In her book, 50 Women Every Christian Should Know, Michelle DeRusha writes brief biographies of women who impacted their societies and cultures. Each profile is five to seven pages long and summarizes these significant women who lived from the Middle Ages to the present day. Highlighting each woman’s life and beliefs within their historical contexts, 50 Women is not a critique of their various theological viewpoints. It is, however, helpful in educating the reader about the lives of influential women who may have been overlooked.
50 Women Every Christian Should Know is useful in filling gaps in Christian history. The biographical and historical information is interesting and informative. The profiles of Katharina Von Bora, Fanny Crosby, Edith Schaeffer, and Flannery O’Conner are especially enjoyable. However, the work lacks depth. Some of the women discussed dabbled in mysticism and entertained theological error. There seems to be an absence of biblical and political discernment throughout. No doubt each woman had an impact on her society, but there is too much ecumenical emphasis. These women deserve to be known, but are not on equal theological footing. Not without historical value, 50 Women should be read with caution in mind.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.