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When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up is the story of eight women called to serve God and who, in doing so, changed the world. They lived at the turn of the century, rubbing shoulders with the well-known men of their time, like John Rockefeller, Marshall Field, and Dwight Lyman Moody. These women—Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up is the story of eight women called to serve God and who, in doing so, changed the world. They lived at the turn of the century, rubbing shoulders with the well-known men of their time, like John Rockefeller, Marshall Field, and Dwight Lyman Moody. These women—Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith—were unique. They were single and married, black and white, wealthy and poor, beautiful and plain, mothers and childless. Yet, each felt called to make a difference and to do something—to meet a pressing need in her world. These women wanted to live lives less ordinary. Their stories inspire us to follow God’s calling in our own lives. They teach us that each individual person can make a difference. These eight women will show you how God can use your life to change the world.


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When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up is the story of eight women called to serve God and who, in doing so, changed the world. They lived at the turn of the century, rubbing shoulders with the well-known men of their time, like John Rockefeller, Marshall Field, and Dwight Lyman Moody. These women—Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up is the story of eight women called to serve God and who, in doing so, changed the world. They lived at the turn of the century, rubbing shoulders with the well-known men of their time, like John Rockefeller, Marshall Field, and Dwight Lyman Moody. These women—Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith—were unique. They were single and married, black and white, wealthy and poor, beautiful and plain, mothers and childless. Yet, each felt called to make a difference and to do something—to meet a pressing need in her world. These women wanted to live lives less ordinary. Their stories inspire us to follow God’s calling in our own lives. They teach us that each individual person can make a difference. These eight women will show you how God can use your life to change the world.

30 review for When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Hoernig

    My intent when beginning to read WHEN OTHERS SHUDDERED was to read a chapter a morning during my time with God. Oh so many mornings I simply couldn't help but read on to the next chapter. I've read many Biographies in the past for a Christian Book award given annually and this would have gotten my highest recommendation. I was inspired by each of the women portrayed. What struck me was how their flaws, or the circumstances of their lives seemed to disqualify them from service, yet they persevere My intent when beginning to read WHEN OTHERS SHUDDERED was to read a chapter a morning during my time with God. Oh so many mornings I simply couldn't help but read on to the next chapter. I've read many Biographies in the past for a Christian Book award given annually and this would have gotten my highest recommendation. I was inspired by each of the women portrayed. What struck me was how their flaws, or the circumstances of their lives seemed to disqualify them from service, yet they persevered in obedience to God. What an inspiration! Commitment and obedience.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am grateful for the introduction to these extraordinary women. I am happy to pass this book along to my 11 year old daughter; may she be inspired by what a love for the Gospel compelled these women to do, and how God continues to use their ministries.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rayleigh

    The Synopsis: “Travel back in time to turn-of-the-century America. Skirts trailed the floor, hats were a must, and corsets were commonplace. People traveled by horse and carriage, locomotive, or ship. The first skyscrapers were built. The World’s Fair arrived in Chicago. Life was swiftly changing in the United States, but for most, it was also difficult. Men and women flooded cities in a desperate search for work. Former slaves fled north seeking freedom and education. Crime began to rise as bro The Synopsis: “Travel back in time to turn-of-the-century America. Skirts trailed the floor, hats were a must, and corsets were commonplace. People traveled by horse and carriage, locomotive, or ship. The first skyscrapers were built. The World’s Fair arrived in Chicago. Life was swiftly changing in the United States, but for most, it was also difficult. Men and women flooded cities in a desperate search for work. Former slaves fled north seeking freedom and education. Crime began to rise as brothels and saloons became commonplace in American cities. It was in this world that Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith lived and worked and served. They were ordinary women called to serve God. They followed His leading, risking their own safety and reputation. In doing so, they changed the world forever. The stories of these eight historic, faithful women will change your life as well as you see what God can do through the willing hearts of ordinary women.” My Review: This book was great! It was written very well and I love the way it is laid out. It is not like a biography that just talks about facts or what that person did, it is written in a fiction sort of way, telling the story of each woman. The book is also little, so you are not intimidated by endless words of nonfiction (I am a fiction gal, so if I pick up a nonfiction book, it either never gets finished or it is very small….) Each woman has three chapters to herself, starting with their childhood, then progressing into the rest of their life. There are quotes from each woman filled throughout the book, as well as favorite scriptures, and accomplishments. I really enjoyed reading about these women and I encourage you to pick up a copy! It makes for a great history substitute! “I received this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Pulgine

