Reformation Women Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  August 6, 2017
Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity's Rebirth Book Cover Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity's Rebirth
Rebecca VanDoodewaard
Reformation Heritage Books
April 25, 2017

Women are an essential element in church history. Just as Deborah, Esther, and the New Testament Marys helped shape Bible history, so the women of the Reformed church have helped to make its history great. In Reformation Women, Rebecca Vandoodewaard introduces readers to twelve sixteenth-century women who are not as well known today as contemporaries like Katie Luther and Lady Jane Grey. Providing an example to Christians today of strong service to Christ and His church, these influential, godly women were devoted to Reformation truth, in many cases provided support for their husbands, practiced hospitality, and stewarded their intellectual abilities. Their strength and bravery will inspire you, and your understanding of church history will become richer as you learn how God used them to further the Reformation through their work and influence.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity’s Rebirth by Rebecca VanDoodewaard (Reformation Heritage Books, 2017).

“I would wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the history of the Protestant Reformation –especially those who desire to learn more about the very important role that women played in its success. This book is perfect for a part of a homeschooling history curriculum and would be a timely addition given the important anniversary which is just around the corner.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“…overall the book was very enjoyable and I would encourage others to pick it up especially women, those with daughters, and pastors who most likely have more women than men in their congregation.”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 4 Stars

“After taking a “Women in Church History” course in college, I have loved learning about the powerful women who have helped Christianity to spread throughout the ages. Sometimes it was them going into a scary country on their own. Other times it was a wife supporting her leader of a husband. Reformation Women is a welcomed addition to my collection of books on Women in Church history. What a powerful reminder of what God can do with a heart surrendered to Him.”
Reviewer: Cindy Cook
Rating: 5 Stars

“Not only is Reformation Women a wonderful read for you, it’s entirely appropriate for your middle and high school students. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Danika Cooley
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found Reformation Women to be a personally encouraging, and intellectually satisfying book. More than that, I think it is a necessary book. The ongoing and diverse conversations regarding what makes a “biblical woman” need the historic grounding that this sort of book provides. I hope Rebecca, or another author, also offers us similar biographies of women from other times and places in church history.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book as a way, not to just learn about the history of these faithful women, but to apply their faithfulness to our own lives.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 5 Stars

“Wives, mothers, godly followers of Christ, these women of the Reformation saw fit to live out their faith amidst a culture that was increasingly hostile to the new reforms of Protestants. You will not be disappointed as you read about these faithful followers of Christ.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend, Reformation women, to any Pastor looking for historical illustrations as well as to every father to tell read these accounts to their daughters to aid in their spiritual growth, as well as to all women to give them a role model to inspire to . This is a book you do not want to miss out on.”
Reviewer: Dan Doll
Rating: 5 Stars

“While there are many books being published on the Protestant Reformation this one stands out in bringing to attention women whose accomplishments and service though great are largely forgotten in church history. If you’re looking to get a better understanding of the contribution women made to the Protestant Reformation this should be one of the first books you pick up.”
Reviewer: Steve Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

Reformation Women provides brief but informative accounts from the lives of twelve women. Additionally, the appendices supply timelines and family trees for simplicity of understanding.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 5 Stars

“I give this book an A+. I highly recommend it for anyone that enjoys biographies, church history, or women’s studies. It would also make an excellent addition to any homeschooling studying the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Morgan Farr
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone. This book is not just for women. This book is not just for lovers of history. This book is not just for Reformation gurus. Though the book will certainly appeal to those groups, the truths learned and modeled in this book extend much further — into each and every one of our lives as Christ followers. I found myself encouraged, humbled, convicted, and instructed through the godly lives and examples of these unknown women of the Reformation. I believe that the same will be true for you.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“VanDoodewaard’s study helps to fill the gap which exists at a popular level regarding the role of women in the Reformation. Her study is helpful and engaging and I found each chapter to be better than the last (the chapters on the Frenchwomen Jeanne d’ Albret & Luise de Coligny were particularly riveting). Hopefully this book will help to provide the church today (and perhaps especially the daughters of the church) with models of feminine faithfulness.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“Throughout this book, I found myself longing for more details and jotting down questions for further study. Mrs. VanDoodewaard successfully whetted my appetite for further study, indeed. I would love to know more about how these women balanced their many responsibilities, educated their children, managed their homes, etc., and because her sources are well-documented in footnotes, I know just where to turn for additional information!”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 5 Stars

