“Courageous World Changers: 50 True Stories of Daring Women of God” – doesn’t this title capture your attention and stir your curiosity? Who were these women, and what did they do for God? Although this beautiful volume – written by Shirley Raye Redmond and illustrated by Katya Longhi – is marketed as a children’s title by Harvest House Publishers, I really enjoyed reading it too! If you enjoy inspiring biographies about women of faith, I’m certain you will love it as much as I did.
Each of the 50 women featured in this book have a one-page biography and a winsome illustration depicting a scene from their life. Although the biographies are short and simply written (they are targeted at an audience of 8-11 year-olds) they still contain interesting insights into the lives of each woman, showcasing how her faith in God did, indeed, change the world in ways both big and small. The time periods that these women lived ranges greatly, from Catherine of Siena (Patron Saint of Europe) who was born in 1347, up to several women who are still alive today, such as Bethany Hamilton and Joni Eareckson Tada.
In our house, where we don’t have children in the recommended age range, we are using it as a coffee table book. . . We simply sit down and read a biography or two at a time, always learning something new, being encouraged in our faith, and enjoying the beautifully rendered illustration. I think this would also be a wonderful tool for homeschooling families, as these little biographies would be excellent for outlining and rewriting paragraphs, writing essays about women they admire, and so much more. The opportunities for using this book as a teaching resource are truly endless!
I highly recommend “Courageous World Changers” to almost anyone – not just children, and not just women. The biographies of these amazing daughters of faith are certain to inspire us all, and when compiled in a beautifully illustrated book such as this one, it becomes a treasure that I am proud to own and share.
This book was provided courtesy of Harvest House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.