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12 Faithful Women

Portraits of Steadfast Endurance

Melissa B Kruger and Kristen Wetherell



12 Faithful Women

Portraits of Steadfast Endurance

Melissa B Kruger and Kristen Wetherell



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Trials have a way of changing us, for better or worse. They can humble us or harden us. They can make us run to God or away from him. Perhaps your trials have resulted in a closer walk with him, or maybe he seems far away. Often, God strengthens our faith through the witness of courageous Christians who’ve gone before us.

Be encouraged and challenged by these 12 portraits of faithful women who steadfastly endured many trials—including physical pain, persecution, infertility, loneliness, and oppression—and who, in their various sufferings, found Christ to be an all-sufficient Lord and Savior, steadfast, faithful, and true.

Featuring the stories of:

Helen Roseveare,

Esther Ahn Kim,

Sarah Edwards,

Elizabether Elliot,

Corrie Ten Boom,

Phillis Wheatley,

Susannah Spurgeon,

Wen Wei Chieh,

Catherine de Bourbon,

Lilias Trotter,

Hannah More,

Joni Eareckson Tada

Praise for the book:

"Ever since I was a little girl, my heart has been warmed and my faith fueled by biographies of faithful men and women of God. The portraits of godly women found in this collection will do the same for you. In each challenge and trial these women faced, Christ proved himself to be steadfast and sufficient. The courage and compassion they exhibited in their times are no less needed in ours. May their stories inspire us to reflect his majestic gospel and grace to our world."
- Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, founder and Bible teacher of Revive Our Hearts and author of Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together

"If you feel weary or worn, you don’t need a change in circumstance; you need the testimony of God’s faithfulness in the lives of believers who have persevered. 12 Faithful Women points us to our faithful God, and in so doing, encourages our hearts to remain steadfast, right where we are."
- Ruth Chou Simons, founder of and best-selling author of Beholding and Becoming and Foundations

"Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ are adopted into a family—a family that has spanned more than 2,000 years. It falls to each of us to get to know the members of our new family. Through this book, we can get to know and appreciate the unique contributions of 12 faithful women—12 faithful sisters in Christ."
- Tim Challies, blogger at and author of Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History and Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms

"Stories! Stories of women who have served Christ faithfully. Stories of saints who have suffered steadfastly. What a gift, these stories. This book helps light up the great and growing cloud of witnesses."
- Kathleen Nielson, speaker and author of Women and God: Hard Questions, Beautiful Truth

"In 12 Faithful Women, we’re given glimpses of steadfastness in the midst of suffering. The various authors profile the lives of 12 women who show us, through their examples of endurance, how we too can be found faithful. If you want encouragement to walk fearlessly with God, pick up this book and let the lives of these godly women point the way."
- Courtney Doctor, author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story and Steadfast: A Devotional Bible Study on the Book of James

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    12 Faithful Women

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    Melissa B Kruger and Kristen Wetherell

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Melissa B Kruger

Melissa B Kruger

Melissa Kruger is the author of The Envy of Eve, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood and In All Things. She blogs at Wit's End, hosted by The Gospel Coalition. Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary, and they have three children.

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Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is an author, Bible teacher, and former content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She keeps a blog and has also written at The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Revive Our Hearts. She resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

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12 Faithful Women

After hearing one of the editors, Kristen Wetherell, give an interview about this book I was really intrigued to read it. It tells the stories of 12 Christian women as mini biographies. There is something just so interesting and challenging about reading real stories about those who have gone before, and from such a wide reaching selection of women. The stories include immense adversity, great courage, stark loneliness, and lifelong suffering and yet each story points firmly to their faithful trust in God. It was really encouraging to read the stories: some I had briefly heard of before, some I’d read the full biography of, and some I’d never heard of at all! I really liked the way that at the end of each chapter there was a series of questions about what lessons we could learn from their lives, and that was really helpful to me as it meant I didn’t just skip right onto the next story, but thought about how my life, and faith, could be shaped by those lessons. I would definitely recommend this book, and as a result of reading it I have a few complete biographies that I now really want to read! Wen Wei Chieh, Lilias Trotter and Hannah More being amongst them!

Bethan Lycett

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