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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. 5 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

    Jamie Janosz

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  4. 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.”

  5. 5 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Eastep

    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!

  7. 5 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!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia M Thompson

    Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith was the names of the women presented in this book. Each story was inspiring to all Christian women. How did they meet the challenges that God had set for them is an amazing feat. I found the lives of these women extremely inspiring.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    What an inspiring book!! So glad I read it. I'd love to read it again. I pray that I can make my own unique path of faithfulness and serving the Lord in my lifetime. Quotes from the book: This book focuses on women who lived from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. This was a time of significant change in the US. Women wanted to do more, to serve in more daring ways, to have a noble purpose, to achieve things for God that reached beyond the sphere of their home. (p. 13) A walk with each women throu What an inspiring book!! So glad I read it. I'd love to read it again. I pray that I can make my own unique path of faithfulness and serving the Lord in my lifetime. Quotes from the book: This book focuses on women who lived from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. This was a time of significant change in the US. Women wanted to do more, to serve in more daring ways, to have a noble purpose, to achieve things for God that reached beyond the sphere of their home. (p. 13) A walk with each women through her struggles and triumphs. (p. 14) Fanny Crosby 1820-1915 The Crosbys came from Puritan stock - with a solid Christian faith and a strong, serious work ethic. She became blind when she was just 6 weeks old. She developed a cold and a traveling "doctor" prescribed a hot mustard poultice and it left her eyes burned and she was blind (p. 18) Fanny happily accepted her blindness and believed it led her to do great things in her life. She was a happy and sunny girl. She continued to be spirited and positive in her final years. "I have been careful of cultivating a sunny disposition...I made up my mind years ago that I would never become a disagreeable old woman." She refused to let her blindness, or the trials of life result in a negative perspective. "Suffering is no argument for God's displeasure but a part of the fiber of our lives." (p. 33) Her life had echoed the Scriptures, as she saw God's will most clearly when her own abilities had failed. 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." (p. 40) "Emma" Emeline Dryer 1835-1925 She prayed to God asking for His guidance in her life. She asked friends of hers to pray with her that she might understand God's will for her life. They all wrote back and said "yes" she should remain in Christian work. Her dream was to create a training school for young men and women to be trained for Christian service in the church, Sunday s"nchools & missions and to serve families everywhere. (p. 46) "Nettie" Nancy Fowler McCormick 1835-1923 Cyrus and Nettie never believed their own personal happiness was the primary goal of life. They wanted to honor God and serve others. What would they do with the abundance that God had given them? (p. 63) Tremendous riches and devastating loss...It was October 1871 & the Chicago fire had gone through the city leaving 1000s homeless. The McCormick family home and factory were destroyed. The McCormick's were extremely wealthy but also abundantly wealthy. Nettie loved the idea that they were investing their temporary riches in the eternal value of God's word. (p. 64-65) Nettie was often alone as her husband traveled for work. She struggled with loneliness. Also, as a woman of important standing in society, everything she said and did was noticed and critiqued. Despite her personal troubles, Nettie continued to trust in God. One friend said, "she had the most marvelous spiritual life. She had a personal God whom she wrestled with in prayer and supplication and whom she served all day long." (p. 65-67) Cyrus died a wealthy and world-renowned man, but also a man of deep and unwavering commitment to God. His last words were, "It's alright. I only want heaven." While Cyrus went to heaven, Nettie would face many more years without him on earth. She had a business to run, a family to attend and a great deal of money to give away. (p. 68) The Wealthiest Woman in Chicago - "Yes, money is power," said Nettie, "but I have always tried not to trust in it, but rather use it for the glory of my Master." (p. 69) Although the McCormicks did have lavish homes, Nettie always put charity ahead of personal desire. One time, she looked around her home and said, "We do need new curtains, but I would rather spend it for a school." (p. 73) When Nettie died in 1923, she was 88, her estate was valued at $15 million, which would be over $200 million today. She had given to over 446 institutions over her lifetime. Yet, she was not remembered as much for her material wealth, but for her warmth, gracious spirit & generous personality. She cared about each person and took a vivid interest in the work of Christ, knowing that her treasure, truly, was in heaven. (p. 74) Sarah Dunn Clarke 1835-1918 One day, they found that they did not have enough money to pay the rent. They were unable to delay payment, so George and Sarah stayed up the entire night praying to God to send them the rent money. The work of the mission was going to well and demand for care so pressing, that the Clarkes could not imagine shutting their doors, even for one night. They prayed for help and asked God to allow them to continue to trust in Him. The next day, a miracle happened. When the Clarkes awoke, they found that the entire yard of their home was covered with mushrooms. These were not ordinary mushrooms, but the best quality type and far ahead of season. They gathered them and sold them to a hotel. The payment was more than enough to pay the