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Eight Women of Faith

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With the majority of books about church history centering on the lives and accomplishments of men, it is easy for contemporary Christians to forget the vital role that women have played in the history of Christianity. Drawing from journal entries, personal letters, and other historical documents, historian Michael Haykin reminds Christians of women from previous generation ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 31st 2016 by Crossway Books
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May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not so much about what they did that was so impactful, rather how these ladies were faithful to Christ in challenging times. Learned a few historical things that are helpful to remembering what was going on during these ladies' lifetime.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of short biographies, highlighting women whose lives demonstrated their claim to faith.
Ellie Benson
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What do the likes of Jane Austen, Esther and Sarah Edwards, Lady Jane Grey have in common? The book Eight Women of Faith by Michael A.G. Haykin. It is important. As a Christian woman that loves church history and stories of faith and has a burgeoning love for theology and getting acquainted with our church fathers I often think about the women that stood in the pages of our faith history with resolve and dignity. How many stories of women of faith are there that we will never know but that have ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Perhaps I started reading this book with too high expectations, but when it promised to tell the story of women in a good way I did not expect to be reading so much about facts which are linked the women, but you do not necessarily need to know to get an impression of how they lived their lives. Specifically the comments on their physical appearance and a -way- to long explanation on the lives of authors that have influenced (especially in the part about Ann Judson). Overall it was interesting t ...more
Calvinist Batman
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was short and sweet. It's worth reading especially since we Reformed people forget how God works and has worked through women.

Sidenote: I never knew Jane Austin was a Christian, by her own confession.
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.75 rating.... an enjoyable read about 8 lives of faithful God honoring women. I really liked the variety of their life circumstances.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Eight Women of Faith by Michael A. G. Haykin is a series of essays about different women of faith between 1537 and 1826 and how they ministered to the church in their time. Karen Swallow Prior asserts in her forward to the book that we tend to focus on the one thing that women cannot do and even use that to suppress them in other ways, instead of celebrating and encouraging the many things they can do, and this book is an attempt to highlight a few of the many ways women can be used by God.

Mar 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but it just never brought the women to life for me. The focus was more on evangelical doctrine than the day-to-day strength that faith can bring.
Michele Morin
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Different Kind of Woman

A favorite Elisabeth Elliot quote comes to mind whenever I overhear fragments of the ongoing row about the role of women in the church:

“I am not a different kind of Christian because I am a woman, but I am, most certainly, a different kind of woman because I am a Christian.”
Since ten of the twenty-seven believers commended by Paul for faithfulness in the early church at Rome were women, it is no surprise that women continued to fulfill roles of influence and responsibili
Tori Samar
A readable little series of vignettes about eight Christian women—Jane Grey, Margaret Baxter, Anne Dutton, Sarah Edwards, Anne Steele, Esther Edwards Burr, Ann Judson, and Jane Austen—who lived and left their mark on the world during the 16th to 19th centuries. Although his chapters are short, Haykin is generous in scope, picking women with varying roles and vocations, such as queen, wife, hymn writer, author, and missionary. I'd call this a good place to start if you want a basic overview of wh ...more
Becky B
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short biographies of eight women from the 1500s-1800s who left legacies of Christian faith in their conduct, writings, or writings of others. Each chapter looks at the woman, gives a quick overview of her life, and then looks at primary sources that indicate an area in which she left a great legacy as a Christian woman whether it be as an apologist like Jane Grey or hymn writer like Anne Steele. The women included are: Jane Grey, Margaret Baxter, Anne Dutton, Sarah Edwards, Anne Steele, Esther E ...more
Glenn Crouch
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is quite an interesting little book presenting the stories of 8 women of faith and their affect on History. Included are Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Baxter (wife of Richard Baxter), Anne Dutton (Author), Sarah Edwards (wife of Jonathan Edwards), Anne Steele (Hymn Writer), Esther Edwards Burr (daughter of Jonathan Edwards), Ann Judson (missionary and wife of Adoniram Judson) and Jane Austen (renowned novelist). What makes the stories even more fascinating is that they are throughout the 16th to ...more
Gabriel Jones
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great look into some wonderful godly women of history. Each chapter serves as a mini-biography. I won’t lie, the first chapter was a tearjerker for me, and made me question why the author would put the most compelling chapter at the front of the book. Regardless, the other chapters are good if less emotionally relatable. The author tries to arrange the book around a specific attribute of each woman, but I found that the chapters about Anne Steele, which was supposed to be about her hymn writin ...more
Vanessa Almeida
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Um livro de biografias acerca de mulheres da fé ao longo da História. Este livro faz bem mais do que apenas citá-las e contar as suas vidas, este livro mostra-nos como estas mulheres, embora tenham vivido em épocas tão distantes, têm a mesma fé e as mesmas preocupações bíblicas que as mulheres atuais. No fundo, realmente a Salvação consegue unir-nos a todas como irmãs, que mesmo de realidades tão distintas conseguimos compreender-nos e ver as dores de cada uma.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot and it made me want to read more biographies. I was especially fascinated reading about Margaret Baxter, as there are some parallels between her life and mine. I appreciated how the author wove historical context into each woman's story. The only downside was the author's strong Baptist bias in the chapter on Ann Judson (and since I'm Reformed Presbyterian, I obviously differ with him).
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Haykin's novel was a quick and inspirational read that concisely shows the lives of 8 women. The selection of quotes was well balanced with other material. The historical context comprised about half of each woman's section with the second half being primarily devoted to their faith. While by no means intensive, the book is a quick and easy to read insight into these women's lives.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had so much potential, but just didn't reach the mark for me. Too much focus on Baptist church history, Baptist authors, and Baptist theology. I would have preferred the brief biographies on these eight fascinating Christian women to have been written for a wider audience.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven't studied a lot of history, so I learnt plenty from this book.
I enjoyed the first chapter the most.
I was fascinated by Jane Grey's story. I loved the way she clearly outlined fundamental truths we now take for granted.

