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50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith

, 2014
ISBN: 9781441226860



Throughout history, countless women have boldly stepped out in faith and courage, leaving their indelible mark on those around them and on the kingdom of God. In lively prose Michelle DeRusha tells their stories, bringing into focus 50 incredible heroines of the faith. From Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Ávila, and Anne Hutchinson to Susanna Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Corrie ten Boom, these admirable women live again under DeRusha’s expert pen. These engaging narratives are a potent reminder to us that we are not alone, the battles we face today are not new, and God is always with us in the midst of the struggle.

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For more on influential Christians throughout history, check out 50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith

  • Engages with Christianity’s most influential women
  • Unites biography with practical application
  • Includes 50 different biographies
  • Hildegard of Bingen: “Say and Write What You See and Hear” (1098–1179)
  • Saint Birgitta (Bridget) of Sweden: God’s Emissary (1303–1373)
  • Julian of Norwich: “And All Shall Be Well” (c. 1342– c. 1416)
  • Catherine of Siena: A Holy Resolution of the Heart (1347–1380)
  • Margery Kempe: Medieval Memoirist (c. 1373–c. 1438)
  • Katharina Luther: The Deeper Story (1499–1550)
  • Teresa of Ávila: Afire with a Great Love for God (1515–1582)
  • Anne Askew: More than a Martyr (1521–1546)
  • Anne Hutchinson: the Perseverance of a Puritan Preacher (1591–1643)
  • Anne Bradstreet: Colonial Kindred Spirit (1612–1672)
  • Margaret Fell: “I Shall Stand for God and Truth” (1614–1702)
  • Susanna Wesley: More than the Mother of Methodism (1669–1742)
  • Hannah More: Setting the Stage for Sunday School (1745–1833)
  • Phillis Wheatley: ’Twas Mercy (1753–1784)
  • Elizabeth Fry: Quaker Prison Reformer (1780–1845)
  • Jarena Lee: The Power to Speak (1783–?)
  • Ann Hasseltine Judson: Bringing the Knowledge of Truth to Burma (1789–1826)
  • Mary Lyon: A Thousand Streams (1797–1849)
  • Sojourner Truth: Declaring the Truth to the People (1797–1883)
  • Phoebe Palmer: Trials to Triumphs (1807–1874)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe: She Wrote for Freedom, She Wrote for Hope (1811–1896)
  • Florence Nightingale: Called to the Crimea and Beyond (1820–1910)
  • Harriet Tubman: “I Was Free; They Should Be Free” (1820–1913)
  • Antoinette Brown Blackwell: “Why Should I Not Pray?” (1825–1921)
  • Josephine Butler: A Passionate Advocate for Prostitutes (1828–1906)
  • Catherine Booth: Mother of the Army (1829–1890)
  • Hannah Whitall Smith: God Is Enough (1832–1911)
  • Clara Swain: Healing Bodies, Ministering to Souls (1834–1910)
  • Amanda Berry Smith: Preaching in the Face of Racism (1837–1915)
  • Lottie Moon: The Unlikely Missionary (1840–1912)
  • Fanny Crosby: My Story, My Song (1840–1915)
  • Pandita Ramabai: A Stream of Living Water (1858–1922)
  • Amy Carmichael: Thee Winning of Souls (1867–1951)
  • Ida Scudder: God Knocked and She Answered (1870–1960)
  • Thérèse of Lisieux: The Little Way (1873–1897)
  • Mary McLeod Bethune: Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve (1875–1955)
  • Faye Edgerton: Good News for the Navajo (1889–1968)
  • Edith Stein: A Sacrifice for Her People (1891–1942)
  • Corrie ten Boom: Under His Wings You Shall Trust (1892–1983)
  • Dorothy Sayers: A Reluctant Prophet (1893–1957)
  • Dorothy Day: Love Your Neighbor (1897–1980)
  • Gladys Aylward: The Small Woman Who Did God’s Great Work (1902–1970)
  • Simone Weil: The Uncompromising Christian (1909–1934)
  • Mother Teresa: A Pencil in God’s Hand (1910–1997)
  • Mahalia Jackson: Queen of Gospel (1911–1972)
  • Edith Schaeffer: A Wonderful Paradox (1914–2013)
  • Fannie Lou Hamer: A Political Activist Who Lived by Love (1917–1977)
  • Madeleine L’Engle: Writing toward the Why (1918–2007)
  • Ruth Bell Graham: Keep Looking Forward (1920–2007)
  • Flannery O’Connor: The Observer (1925–1964)
This book is rich in inspiration and information. Reading it opened my eyes, broadened my vision, and challenged my faith. I highly recommend it to both men and women!

Warren W. Wiersbe, author and former pastor, the Moody Church, Chicago

We are, indeed, surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. In the pages of this book, Michelle DeRusha skillfully introduces us to extraordinary women who lived boldly and bravely and who planted their feet solidly on faith. Often their unwavering belief resulted in excommunication, mistreatment, torture, or even death. In the face of some of the same questions, temptations, and doubts we encounter today, these women were pioneers. Their stories give the church of today—men and women alike—a courageous and brave example of living faith and of living out faith, the evidence of things unseen.

—Deidra Riggs, managing editor, The High Calling; founder, Jumping Tandem

This beautiful book is an invitation to a journey—a journey that moves from kitchens to slums to plantations . . . and always straight to the heart of God. Pick up this book and let your very soul brush up against the fringes of the hearts of our sisters, whose stories span centuries of our collective faith. In this thoroughly researched and well-written work, Michelle DeRusha invites us into the lives of fifty women whose stories are our stories. This book inspired me, challenged me, and made me feel so proud to be a woman who belongs to Jesus.

—Jennifer Dukes Lee, author, Love Idol

  • Title: 50 Women Every Christian Should Know
  • Author: Michelle DeRusha
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Print Publication Date: 2014
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 377
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Christian women › Biography
  • ISBN: 9781441226860
  • Resource ID: LLS:9781441220622
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-04-26T17:51:35Z

Michelle DeRusha is the author of 50 Women Every Christian Should Know, Spiritual Misfit, and Katharina and Martin Luther, which is a finalist in the Memoir/Biography category for the 2018 Christian Book Awards. She publishes a monthly column on religion and spirituality for the Lincoln Journal Star and writes about faith in the everyday on her blog, She lives with her husband and their two boys in Lincoln, Nebraska.


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  1. John W. Worley, Ph.D., Author
    Very powerful and inspiring! Just proves God only needs a willing servant.