The Top 100 Women of the Christian Faith, who they are and what they mean to you today by Jewell Johnson

The Top 100 Women of the Christian Faith


who they are and what they mean to you today
 

by
Jewell Johnson

The Introduction to The Top 100 Women of the Christian Faith gives us a reason for reading this book: “One message that will come to you as you read is that God has given each of us gifts. These vary and are unique, so there is no need to be discontent with yours or envy another woman’s gift. And this world desperately needs our gifts. …But the main truth these women’s lives impart to us is to be faithful---to our families, churches, nation, and God.”

I have a problem with the title of this book: Who The Top 100 Women of the Christian Faith are is a subjective matter. Certainly the women covered in this book have something to teach us regarding living out our faith; yet, God alone knows who deserves the title of “Top.” But, I do find these biographical sketches to be worthwhile reading. I do not regret buying the book, especially at its sale price. I would have added one name that was missing and left out one obscure woman who was included, but even her sketch had something to think about in making our own choices. Rather than saying who my subjective choice would have been, I will leave it up to the readers to consider their own choices.

I suspect God’s choices for the top 100 women will be surprising when he is passing out the rewards. I suspect women like the widow who gave all she had out of love for God will be up there somewhere, along with others who serve God faithfully without recognition.

The author Jewell Johnson has included women of various denominations and from throughout the centuries since the resurrection of Christ. Her list includes women who supported their husbands’ ministries, such as Ruth Bell Graham and Katharina Luther. Her list also included women who preached such as Katherine Kuhlman and Phoebe Palmer. Others are writers, homemakers, martyrs, hymn writers and workers for social change.

The value to me in reading this list of women and their biographies is being reminded of the many ways women have made a difference in this world through the centuries. They were courageous and served God as they were able and had the opportunity. Whether they were “True Christians” or deserve to be in The Top 100 is not my responsibility to judge, but I am richer for their efforts on behalf of Christ, and I am glad Jewell Johnson collected this list and wrote these sketches for our information and encouragement.

 

 
Book Review
By Scarlett Stough
Title: The Top 100 Women of the Christian Faith, who they are and what they mean to you today
Author: Jewell Johnson
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. copyright 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60260-440-7