In Trouble and In Joy
Four Women Who Lived for God
From the acclaimed author of the best-selling biography My Heart in His Hands, now a new book containing portraits of four godly women:
– Margaret Baxter (wife of Richard)
– Sarah Edwards
– Francis Ridley Havergal
– Anne Steele
Author Sharon James has a gift for writing biography that inspires and compel the reader to spirituality. The four women who are the subjects of her book knew that contentment and happiness did not depend on good health, a fulfilling job, or a happy family life. Joy could even be known in the midst of great trial! Relying on many select extracts from their journal entries, poems, letters and resolutions, we can read the hand of God training these women of God to live for His glory, whatever the cost to themselves personally.
A striking feature of these biographies is the uniqueness of the women. Two of them never married. One was married with many children. Another was married with no children. Two were pastor’s wives and two were hymn writers. Two were from the 18th century, one was from the 17th century and one was from the 19th century. But what brings them together is, they all loved the Lord Jesus and were zealous to know Him and in His service.
“Sharon James draws beautiful spiritual profiles of four women who were true Christians in the real world. I commend her book to all who love biography or history, to women’s groups, and to anyone wanting to see what godliness looks like ‘in trouble and in joy’.”
— Don Whitney, Professor of Spiritual Formation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
About the Author
Sharon James is a historian and has spoken in conferences in many parts of the world. She studied history at Cambridge University, theology at Toronto Baptist Seminary, and has a doctorate from the University of Wales. Sharon and her husband Bill have two grown-up children. She is also the author of Ann Judson: A Missionary Life for Burma.