Seven Women

And the Secret of Their Greatness
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 7 hrs
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In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to the enormously successful Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas gives us seven captivating portraits of some of history's greatest women, all of whom changed the course of history by following God's call upon their lives - as women.

Each of these world-changing figures - Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks - is an exemplary model of true womanhood. The teenaged Joan of Arc followed God's call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr's death. Susanna Wesley had 19 children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks' deep sense of justice and unshakeable dignity and faith helped launch the 20th-century's greatest social movement.

Writing in his trademark conversational and engaging style, Eric Metaxas reveals how the other extraordinary women in this book achieved their greatness, inspiring listeners to live lives shaped by the truth of the Gospel.

©2015 Eric Metaxas (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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A Different Kind of Inspiring

While 7 Men revealed the stories behind men I already knew and the values they exemplify, 7 Women has told the stories of some less well known women and values less celebrated in our culture. Compared with modern feminism, in which the masculine form of boldness is urged on women, this was very refreshing. In fact, I found myself moved to tears multiple times by the level of compassion and trust in God which led to the bravery in the more well known Rosa Parks and Mother Theresa.

Definitely a good read for anyone regardless of gender, only be ready to be challenged by these women.

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A lesson in how to be great

This books delves deep into the history of some women we know, and several women we should know. The books preamble is a bit off putting as it challenge the concept of feminist, but once you get past that, it's a good read

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Seven Mini Biographies

The book contains a brief biography of seven women. The author looked at their lives and attempted to determine what it was that made them great. He wanted to look at women who were unique in what they accomplished regardless of gender. Metaxas examines the following women: Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, and Saint Maria of Paris (a Greek Orthodox saint), Corrieten Boom, Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa. I had only heard of four of these women prior to reading this book.

Eric Metaxas is a writer of religious books. His book “Amazing Grace, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About God” was on the New York Times top ten best sellers list. He also writes children’s books. Therefore each of the seven women has a religious component for his reason for choosing to write about them.

The book is well written. The author has an easy relaxed way of writing. The material is well researched. Metaxas did a good job in taking the large amount of information and creating a concise easy readable mini biography of each woman. Tom Parks narrated the book. This was my first encounter with both the author and the narrator.


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Inspirational

I was inspired by each woman who used the ordinary talents that she had been given to make an eternal impact on her society. A definite must-read for every woman who feels that she may be the servant who received one mundane talent.

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I want to share with everyone!

I was so Inspired by the lives of these women that I want to share this book with everyone I know.

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Good read to know about great women

These women and their stories are great. I just didn't rate the book higher as I thought the pace of the book could be a little faster.

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Great story with an odd performance.

This book was interesting and inspiring. I enjoyed getting to know more about the wonderful women who were featured. For the purpose of this book the women's biographies that were shared were much more condensed and high level than a book dedicated to each one. I was however still able to feel like I got insight into how these ladies thought and part of the reason why which is what I love about biographies.

The reason I knocked off a star was because of the reading performance. It was just odd! The reader's "s" sound was ALWAYS soft which made "Jesus" sound weird. He also made his voice high pitched whenever he read an excerpt from a letter.... Regardless if it was a woman or man. I will say that he made the sounds of the many non-English words of towns and names sound good and the ones that were English were accurate as far as aI remember. Overall the performance was done well but something about the tone of the reader was odd and slightly irritating.

I will recommend this book to some of my friends but I will give print copies instead of an Audible.

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Finally true Heroic women

I was so sick of these feminist stories about these women who do men work and get awarded for it .
this is finally above the tells about the femininity of women and how she can be great in her femininity.
It asks why are great women judge by men standards. Talk about a man’s world the feminist had it backwards. We can be great by being women not by trying to be a man

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Does it again

Eric M does it again. He provides tremendous insight into lives we needs to know about while doing so in a way hat is deeply engaging. Thank you.

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Meh

I wanted to love this, but I felt that I could have found the information on each woman on Wikipedia. The narrator was blah (and a man). I got tired of the author's not so thinly veiled political opinions. These women deserved a better book.

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  • 11-21-17

An excellent account of remarkable women.

The role of some of the women in this book has largely gone unnoticed, yet their example to us should never be forgotten. I recommend this book.