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Overview Piper shares seven biographies of Christian women whom God used to do extraordinary things, with the aim of helping readers to gain wisdom from their examples. Excerpts from letters and journals add rich detail to each amazing story. (Motivation)
These are the stories of five ordinary women-Sarah Edwards, Lilias Trotter, Gladys Aylward, Esther Ahn Kim, and Helen Roseveare-who trusted in their extraordinary God as he led them to do great things for his kingdom. Noel Piper holds up their lives and deeds as examples of what it means to be truly faithful. Learning about these women will challenge readers to make a difference for Christ in their families, in the church, and throughout the world.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1581346735 ISBN13 9781581346732
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More About No Piper
NoEl Piper (BA, Wheaton College) and her husband, John, ministered at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota for over 30 years. She is the author of Treasuring God in Our Traditions and Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God.
Debby Anderson (MA, Texas A&M University) is a first-grade teacher and children's book author and illustrator. She and her husband, Gordon, have served with InFaith for over thirty-five years. Debby has written and illustrated more than twenty-five books.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God?
Excellent book and easy read. Oct 16, 2008
I have enjoyed reading this book. We are reading it as part of a Bible study so I've had to stop myself from flying through it. It is very interesting and very inspirational for all women.
With God All Things Are Possible Oct 1, 2007
Noel Piper has done a beautiful job in compiling powerful, stunning, and humbling testimonies of a minister's wife, an artist, a parlor-maid, a music teacher and a medical doctor, spanning from colonial New England to World War II Korea, of whom, in my view, fall in the category of what the epistle to the Hebrews' Hall of Faith describes as "the world was not worthy," as they literally "wandered in deserts, mountains, caves and holes in the ground; destitute, persecuted and mistreated." I consider reading them a joyful and humbling privilege, whose unforgettably happy effects linger in my heart; to learn the accounts of holy courage of Esther Kim in the midst of a modern-day Nebuchadnezar-like regime, of the divine provision of hot water bottle for a dying baby and a dolly for her older sister under the ministry of Dr. Roseveare, of Gladys Aylwald leading 100 Chinese children, "each carrying his or her own blanket and bowl and chopsticks" crossing the Yellow River of China, of a beautiful friendship and perseverance in a true genuine Christian service; particularly to underprivileged women in Algeria, of Lilias Trotter and Blance Haworth; and last but not least, of Sarah Edwards, a living example of a Titus 2 woman. Reading them does three things to me. First, the life and ministry of these ladies point to the Lord Jesus Christ; the only cause worth living and dying for in this world. Secondly, it exposes my lukewarmness, worldliness, slothfulness, cowardice, hypocrisy and extreme lack of zeal for the gospel. And thirdly, it causes me to stop and think through the questions Noel poses at the end of Lilias Trotter's chapter, mainly, "What are true hindrances to following a call to some sort of ministry?" and "What are the required qualifications for following God's call?" I thought the following quote by Ahn Ei Sook, a.k.a., Esther Kim might express a common spirit among these women, and serves as some sort of rebuke to me personally, "I always felt strengthened when I talked with mother about God and his love. I began to think that life might be worth living in this time of persecution. It might even be a truer picture of the believer to agonize, to suffer to be hated, and tortured, and even to be killed in obeying God's words rather than to live an ordinary, uneventful life." Every Christian who longs for fuel of grace to kindle their flame of passion to sell all for Christ needs to get a copy of this text.
A great resource Sep 12, 2007
I must admit that I've been hesitant to read this book. Not because I have anything against biography - I'm beginning to enjoy them more and more, especially at the urging of several people whose opinions I really trust. Not because I have anything against missionaries or Godly women. I am the first and am trusting God to produce in me the second. Not because I have anything against the Pipers. Exactly. My hesitation was something completely unrelated to the subject matter or specifically to the author herself: I was afraid that this was a marketing ploy. I've seen it before - an author writes a book that sells well, so the publisher gets the author's spouse to write a corresponding or even totally new book for the opposite sex. You know, "John Piper is so popular that we should get his wife to write a book because women will just eat. it. up." Well, let me tell you, I saw straight through it. No, sir, I would not be manipulated.
My hesitation led me to miss out for too long on a great book which is valuable at least three reasons:
Mrs. Piper chose wonderful women to profile. Only Sarah Edwards is really "intimidating," and I suspect that's just because her husband was Jonathan Edwards. The others are real enough that it's easy to imagine yourself in their shoes, responding (or rather, reacting) to a difficult situation the same way they did. It's that very approachability that helps you find your own hope in their hope, repentance in their repentance, joy in their joy. For instance, in the profile of Helen Roseveare, Mrs. Piper notes that at least twice she is rebuked for a wrong attitude toward circumstances or the people to whom she was called. I've seen that in myself, so Mrs. Piper's recounting of Helen's humility in accepting the rebuke and repenting was a great encouragement and example to me. Though it's most likely that no one will ever examine our lives to write biographies about us, FAITHFUL WOMEN AND THEIR EXTRAORDINARY GOD is a very effective tool to help us live our lives for the glory of God.
This is also a great place to start because the profiles are just that: profiles. They're not in-depth (though they're detailed). They don't take forever to read, which makes this a nice book to read in a week. You could maybe read one chapter each night before bed. It goes quickly so you feel like you've accomplished something, but you've spent your time profitably and learned something valuable along the way. And who knows - you may be left wanting more! Mrs. Piper's footnotes are complete and a great resource for reading more about any or all of these faithful women of God.
The last major reason I love FAITHFUL WOMEN AND THEIR EXTRAORDINARY GOD is because Mrs. Piper doesn't satisfy herself with just telling us about someone else's life:
"As with any biography, we'd be wasting our time if we were satisfied just to nose around in their lives for interesting tidbits. So I have prayed that this story would turn our eyes and affections toward biblical truth, that we would be edified and encouraged."(pp. 36-37)
Each profile concludes with Mrs. Piper's own thoughts about the lessons she learned from reading about these saints. I love that she directs our thoughts to those things which are most important - God and His Word.
FAITHFUL WOMEN AND THEIR EXTRAORDINARY GOD is a wonderful book to start with for beginning biography readers, a quick way to get a handle on the major details of some of history's shining examples of God's kind of women, and is a lesson in itself on living life God's way, and the eternal rewards of seeking first His kingdom.
Lessons from Faithful Women Jan 9, 2007
How encouraging to read about "real" women who have gone before us - their "real" lives - hard at most times - yet, they were faithful where they were to walk with God and obey Him. I need this for my life today. As a mother, housewife - Sarah Edwards is incredible; Helen Roseveare, a "career" woman in a sense, yet totally aware of God in her life and what that relationship can bring. Walk through hard days with her and you will "see" the "realness" of a relationship with God.
God's Care is Real. Jan 4, 2007
Inspiring me & reminding me of God's presence in lives that the world would deem as "weak" to participate in what He is already doing because He can. This book will definitely encourage your walk of faith and redirect your focus for eternity.