    Eight women – bold, tenacious, persistent, and driven. Each unique, yet similar in their passion to serve God and people. The kind of women that many desire to be. When Others Shuddered is a compilation of their individual stories and their impactful lives. Jamie Janosz, a wife, mother, writer, and professor of communications at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, delves back to the turn-of-the-century. Back to a time when it was believed that women made better homemakers than humanitarians. Not the Eight women – bold, tenacious, persistent, and driven. Each unique, yet similar in their passion to serve God and people. The kind of women that many desire to be. When Others Shuddered is a compilation of their individual stories and their impactful lives. Jamie Janosz, a wife, mother, writer, and professor of communications at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, delves back to the turn-of-the-century. Back to a time when it was believed that women made better homemakers than humanitarians. Not these women! Get to know Fanny, Emma, Nettie, Sarah, Amanda, Virginia, Evangeline, and Mary! Why? Because they were “gutsy women who acted an awful lot like Jesus!” When life got tough they were tireless. When their ministries floundered they were fierce. When they suffered poverty they persisted. They believed. No obstacle was too big for them, and God always showed up. Christian or not, When Others Shuddered will speak to any woman’s heart because these servants gave of themselves much like today's woman. They gave of their lives to “serve a sinful and broken world.” They gave all they had and “refused to give up.” I love this book because it calls me to higher service and greater persistence. I cherish it, because it reminds me of God’s faithfulness. I recommend it, because it is about ordinary women leading extraordinary lives. The kind of life I long to live.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    You will immediately be drawn in to these women's incredible stories of determination to make a difference. Whether or not you believe God was the source of their strength, you will be inspired. If you do believe, you'll be inspired in your own faith and by what God can do through you. Jamie's research is evident as she weaves fact into storytelling. Also obvious is her deep respect for these humble women who were also extraordinary world changers. This is a book that you will at points be compe You will immediately be drawn in to these women's incredible stories of determination to make a difference. Whether or not you believe God was the source of their strength, you will be inspired. If you do believe, you'll be inspired in your own faith and by what God can do through you. Jamie's research is evident as she weaves fact into storytelling. Also obvious is her deep respect for these humble women who were also extraordinary world changers. This is a book that you will at points be compelled to read aloud to whomever sits beside you, then to your children and friends!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Ann

    I read this book for our book club this month and absolutely loved it!! This tells the stories of 8 women in Chicago in the late 1800s-early 1900s and really made a difference for many people. These are 8 short easy to read biographies that may leave you wanting to read more about them! It was also interesting to read the history of early Chicago, Moody, the Chicago fire and the World's Fair. These were women who went against what was expected of them to make a difference in the world. I hope th I read this book for our book club this month and absolutely loved it!! This tells the stories of 8 women in Chicago in the late 1800s-early 1900s and really made a difference for many people. These are 8 short easy to read biographies that may leave you wanting to read more about them! It was also interesting to read the history of early Chicago, Moody, the Chicago fire and the World's Fair. These were women who went against what was expected of them to make a difference in the world. I hope this author does another book like this!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dana Kamstra