Margaret Roberts
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
An inspiring book of 8 women who made a mark in time for God, each using their different gifts and talents to share the Gospel in different ways. A great reminder that there are many ways to teach others about Jesus and to bring Him praise!
Abby Jones
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful set of biographies of christian women serving the church with their gifts. Lady Jane Gray was probably my favorite, and Jane Austin...and Anne Steele. It was nice to read about Esther Edwards Burr again. Excellent for any woman of any age.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The first chapter on Jane Grey was very interesting and gave me high hopes for the rest of the book, but most of the rest of the book was hard to get through.
Natalie Herr
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the women’s stories, but it read like a textbook. Hard for me to really get into.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Well researched. Inspiring prayer written by Jane Austen!
Kristie Saccenti
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Talk about an inspiring read. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that I wish it were longer. Each woman Michael Haykin discussed had such an unwavering, strong faith in the person of Jesus and the work he completed on the cross that set them a part. It wasn't their outside beauty, which some of these women are said to have possessed, or their ability to fall in line and do as they are told or what was culturally appropriate at that time that made them worthy of mention in this ...more
Jeremy Gardiner
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm glad I read this book as it was awesome to learn about some of these women that I didn't know before and learn of their deep faith and impact in the world. However, I wanted it to be better. The storytelling was underwhelming and the author often focused on smaller or less-significant details. A few of them were great though!
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this book about eight women of faith and their contributions to the church. A quick read that is educational and enjoyable, this book would make an excellent family read aloud for children and adults. Of these eight vignettes, I especially enjoyed the story of Esther Edwards Burr and her unique history (the mother of Aaron Burr who infamously shot Alexander Hamilton.) A worthwhile book of which we certainly could use more. I received this book at no cost from Crossway in exchange ...more
Zee Tay
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, christian
it was a interesting read, was shock about some of the things reading it. Like i didn't know Jane Gray lived at bradget manor. It not a book that you would read in one go. It a book that you read in bits and bobs. That why it took me two days to read otherwise for 160 pages it would take me about an hour or less, depending on how I feel.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The chapters on Lady Jane Grey, Ann Judson, and Jane Austen are excellent and make this book well worth your time. (The other five sketches are so-so...not really anything new or profound.)
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this brief book! I wanted it to be longer!
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Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin is the Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality and Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is also the editor of Eusebeia: The Bulletin of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. His present areas of research include 18th-century British Baptist life and thought, as well as Patristic Trinit