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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
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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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Spirit-Empowered Theology by Charles CarrinThank you for your interest in reviewing Spirit-Empowered Theology. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

You’ve encountered the Holy Spirit. The answer to nearly every question you have about your faith may be found in the pages of Scripture–and in the amazing resource you hold in your hands.

In this comprehensive volume, respected pastor Dr. Charles Carrin gives you the basics of Spirit-empowered theology in an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format. This insightful book will help you understand the most pressing questions of life and the power behind your faith. With valuable input provided by distinguished revival leaders John and Carol Arnott, Stephen Chitty, Dr. Randy Clark, Leif Hetland, Bill Johnson, Dr. R. T. Kendall, Michael Peterson and Dr. Jack Taylor, Spirit-Empowered Theology will enable you to articulate what you believe and why you believe it.

“An amazing book. I especially recommend it to those who are beginning their journey into the theological realm of ‘Word and Spirit’ truth. This book belongs in your library.”–DR. RANDY CLARK, founder and overseer, Apostolic Network of Global Awakening

“This book is a treasure trove. I encourage you to read it and receive new levels of power, love and wisdom for a supernatural lifestyle!”–LEIF HETLAND, founder and president, Global Mission Awareness

“Charles Carrin is a prince of preachers, a sound theologian and an absolute lover and practitioner of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This book is a golden resource.”–JOHN AND CAROL ARNOTT, founding pastors, Catch the Fire Ministries; overseers, Partners in Harvest, Toronto, Canada

Charles CarrinCharles Carrin, D.D., has been in ministry more than 65 years. His beliefs and practices denied the supernatural until a crisis in his own life caused him to see what he had missed. He received his education at the University of Georgia and Columbia Theological Seminary. Today his ministry is characterized by displays of the power of God in salvation as well as deliverance and healing. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Chosen Books
  • ISBN:  9780800798178
  • Page Count:  352 Pages

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  • Tour Dates:  July 31 – August 6, 2017
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Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity's Rebirth by Rebecca VanDoodeward

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Reformation Women. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

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.

Table of Contents:

  1. Anna Reinhard
  2. Anna Adlischweiler
  3. Katharina Schutz
  4. Margarethe Blaurer
  5. Marguerite de Navarre
  6. Jeanne d’Albret
  7. Charlotte Arbaleste
  8. Charlotte de Bourbon
  9. Louise de Coligny
  10. Catherine Willoughby
  11. Renee of Ferrara
  12. Olympia Morata

Praise for Reformation Women:

“The modern resurgence of Reformed theology, publishing, and ministry is not just for those with beards. Nor has it ever been, for a healthy Calvinism has always seen women making incredible contributions. With crisp prose showing how biblical femininity resulted in a strength among a dozen Reformed women that was both “tough and ladylike,” Rebecca VanDoodewaard has done all the church—both men and women—a tremendous service in providing this work. She brings the lesser-known ladies from Good’s original Famous Women of the Reformed Church alive for a new generation.”
—Barry York, professor of pastoral theology and dean of faculty, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“When this book arrived on my doorstep, I was anxious to read it. Few accessible works exist on the heroines of the Reformation, so I read these biographies with the desire to learn. But I walked away with more than learning; I was challenged and inspired. I have new heroes of the faith, and so will every Christian who reads this wonderful collection. Thank you, Rebecca Vandoodewaard, for introducing many of us to these saintly women and sharing their testimonies— testimonies that can’t help but encourage every saint to live more for Christ.”
—Jason Helopoulos, associate pastor, University Reformed Church, Lansing, Michigan

Reformation Women is a book of rare quality and interest as Rebecca VanDoodewaard opens up a whole new dimension in the ongoing story of Christ’s church. We learn of the enormous contribution made by twelve women to the progress of the Reformation in the sixteenth century. Here we have women from diverse backgrounds—some of whose names we can hardly pronounce—whom God raised up and used in a remarkable way. You will be humbled and inspired by these pages and long to serve God better in whatever sphere you have been placed.”
—Faith Cook, author of Lady Jane Grey: Nine Day Queen of England and several other Christian biographies and historical books

About the Author: Rebecca VanDoodewaard is a wife, mother, and author of several books.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN: 9781601785329
  • Page Count:  152 Pages

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  • Tour Dates:  July 10-16, 2017
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Pray About Everything by Paul TautgesThank you for your interest in reviewing Pray About Everything. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Believers need to learn to pray about everything, but so many unanswered questions hinder our progress.

