of the faith, this book helps you find some of those heroes. It's a fun read, perfect for the end of a busy day :D It's also available in ebook version from Desiring God for free :D. Dec 07, Angelin rated it really liked it. Informative and educational stories.
I appreciated that the author took stories from sometimes very different times and contexts and included a section on what all of us might learn from them. Jun 18, Erin Henry rated it it was ok Shelves: christian. The writing is more like a high school paper. The stories are inspiring though. Jul 09, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Such an encouraging collection of brief biographies! I thoroughly enjoyed it. View 1 comment. Mar 04, Carol rated it liked it. I found this at my local used bookstore, and since I had such success with "7 Woman," I decided to give this short biographical summary collection a try.
All the stories were well-paced and structured, no jumping back and forth between events - nice and chronological, with a few foreshadowing "hints.
Book Review: Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God
She also went to great lengths to keep God as the focus of these women's I found this at my local used bookstore, and since I had such success with "7 Woman," I decided to give this short biographical summary collection a try. She also went to great lengths to keep God as the focus of these women's choices and callings, and sufferings, because all of them experienced some kind of sacrificial suffering, from the hectic family life of Sara Edwards, to the poor health of Lilias Trotter, to the poverty of Gladys Alyward, the imprisonment and torture of Ahn Ei Sook, to the physical exhaustion, and during a military coup, the assault and rape of Helen Roseveare.
Clearly, suffering for the sake of Christ ranges from common to extraordinary, though we usually think of it in terms of outright persecution rather than a weak heart or a large brood of children. Noel also took the time to add a page or two of reflections at the end of each chapter, some of which resonated with me, and some that did not. Honestly, as far as personal reaction goes, I had three visceral responses to three of the five women - Sara Edwards' highly spiritual experiences of joy and euphoria triggered jealousy and disappointment; Gladys Aylward hooked my interest, being reminded that Hollywood made a movie about her life Inn of the Sixth Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman ; and Helen Roseveare seemed almost a carbon copy of me - cerebral, highly successful in school, motivated to win the approval of family and friends, and constantly frustrated at a lack of joy, despite knowledge of the scriptures.
Perhaps in the path and outcome of her life, I can see what it might take for me to finally connect with and focus entirely on who I am in Christ Jesus, not who I am as a sinful creature. I don't feel a strong compulsion to keep this book, so I lent it to my mother-in-law, who adores Christian biographies, and we'll see if it ends up back in my hands. In the meantime, I may borrow a couple full biographies from the library, such as Gladys' or Ahn's or Helen's.
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Aug 12, Elsye Fm rated it it was amazing. Reading this book gave me that spark of hope back. God is using these five women swimming in deep waters. It started with perplexing matter concerning the future. Then it dawned that shallow waters were a place where you can neither sink nor swim, but in deep waters it is one or the other: 'waters to swim in' - not to float in.
Swimming is the intense, most strenuous form of motion - all of you is involved in it - and every inch of you is in abandonment of rest upon the water that bears you up.
Apr 20, Sonja Warner rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-of. This book of short biographies of 5 Christian women who served God was an inspiring and convicting read. I wonder how much greater my own faith might be if I were willing to step out and risk a bit more.
I would highly recommend this book! Oct 09, Meggie rated it liked it. I enjoyed receiving an introduction to these incredible women and how they sought to serve God. This was the best and most inspiring part of the book. Mar 19, Jenni rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this book. It was so encouraging to me to here the stories of faithful women. How God used their faithfulness and faith in God to do great things for God.
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They were willing to do what God called them to do in and the Holy Spirit gave them the power. Mar 19, Hanna Lee rated it liked it. For some reason this was not an easy read. Anyway, the content itself was interesting but I think it was perhaps just not my type of book.
The book certainly got better as it went on, maybe because the last ladies it spoke of were of more recent history. Jun 22, Jlnpeacock Peacock rated it liked it.