When Others Shuddered
By Jamie Janosz
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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up is the story of eight women called to serve God and who, in doing so, changed the world. They lived at the turn of the century, rubbing shoulders with the well-known men of their time, like John Rockefeller, Marshall Field, and Dwight Lyman Moody.
These women—Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith—were unique. They were single and married, black and white, wealthy and poor, beautiful and plain, mothers and childless. Yet, each felt called to make a difference and to do something—to meet a pressing need in her world.
These women wanted to live lives less ordinary. Their stories inspire us to follow God’s calling in our own lives. They teach us that each individual person can make a difference. These eight women will show you how God can use your life to change the world.
Why I Choose this Book:
It’s encouraging and inspiring to read about people who have done great things for God and have lived their lives to the fullest. I like to read about their lives so I can “learn their secrets” so to speak and use my life to bring glory to God.
What I Thought About this Book:
This book reminded me of a compilation of “book reviews” of the eight ladies’ lives that were featured. There were about 20-25 pages devoted to each woman and gave a general overview of their lives and notable accomplishments.
There were a couple of ladies who I found myself wanting to learn more about (Evangeline Booth for instance), and then one or two who I knew a moderate amount about (like Fanny Crosby). Overall I enjoyed reading the book and it made me want to make sure I was living the life that God has for me so at the end of my race I can hear “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
These ladies accomplished some pretty impressive feats and overcame many of the barriers of their time. They worked through personally difficulties and triumphed even when things were difficult. It is inspiring indeed to think about what all they went through and how they still emerged victorious.
Sadly, there were several things about some of these ladies that I don’t want to mimic in my own life. There were times when their ministry took away from their families and several had falling apart marriages which made me sad. Obviously no one is perfect, and this was a good warning to live a life that pleases God in all aspects. (Also, just as obviously, this was a very brief overview of the ladies’ lives and so I have no clue what full stories are.)
The book had a lot of good information, but the writing style wasn’t one I particularly enjoyed. Although I didn’t see typos, there were times where it was very redundant and didn’t feel well edited. That might just because I have editing on my brain right now, though.
I’m giving When Others Shuddered Three Stars (five out of ten).
*I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review*