    This book was quite a bit different from what I was expecting. I was interested in reading about the women in this book. There were only a couple of names that I recognized, like Fanny Crosby for example, and I could hardly tell you anything about her beyond the fact that she wrote hymns. Jamie Janosz blends between creative narration and writing out the facts about these women. Sometimes her approach comes across as a bit more of a story, and I really wish she would have stuck with that style a This book was quite a bit different from what I was expecting. I was interested in reading about the women in this book. There were only a couple of names that I recognized, like Fanny Crosby for example, and I could hardly tell you anything about her beyond the fact that she wrote hymns. Jamie Janosz blends between creative narration and writing out the facts about these women. Sometimes her approach comes across as a bit more of a story, and I really wish she would have stuck with that style a bit more than what she did. I was drawn in and more engaged with this novel when that happened. But often, she would take the reader to more of a bird’s eye view of these women’s lives, and summarizing them. The layout was quite well done. Each woman had three chapters telling about her life. Most of the chapters spanned from birth or young child and ended with when she died. In between, Janosz wrote about her accomplishments and hardships, as well as some of the relationships, marital, friendships, or professional, each woman formed in her life. After every couple of women, there would be a short chapter discussing the affairs most prevalent to women of the time, things like education or suffrage. At just under 200 pages, this book was a pretty quick read. The way it is broken up also makes it easy to put down and pick right back up. There are discussion questions in the back of the book that would help a small group utilize this book for a study. **I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review**

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    "Unsung and unknown women have the greatest share in pushing on God's work among the lost" (89). I, for one, am thankful that Jamie Janosz has done the work of researching each of these notable women and is now singing their praises. This was an inspiring and encouraging first book of the year. Each of these eight women had a particular vision for where their talents and passion could meet the great needs of the world. Each of them was convinced that the word of God and prayer could accomplish m "Unsung and unknown women have the greatest share in pushing on God's work among the lost" (89). I, for one, am thankful that Jamie Janosz has done the work of researching each of these notable women and is now singing their praises. This was an inspiring and encouraging first book of the year. Each of these eight women had a particular vision for where their talents and passion could meet the great needs of the world. Each of them was convinced that the word of God and prayer could accomplish mighty things and they sought out the poorest, the rowdiest, the farthest, the least of these in order to share with them the riches of God's word. I was inspired by the sincerity of their convictions and their sacrifices. Rather than a how to or self help book, I was glad to read a book of stories that inspired me to find a way to serve the least of these. And now I've got eight new female role models to share with my daughters as well. (Is it weird that for some reason I got hung up on the fact that the title never truly seemed to fit. Where are these "others" who "shuddered"? These women were determined, sure, but the title kept bugging me. That said, the catchy title and quirky cover design were appealing enough to make me buy the book... And I don't regret that!)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andie Roeder Moody

    Just finished this lovely little book by my professor/mentor/friend Jamie Janosz. For women of ambition, strength, and faith, it's a comforting and challenging look at like-minded women who went before us. For those interested in the history of Chicago or Moody, it's a fascinating collection of stories about a few key players. She researched this well, and the gorgeous illustrations are also by my friend Jonathan Critcher! I highly recommend it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Nelson

    This book leaves you asking what influence do I have that can make a difference in others lives and spreading the Gospel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol Van Der Woude

