This book challenges expectations and assumptions – growing and stretching the reader’s notions of history, the church, and legacies left behind.
As promised in the introduction, this work is definitely no sugar-coated look at an interesting collection of women from the church’s history. At the same time however, the author is neither condemning nor gossipy in her overview of each individual. This is a great example of a straightforward, honest look deeper beneath the surface of each woman, while still emphasizing Christ’s redemption as the central focus.
This book is best used as a study text – definitely not a one-sitting read. With the questions at the end of each chapter, and the extensive bibliography included that the reader can use to find companion texts for deeper context, I would highly recommend this book for any Bible study group!
I am absolutely going to have to read through this fantastic work several times again to get deeper, and see what I missed.
I received a review copy of this work from the Publisher through NetGalley