  • What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
  • How do I pray for my non-Christian friends?
  • When does the Holy Spirit pray for me?

In this book, a seasoned pastor and counselor answers these questions—and many more—by effectively instructing us with biblical principles, examples, and commands. By doing so, he encourages us to develop a life of prayer. Pastors, elders, and small group leaders will also find this book an indispensable help to cultivating an atmosphere of God-dependency in their local church.

Pray About Everything delivers an urgent call for believers to commit themselves to regular and systematic heartfelt prayer as an essential spiritual discipline for the Christian life.

Praise for Pray About Everything:

…one of my favorite books on prayer…
—Mark Dever, 9Marks Ministries

…a valuable contribution to our theology and practice of prayer.
—Jerry Bridges, best-selling author of The Pursuit of Holiness

Use this book as a springboard to stimulate your own ideas on how you as a pastor or church leader can cultivate prayer in your church.
—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Paul TautgesAbout the Author:  Dr. Paul Tautges serves as senior pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He is husband to Karen, father of ten, and a grandfather. He is the author of many books including Comfort the Grieving, Counseling One Another, and Brass Heavens, and serves as the series editor for the LifeLine Mini-books. Paul blogs regularly at CounselingOneAnother.com.

Book Information:

      • Publisher:  Shepherd Press
      • ISBN:  9781633421141
      • Page Count:  128 Pages

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    • Tour Dates:  June 26 – July 2, 2017
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Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted by Ron CitlauThank you for your interest in reviewing Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Sometimes in our big-picture discussions about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, we lose sight of the person in the middle of the struggle. Whether that struggler is you or someone you care about, there are two fundamental questions that need to be answered: How can someone with same-sex attraction be faithful to Jesus? And how can everyone else support and encourage them in this pursuit?

With clarity and grace, author and pastor Ron Citlau will help you think through every option the Bible offers–and what it does not. Having personally dealt with same-sex attraction, walked with others still struggling, and pastored those with gay loved ones, he encourages readers to think deeply and biblically about heterosexual marriage, singleness, celibacy, and more.

Discover the remarkable gifts God provides to the same-sex-attracted Christian who desires to faithfully follow Jesus. And learn how others can come alongside them with love, encouragement, and grace.

Listen to Ron Citlau’s interview on The Shaun Tabatt Show.

Praise for Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted:

“A must-read for pastors, counselors, lay leaders, and same-sex strugglers! Citlau addresses current popular roadblocks in Christian circles and suggests solid ways toward transformation. He highlights practical ways the body of Christ can aid the struggler in ‘straining forward to what lies ahead . . . the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:13-14).”

Anne Paulk, executive director, Restored Hope Network

“Ron Citlau bravely supplies compassionate, biblical counsel on perhaps the most divisive issue of our day. He challenges same-sex-attracted Christians not to identify with their temptation, and he calls the church to be their community of love, healing, and family. This is an important book for all same-sex-attracted Christians, and for the people who love them.”

Michael Wittmer, professor of systematic theology, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cornerstone University

“I am deeply grateful to my friend Ron for writing this book. He reinforces Gospel hope that has been lost in too many circles, either abandoned for false teaching or set aside as wishful thinking. With selfless honesty and humility, Ron extends the healing Jesus died to make possible.”

Adam T. Barr, author, Compassion Without Compromise; lead pastor, Peace Church

Ron CitlauAbout the Author: Ron Citlau graduated from the University of California, Riverside and Western Theological Seminary. He has served in ministry positions in Southern California and Kansas City. He is the pastor of Calvary Church in Orland Park, Illinois, part of the Reformed Church in America.

Ron struggled with same-sex attraction his whole life and has worked with and walked alongside many others who have struggled with sexual brokenness, as well as equipping pastoral leaders to serve those dealing with sexual sin. He also worked with Andrew Comiskey, producing curriculum on sexual healing now used by Desert Stream Ministries in hundreds of churches throughout the country. When he isn’t working, he loves to be with his wife, Amy, and their four boys: Jack, Sawyer, Eli, and Crosby.

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Book Information:

      • Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
      • ISBN:  9780764218682
      • Page Count:  176 Pages

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    • Tour Dates:  June 19-25, 2017
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