    I posted a review on my blog: www.carolvanderwoudern.com I posted a review on my blog: www.carolvanderwoudern.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book was recommended to me by Aunt Joan. It's amazing how much one single person can accomplish (with the help of God). It's amazing how much one person can change the world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz contains eight short biographies of women who lived between 1820 and 1955 who influenced their world for God. They came from different walks of life: some single, some married, some wealthy, some former slaves. They were ordinary women except, as the title indicates, they didn’t “shudder,” they didn’t turn away from circumstances or tasks that many of us would have, and thus they can inspire us. They are: Fanny Crosby, Emma When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz contains eight short biographies of women who lived between 1820 and 1955 who influenced their world for God. They came from different walks of life: some single, some married, some wealthy, some former slaves. They were ordinary women except, as the title indicates, they didn’t “shudder,” they didn’t turn away from circumstances or tasks that many of us would have, and thus they can inspire us. They are: Fanny Crosby, Emma Dryer, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clark, Amanda Smith, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Mary Mcleod Bethune. Along with more detail about the life and faith of these women, there are three chapters on “Woman and Education,” “Women in Missions,” and “Women in Politics,” detailing a bit of the history of the times in each of those areas. A final chapter wraps up “Being That Kind of Woman,” discussing some of the key features they had in common. None had a trouble-free life: some dealt with poverty, health issues, marital problems, deaths of children, opposition. None were faultless or flawless. But each sought to follow God in the way that He led them and relied on Him for what they needed to do so. Most of them had some connection with D. L. Moody and/or the Moody Bible Institute. That’s because the author is a professor at Moody and her initial research into Emma Dryer’s life led her to a study of all these women. If you like biographies, you will probably like this book. If you don’t like biographies but feel you might be able to take them in smaller doses, this book is worth a try. If you like hearing how God has worked in people’s lives and get inspired by them in your own – which is why I like biographies – you will glean a lot from this book. My full review is here: https://barbarah.wordpress.com/2017/0...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    When Others Shuddered was a really enjoyable read. Janosz makes these 8 women's lives come alive in a way that conveys plenty of history without the writing becoming too heavy. I also, wasn't aware when I started this book that all these women would be interlinked with each other and with D.L Moody. At first, I was little bummed about it, but as I kept reading it really inspired me to see how God networked his children to work together. Each of these women was somehow connected but at the same t When Others Shuddered was a really enjoyable read. Janosz makes these 8 women's lives come alive in a way that conveys plenty of history without the writing becoming too heavy. I also, wasn't aware when I started this book that all these women would be interlinked with each other and with D.L Moody. At first, I was little bummed about it, but as I kept reading it really inspired me to see how God networked his children to work together. Each of these women was somehow connected but at the same time pursued God's personal call for their lives. It's like each woman was a drop of paint and on their own, they were beautiful colors, but when seen together it turned to be a masterpiece of art. Another thing I really loved was that I have never heard of any of these women before. It was like discovering these hidden gems in our past. And I am astonished for how much they accomplished in a time when women were told to stay home and raise the kids. It did make me sad about the marriages that had problems, and for so many children to die. I can't imagine how much harder life was back then. I received this book for free for my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tomi Alger

    This book is about women who felt the call of God on their lives and then lived to spread God's love and minister to others. Women include Fanny Crosby, Emma Dryer, Nettie McCormick,, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Amanda Smith, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Mary McLeod Bethume. As the author pointed out: they endured hardships, served with faithfulness, bravely faced opposition, ignored societal rules, and found their value in Christ alone. It is an interesting and valuable read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Green

    Good but not Great I liked the fact hat the author tackled a subject that his often over-looked but I would have liked to have seen more discernment on the women who were chosen to write about. Not all of them were Scriptural in their work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    I read this as part of the UMW Reading Program. Women who were strong in times when it was difficult to be strong. These are women who members of United Methodist Women strive to be like. Easy to read and understand.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara Mccarthy

    Great book. Very inspirational.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Beeman

    Very inspiring.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    United Methodist Women’s reading book club choice. Interesting read,

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Davis

    Loved learning the history and these amazing women! The book felt very academic in it's "story telling"

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mariejkt

    "When Others Shuddered, Eight Women Who Refused To Give Up" By Jamie Janosz is a good book about eight women who stayed strong and worked hard for Jesus Christ. The eight women that Jamie Janosz writes about are Fanny Crosby, "Emma" Dryer, "Nettie" McCormick, Sarah Clarke, Amanda Smith, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Mary Bethune. All of these women were born and lived in the 1800's up until the early 1930's. Fanny Crosby was the only one I knew who she was before this book. This book re "When Others Shuddered, Eight Women Who Refused To Give Up" By Jamie Janosz is a good book about eight women who stayed strong and worked hard for Jesus Christ. The eight women that Jamie Janosz writes about are Fanny Crosby, "Emma" Dryer, "Nettie" McCormick, Sarah Clarke, Amanda Smith, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Mary Bethune. All of these women were born and lived in the 1800's up until the early 1930's. Fanny Crosby was the only one I knew who she was before this book. This book really gets me into wanting to learn even more about each of these women. Each was a powerful woman that lived for Christ in her time and went against the norms or what was expected of them. Also most of them had a connection to D.L. Moody. Fanny Crosby was a famous hymn writer that was blinded since childhood, we still sing a lot of her hymns today. "Emma" Dryer whose dream was to build a Bible School and with emphasis to also educate women biblically which she thought would help them at home and in society. "Nettie" McCormick was a very rich woman who used her wealth to help others specifically schools, also with her friend "Emma" Dryer they helped/encouraged D.L. Moody to start his Bible Institute. Sarah Clarke was a women who with her husband ran a mission and one of the men they preached the gospel to became a famous preacher his name was Billy Sunday. Amanda Smith was an African American woman who was born into slavery, ends up traveling all over the world helping others learn about Jesus Christ. Virginia Asher witnessed to women that most people especially at that time nobody would look twice at, the prostitutes and even bar patrons. Evangeline Booth the daughter of the founders of the Salvation Army rose through the ranks to Commander and was know for helping others including those affected by the 1916 San Francisco. Mary Bethune was an African American woman who stood up in the face of racism in her era (1875-1955). All these women had in common was their love for the Lord and wanted to help others. This was a powerful book and thanks to it I want to learn more about each of these woman. I highly recommend it as a good book to learn about known and unknown women missionaries. I was given this book from Moody Publishers for my honest review and was not required to give a positive review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Victoria W.

