March 2, 2015

When Others Shuddered

This was such a great book.

Eight women who served the Lord in different ways, yet each in meaningful ways. They were not perfect women, as you will read if you decide to pick up this book, but they all had a perfect Savior.

Some were wealthy, some were poor, some gave up everything and others gave what they could.

They all had determination to get things done and accomplished things only God could have through them.

Going into this book I had only heard of Fanny Crosby, a woman born blind who wrote some of the most beloved hymns. One of favorites being 'Blessed Assurance.'

Her story was so encouraging, or I should say Fanny was so encouraging. At the end of her chapter the author shares this story about Fanny:

"One time a Scottish evangelist asked her: 'Miss Crosby, I think it is a great pity that the good Master, when he showered so many gifts upon you, did not give you sight.'

Fanny answered, 'Do you know that if at my birth I had been able to make one petition to my Creator it would have been that I should be made blind.'

The evangelist was startled. 'Why?' he asked.

'Because,' said Fanny, 'when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior."

Fanny died in February of 1915. Oh what a day that must of been for her!

Forever now gazing on her Savior.

The other women mentioned in this book were:

'Emma' Emeline E. Dryer

'Nettie' Nancy (Fowler) Mccornmick

Sarah Dunn Clarke

Amanda Smith

Virginia Asher

Evangeline Booth

Mary McLeod Bethune

*Matthew West singing 'Blessed Assurance' by Fanny Crosby:


  1. Makes me want to read this book!!! I love hearing how flawed women serve our Perfect God!!!

  2. Sounds like an encouraging and inspirational book! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I want to read this! Oh, my list is growing!

  4. I want to read this book! It sounds so wonderful! It's always good to have examples of faith to follow. Thank you!

  5. This sounds like and interesting book.

  6. Great review of this the quote about Fanny Crosby. Many blessings to you!

  7. This looks like a very good and inspiring book. Thanks for sharing it. I am your neighbor at W2W linkup.

  8. Wow, what an amazing quote! Sounds like a good book.

  9. Thanks for the review. This sounds like an interesting book.

  10. Cathy great review, not normally my first choice of type of book but might make an exception with this one.

  11. You're the second person lately I've seen mention this book. It's now on my reading list!

  12. This sounds like a great book and what a wonderful woman Fanny Crosby must have been. Thank you for sharing this review at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  13. Great review! I love the quote from Fanny. What a beautiful outlook she had! Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew.

  14. I loved the story of Fanny. This sounds like a wonderful book to read. Thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays. I hope you will visit regularly.

  15. LOVE this story about Fanny Crosby. Now she's even more of a hero to me. Thanks for sharing & for visiting me at Doorkeeper. Blessings!

  16. It was a really great book and fairly short! It was easy to get through each story. I also forgot to mention that all these women had a connection to D.L. Moody's ministry in Chicago. Which was really interesting.

    Thank you all for stopping by and commenting. Hope you enjoy these stories if you get to the book! : )

  17. I am so glad books like this are being written. I love to share these with my daughters! Thanks for being a part of Booknificent Thursday.


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