needed rent, with some left to spare. Sarah wrote about it, "No mushrooms were ever seen there before - and not any since." (p. 83) Amanda Smith 1837-1915 Amanda's husband was killed in the Civil War. She was a young widow. Even in those difficult years, she continued to feel a strong sense of God's presence. Her life was simple and she worked long hours, yet she wrote. "I found out it wasn't necessary to be a nun or to be isolated to have communion with Jesus; but, though your hands are employed in doing your daily business; it is no bar to the soul's communion with Jesus. Many times over my wash tub and ironing table, and while making my bed and sweeping my house and washing my dishes I have had some of the richest blessings." (p. 95) At each turn, God met her financial and personal needs - never far in advance or in abundance - but just enough to meet that moment's needs. (p. 99) Philippians 4:19 "My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." God would supply her needs - all of them - her financial worries and personal worries should be set aside since she was the daughter of the King. (p. 101) In Africa, the people's educational, spiritual and physical needs overwhelmed her. She wished her supporters in America could with her and see what she was seeing. She never asked for money - she had never operated that way - but would only make her requests be known to God. Weeks went by without any funds arriving. She would open envelopes with letters, but no money. She continued to pray. Two weeks later, she started receiving envelopes with money. God showed her that when she depended fully on Him, that He would provide. (p. 103) Evangeline Booth 1865-1950 "It is not how many years that we live, but rather what we do with them." (p. 158) Two little children walked up to Eva and said, "How do you do?" and she replied, "How do YOU do?" The little girl said, "Are you the lady that is always doing something for somebody?" Eva was touched by this b/c that had exactly described the Salvation Army's work. (p. 160) She wrote: "What is religion?" It's a life in harmony with the will of God. It permeates everything it is of no value unless it molds and governs every circumstance of life." (p. 161) Mary McLeod Bethune 1875-1955 Each night she would pray to God that she could be educated & most of all, be delivered from the crabgrass. (p. 168) Whatever Mary did, she did it with excellence and a positive spirit. (p. 170) After completing her one year study at Moody and filling out the application for missionary service, she received stunning news. They had no openings for Negro women in Africa. As she had done so often before, she turned to God in prayer. "Whenever the Lord says no to me," said Mary, "I look into my heart and search my motives. For it is only the selfless me that God can use. At Moody, I saw that part of my wanting to go to Africa was a desire for travel. So I gave it up." (p. 171) She wanted her home to be a place of inspiration for others - the demonstration of how dreams can become reality. Mary wrote: "When I wake up in the morning and look around, see my glass windows, I see my Bible on the table, see the rug on my floor, my bathroom, my bathtub, I have a thanksgiving in my heart for what God has done for me." (p. 182) Conclusion - Being that Kind of Woman We need to be that kind of woman. We need to be women who do not "shudder" in the face of fearful or uncomfortable situations, but who do the right thing and bravely step forward in faith. These women teach us that being a woman of faith is not always easy, but it is always rewarding. Each of us has an individual path to follow - no two look the same. What they have in common: 1) experienced hardship, 2) served with faithfulness, 3) bravely faced opposition, 4) ignored societal rules, 5) found their value in Christ alone (p. 183-186)

  10. 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**

  11. 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!)

  12. 5 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! 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 5 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

  15. 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. 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.

  16. 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...

  17. 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.

  18. 5 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. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Aug. 2020: 3⭐️ It was really cool to read about these women and the work they did to fight injustice and share God's love and glory. However, the writing in this book wasn't particularly good — it read like some of my middle school essays at times and it couldn't really keep me engaged for very long. Also, the way the author, who is white, described and characterized the experiences of the two Black women in this book did not sit well with me at times. Aug. 2020: 3⭐️ It was really cool to read about these women and the work they did to fight injustice and share God's love and glory. However, the writing in this book wasn't particularly good — it read like some of my middle school essays at times and it couldn't really keep me engaged for very long. Also, the way the author, who is white, described and characterized the experiences of the two Black women in this book did not sit well with me at times.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara Mccarthy

    Great book. Very inspirational.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Beeman

    Very inspiring.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joy

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

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Davis

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

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Hassig

    I loved this book! I read it through th UMW Reading Program at church. And am now planning on buying the e-book so I can have my own copy. I highly recommend this.

  27. 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.

  28. 4 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.

  29. 4 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*

  30. 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.

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