    Growing up I loved all my classes in History, English, and what we called Social Studies. Their one unifying link being stories. I loved learning about the people and faces from the near and distant past and was often within reach of yet another book delving into some brand new tale. I also quickly realized that within the Christian curriculum I used, there was a great gap in women holding central positions in these stories. Since this was pre-internet days (actually to be honest that house is st Growing up I loved all my classes in History, English, and what we called Social Studies. Their one unifying link being stories. I loved learning about the people and faces from the near and distant past and was often within reach of yet another book delving into some brand new tale. I also quickly realized that within the Christian curriculum I used, there was a great gap in women holding central positions in these stories. Since this was pre-internet days (actually to be honest that house is still in a slow zone for internet thanks to funky geography) the days of hopping online to make up the deficit were far away. This is why Jamie Janoz's When Others Shuddered is so important. Here readers are introduced to multiple strong women who worked alongside the men of whom we've heard so many stories but were active, passionate, and strong in their own ways and made their own impacts on their communities and the church. This book is an odd combination of recorded facts and comments and fictional recreations of the narratives these women's lives wove. This just serves to make the book more engaging and, in fact, I can easily see Janoz's book adding some much needed balance and life into a homeschooling curriculum. The women are easy to engage with throughout the pages. Some came from poverty while others were of wealth. Some women remained single, others married, some become mothers, others dove into their work. Each woman faced challenges, heartbreak, and set backs before moving forward once again. Although these women accomplished great works in their faith Janoz was careful to include what they triumphed against and kept these women as just that - living breathing women who are relatable role models, something our girls need. I also appreciated the readability of this book. Although I am, admittedly, a nerd. I can easily picture women of all ages finding themselves lost within these pages. The text is easy enough for pre-teens or late elementary students but even as a mom myself I found myself lost in these stories of life, They are addictive. Overall, this is a solid little book and a great launching pad into discovering other lesser known women of faith. 4 out 5 stars. I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. The views expressed are entirely my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Howe

