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On My Bookshelf: When Others Shuddered

 About the Author & Book

Jamie Janosz is a wife, mother, writer, and content development manager for Moody Global Ministries. She studied theology and writing at Moody Bible Institute, Columbia College, and Illinois State University. Jamie writes monthly devotionals for Today in the Word and has published non-fiction essays with Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog. In her off hours, you will most likely find her poking through antique shops, adding to her collections of old books, mid-century furniture, and vintage purses. Jamie and her husband, Milt, have been married 23 years. They live with their daughter, Sabrina, on the Atlantic coast of Florida.

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.


My Review – When Others Shuddered

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 from Moody Publishers for my honest review.

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