In his new book, 7 Women, Eric Metaxas provides the reader with short biographical sketches of seven significant women in history. Each story is a compelling and inspiring look at the life of one of these amazing women: Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint Maria of Paris, Corrie Ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Theresa. Metaxas gives a well-researched look at the historical elements of these women, and highlights some of the ways in which they exhibited and furthered the Kingdom of Heaven.
Metaxas is a brilliant biographer. He has a beautiful ability to blend the facts of a person’s life with applicable Biblical truths that aid the reader in understanding the worldview that sat in the heart of the person. His telling of the stories of Joan of Arc and Saint Maria were especially well done. Blending the beauty of two amazing women with the beauty of the Kingdom of God.
In the introduction to the book, Metaxas makes a few general points regarding the treatment of women and the feminism movement. These points are summarized in this statement:
Whether we like it or not, men and women are inextricably intertwined. Because the Bible says that we are made in God’s image—“male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27)—the fortunes of one are so linked to the fortunes of the other that there is no way to lift one without lifting the other and no way to degrade one without degrading the other. — Eric Metaxas in 7 Women (pg. xviii)
And, so, this volume becomes an important addition to anyone’s collection of biographies. The seven women highlighted in this book helped to change the course of history, and furthered the Kingdom of Heaven.
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