    Why I Choose this Book: It's encouraging and inspiring to read about people who have done great things for God and have lived their lives to the fullest. I like to read about their lives so I can "learn their secrets" so to speak and use my life to bring glory to God. What I Thought About this Book: This book reminded me of a compilation of "book reviews" of the eight ladies' lives that were featured. There were about 20-25 pages devoted to each woman and gave a general overview of their lives an Why I Choose this Book: It's encouraging and inspiring to read about people who have done great things for God and have lived their lives to the fullest. I like to read about their lives so I can "learn their secrets" so to speak and use my life to bring glory to God. What I Thought About this Book: This book reminded me of a compilation of "book reviews" of the eight ladies' lives that were featured. There were about 20-25 pages devoted to each woman and gave a general overview of their lives and notable accomplishments. There were a couple of ladies who I found myself wanting to learn more about (Evangeline Booth for instance), and then one or two who I knew a moderate amount about (like Fanny Crosby). Overall I enjoyed reading the book and it made me want to make sure I was living the life that God has for me so at the end of my race I can hear "Well done, good and faithful servant." These ladies accomplished some pretty impressive feats and overcame many of the barriers of their time. They worked through personally difficulties and triumphed even when things were difficult. It is inspiring indeed to think about what all they went through and how they still emerged victorious. Sadly, there were several things about some of these ladies that I don't want to mimic in my own life. There were times when their ministry took away from their families and several had falling apart marriages which made me sad. Obviously no one is perfect, and this was a good warning to live a life that pleases God in all aspects. (Also, just as obviously, this was a very brief overview of the ladies' lives and so I have no clue what full stories are.) Conclusion: The book had a lot of good information, but the writing style wasn't one I particularly enjoyed. Although I didn't see typos, there were times where it was very redundant and didn't feel well edited. That might just because I have editing on my brain right now, though. Rating: I'm giving When Others Shuddered Three Stars (five out of ten). *I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Reading about other people can be enjoyable. It is interesting to see how others experience life. Hearing the stories of others can help us to reflect on our own. Their lives can influence us and encourage us to be better, to be stronger, and to try harder. That is what I thought I would be given when I started out to read this book. When Others Shuddered by Jamie Janosz was not what I was expecting. I had been looking forward to a book that would help me get to know more women of faith; to learn Reading about other people can be enjoyable. It is interesting to see how others experience life. Hearing the stories of others can help us to reflect on our own. Their lives can influence us and encourage us to be better, to be stronger, and to try harder. That is what I thought I would be given when I started out to read this book. When Others Shuddered by Jamie Janosz was not what I was expecting. I had been looking forward to a book that would help me get to know more women of faith; to learn about their impact on the world. There are far too many examples of men's faith journeys and their influence on the world, but not enough of women. When I saw this book, I was excited that someone had tackled that subject. However, it was not exactly what I expected. This book is about eight women who had a strong faith and were influential. Yet, after each chapter, I had learned nothing new. I still didn't know anything about these women or what their impact had been. The chapters were all fairly brief and only barely skimmed the surface of these women's lives. I was hoping to be drawn into their stories, to get a feel for their lives, and to see how they were influenced. Instead, I felt as if each chapter could have been given one bullet point to sum it up. I was also disappointed to find out that Janosz was going to invent some of the stories for the purpose of making the reader feel more a part of the story. Although her stories are based upon factual accounts, she did take liberty at setting the tone of scenes and conversations. If the cover or the title had made this clear, I would not have decided to read this book. I also felt that the stories of the women were taken away from because the author kept bringing up the role of D.L. Moody in their lives, almost more so it seemed than God. While the book is a quick and easy read, with simple language, it misses its goal in bringing these women and their faith to life for the reader. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review through the Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trinity Rose

    When Others Shuddered Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz is an interesting book. It’s not an entertaining book, but one that tells about the lives of eight different women who didn’t follow the normal things in life for their time period. Each chapter follows the life stories of these ladies, Fanny Crosby, “Emma” Emeline E. Dryer, “Nettie” Nancy (Fowler) McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Amanda Smith, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, Mary McLeod Bethune. They all grew up in the 180 When Others Shuddered Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz is an interesting book. It’s not an entertaining book, but one that tells about the lives of eight different women who didn’t follow the normal things in life for their time period. Each chapter follows the life stories of these ladies, Fanny Crosby, “Emma” Emeline E. Dryer, “Nettie” Nancy (Fowler) McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Amanda Smith, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, Mary McLeod Bethune. They all grew up in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. All of these ladies knew and worked with at times D.L. Moody. Fanny loved to learn even though she couldn’t see. As we know she wrote hundreds of Hymns. Emma helped people after the Chicago fire and got things in order to start a Bible school. Nettie became very rich, but gave so much away and helped so many people. She didn’t let her riches make her any better than the poorest person she helped. Evangeline helped to get the Salvation Army into many countries and put others above herself. All of these women put God and others ahead of themselves. Many of them didn’t even marry because their work and God meant so much more than their own happiness. It’s remarkable what they accomplished for being women in that time period. Really interesting. Recommended reading. Jamie Janosz is a wife, mother, writer, and follower of Jesus Christ. She enjoys "everything old" - and can often be found poking around dusty antique shops in search of treasure. She is a contributing author to Moody Bible Institute's daily devotional, Today in the Word. Jamie and her husband have been married for 21 years and live in the Chicago suburbs with their teenage daughter. Visit her blog at http://jamiejanosz.blogspot.com/ Thank you to Moody Publishers/River North for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julius