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to encourage my girls to read it. This makes me want to read more of this period of church history, and I hope it has the same effect on others. I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Robert Hayton
Rating: 5 Stars

“Just as Foxe’s “Book of Martyrs” is important in the lives of believers, so are the stories of these women who stood up to the tyranny of the Roman Catholic Church and gave their lives to serve God. VanDoodewaard’s collection of stories will inspire and challenge you in your Christian walk.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciated this book because it was well-written, easy to follow, and very interesting. The introduction and conclusion are very helpful in that they give reasons why it’s important to learn about women of the Reformation and lists several things we can learn from them. I’ll be recommending this book when people ask if I have any ideas for a women’s book club at church. But this book isn’t just for women! It’s for anyone who wants to learn about Reformation history and be edified and encouraged in the faith at the same time.”
Reviewer: Shane Lems
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you are interested in learning more about the Reformation, I would encourage you to read Reformation Women. While we women may drawn to the stories of our sisters, this isn’t just for us. This book gives a bigger picture of how God used both men and women during this turning point in church history.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 4 Stars

“Many of the books that discuss the Reformation focus on men’s involvement in the Reformation, so it is excellent that VanDoodewaard has written a book to show how women made waves in the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Haley Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“What was perhaps most impactful was how these women did not let circumstances get in the way of always encouraging the church and pushing forward.”
Reviewer: Michelle Newman
Rating: 5 Stars

“I look forward to having my wife and daughter read it so that they can get to know some of these women from church history who can encourage us in our faith today.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Some biographies are dry and hard to digest but this book was not like that. It will keep you desiring to read all about each life included. It will spur your faith and encourage it. It is worth the time.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“The conclusion of the book was especially strong, as it eloquently discussed lessons that we can learn from the women’s lives. The most powerful lessons included the importance of deriving one’s identity and mission from one’s faith rather than one’s role, how people have different gifts and should diligently use them where they are, and how people should have a cause beyond themselves.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“These women are simply some of the most amazing women who have ever been a part of the church. We need to know these women.”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“Thank you Rebecca, for taking the time to write this gem. It is something that will stay in my bookshelf for the years to come.”
Reviewer: Krista Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“The stories of such women are, as the author says, “an essential element in church history” (ix). While all made unique contributions, the women are an example of faithfulness to the Lord, His Word, and His church. Reformation Women by Rebecca VanDooewaard will introduce you to women of the Word who fought for the truth of the Word and can give us the courage to fight for that same truth today!”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book would make a nice read for any adult and would be a nice addition to any homeschool family library. ”
Reviewer: Deon Vannostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“I read this book with my wife and we both enjoyed learning about these unique women and their contribution to the Protestant Reformation. They truly were amazing women, and they serve as proof that extraordinary faithfulness to God is a better legacy than a recognizable name. I’m thankful that Rebecca VanDoodewaard could reintroduce these women to modern audiences. They are truly exceptional, and both my wife and I were encouraged by their faith. I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“What I find especially helpful about a book such as this is the reminder that Christianity has never been the domain of men alone. Faithful women, married and serving alongside their husbands or single and serving wherever they can, have been part and parcel of the faith from the very beginning. We do a great disservice to the cause of Christ by forgetting such facts. This volume should be an inspiration and encouragement to men AND women of the faith.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

“…there is much to gain from reading Reformation Women, both for historical enrichment and spiritual encouragement.”
Reviewer: John Wiley
Rating: 4 Stars

“I appreciate how the author never elevates nor demeans women who worked alongside their husbands and children on the home front. Though often in obscurity, yet their works, as a light set on a hill, could not be hidden, and we are blessed and encouraged to follow in their footsteps with honor and dignity even if we never leave the sphere of our homes. Yet, those who are active in the workforce or in positions of leadership will also gain many insights into how to portray the love of Christ where they serve with those qualities unique to believing women. I would especially encourage high school aged women to read this book as they are seeking to discern God’s plan for their lives, and it would make an excellent graduation gift.”
Reviewer: Marcia Wilwerding
Rating: 5 Stars

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