Would you be interested in the history of 50 history changing women? Women of character, fortitude and great faith? Would you learn about these women who shaped and changed the lives of others?
Sacred Friendships: Celebrating the Legacy of Women Heroes of the Faith by Robert W. Kellemen, PH.D and Susan M. Ellis is the place to begin. Thoroughly researched and presented with admiration, you'll find great inspiration here.
As a Bible Study leader, I was amazed at the large list of influential, but often unnoticed, women of great faith. As a woman, I identified with many of the struggles these women faced both as a result of the culture of their day and their own inner conflict.
Reading of these women's statements from their diaries, journals and other writings as well as statements made about them by their contemporaries, I was challenged and made aware of these "great cloud of witnesses."
These are the daughters, mothers, wives, and friends of some of those whose names you certainly would remember. Names such as Spurgeon, Edwards, and Wesley — all great men of faith. But the reader also discovers many women whose names and stories you might not encounter unless discovered in reference to another.
In this book, these unnoticed women of history are profiled with a focus on the spiritual direction their lives revealed.
It is sage advice that a woman was created to inspire and influence others. As you read the stories of these women, you will find this is the common thread among them. They inspired, comforted and encouraged. They also suffered, remained steadfast, and revealed admirable personality traits as they each pursued their walk with God.
Profiles include Vibia Perpetua, Susannah Wesley, Terea of Avila, and Betsie Ten Boom. Quite a large list follows, too many to list here. This is a reference book for any women's ministry leader. I recommend this book highly and have donated my reference copy to my church library.