    Jamie Janosz's When Women Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up is a fascinating, quick read that explores the biographies of eight Christian women from the turn of that century when "skirts trailed the floor, hats were a must, and corsets were commonplace". These stories have received so little retelling that it's a faithful testament to the lives of those who -- at a time we usually find women "silent" -- had much to say as a testimony to Jesus Christ. The eight women of When Women Shud Jamie Janosz's When Women Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up is a fascinating, quick read that explores the biographies of eight Christian women from the turn of that century when "skirts trailed the floor, hats were a must, and corsets were commonplace". These stories have received so little retelling that it's a faithful testament to the lives of those who -- at a time we usually find women "silent" -- had much to say as a testimony to Jesus Christ. The eight women of When Women Shuddered come from hugely diverse backgrounds with various ranges of abilities, but they all had a strong faith and determination to live a sacrificial life of service as a witness to the God and Father of Jesus Christ. I was particularly excited to see the lives of Fanny Crosby (the hymn writer) and Mary McLeod Bethune (a famous Black abolitionist who was active in early African-American education). But these stories aren't told simply for their historical curiosity. Janosz tells their stories in order to call us -- men and women -- who follow Jesus to live lives that refuse to "shudder in the face of fearful or uncomfortable situations, but who does the right thing and bravely steps forward in faith". When Women Shuddered is an amazing book! __________________ I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review here.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll

    An inspirational book about women who spearheaded women in Christian service as well as the world of politics! Janosz begins prior to the Civil War and chooses little known women in history who should by all rights have their own chapters in history. Many of these women were from the Chicago area while all of them had benefactors or associates in common. Janosz chose white as well as black women to explain the importance of women in the service of God in a time when this country desperately ne An inspirational book about women who spearheaded women in Christian service as well as the world of politics! Janosz begins prior to the Civil War and chooses little known women in history who should by all rights have their own chapters in history. Many of these women were from the Chicago area while all of them had benefactors or associates in common. Janosz chose white as well as black women to explain the importance of women in the service of God in a time when this country desperately needed Him. She even takes the reader to England and introduces us to the first International General of the Salvation Army. There are so many intriguing and interesting facts in this book that it's hard to pick "favorites." Incredibly researched and very well written. This book is highly recommended. I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    All of these stories were set in the 1800s and are based around those who either attended Dwight L. Moody's school or knew/met him. Even though during that time women were even more oppressed (and in some of these women's cases oppressed because of their skin color or handicaps), these ladies overcame hardships by trusting in God to lead them and their ministries. Each story is inspiring and encouraging. My favorites were Fanny Crosby, Amanda Smith, and Sarah Dunn Clarke. Their stories were the All of these stories were set in the 1800s and are based around those who either attended Dwight L. Moody's school or knew/met him. Even though during that time women were even more oppressed (and in some of these women's cases oppressed because of their skin color or handicaps), these ladies overcame hardships by trusting in God to lead them and their ministries. Each story is inspiring and encouraging. My favorites were Fanny Crosby, Amanda Smith, and Sarah Dunn Clarke. Their stories were the most touching. I enjoyed learning about how they reached out to those around them and their deep devotion to Christ. Definitely sweet micro-biographies of each woman.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    This book was actually placed on my book pile by a librarian friend of mine. I thought it was ok, but nothing really special. While the stories were uplifting, they were short and sweet bios. Basically, they were superficial, but to the point. I simply found it to be a quick read, but not much more past that. I will say that there were two women I did find fascinating and will be doing further research on.

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