Featured Reviews, VOLUME 7

Michelle DeRusha -50 Women Every Christian Should Know [Review]

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It’s obvious that DeRusha worked carefully to choose women from diverse settings and situations. I was surprised to see that most of the women were connected to America in one way or another. I wonder if there would be other women we could add to this list who have served faithfully in other areas like Asia, Africa or South America.

 

It’s interesting to know that DeRusha didn’t set out to write this book. In fact, when the publishing company requested it of her, hoping for it to be a good follow-up to Warren Wiersbe’s, 50 People Every Christian Should Know, she was ambivalent about it. However, as she began to learn about each of these ladies, she quickly realized how incredibly pertinent they are to us in the 21st century. DeRusha beautifully reveals this relevance to her reader.

 

Each chapter takes about 10 minutes to read, making it a great book for reading around the dinner table or right before bed. These are stories that need to be shared with our families, in our small groups, and in our Sunday school classrooms.  Men and women today need to hear stories of women courageously defying cultural expectations because God gave them deep, burning passions.

 

My hope is that Michelle DeRusha’s book will inspire a generation of both men and women to begin telling the stories of these amazing women, and many more, who have lived out their faith in incredibly faithful and courageous ways.
 






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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


2 Comments

  1. This is so good! The review and the book! Michelle did an amazing job. I’m so glad God chose her for this assignment!

  2. I always find it interesting that Catherine Marshall and her writing impact of the
    20th century is ignored by almost everyone