When Others Shuddered; Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz


The Synopsis:

Travel back in time to turn-of-the-century America. Skirts trailed the floor, hats were a must, and corsets were commonplace. People traveled by horse and carriage, locomotive, or ship. The first skyscrapers were built. The World’s Fair arrived in Chicago.

Life was swiftly changing in the United States, but for most, it was also difficult. Men and women flooded cities in a desperate search for work. Former slaves fled north seeking freedom and education. Crime began to rise as brothels and saloons became commonplace in American cities.

It was in this world that Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith lived and worked and served. They were ordinary women called to serve God. They followed His leading, risking their own safety and reputation. In doing so, they changed the world forever.

The stories of these eight historic, faithful women will change your life as well as you see what God can do through the willing hearts of ordinary women.

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


Eight inspiring, true stories about iconic women in history, collected to motivate young women today to stand for what they believe, even when others shudder. 

There are so many role models in our history that we can look to whenever we face something, we need to just visit a library or type in what we’re looking for into the internet. When Others Shuddered, focuses on 8 women and their stories in particular: Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith.

Make note that this is not a boring biography that just talks about facts or what these influential women did, it is actually written in a fiction sort of way. We dive into the individual stories of each woman as if we are watching it play out before us. The book is also short and to the point, so one is not intimidated by endless words of nonfiction.

The lay-out is easy to read, as each woman has three chapters to herself; beginning in their childhoods and then progressing into the rest of their lives. There are quotes from each woman filled throughout the book, as well as favorite scriptures, and of course, their accomplishments.

I really enjoyed reading about these women and I encourage you to pick up a copy if you’re in need of some motivation or inspiration. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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Rayleigh GrayRayleigh is a Freshman in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.