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5 Puritan Women

5 Puritan Women

Portraits of Faith and Love

Explores the lives of 5 Puritan women who inspire us to be holy and devoted to God.

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The writings of the Puritans have had a recent resurgence, but many Puritan women have often been overlooked or misunderstood. As mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and wives, the vibrant faith of Puritan women has much to teach modern day readers.

In 5 Puritan Women: Portraits of Faith and Love, Jenny-Lyn de Klerk shows how the lives and writings of Christian women encourage the beauty of holy living and provide practical wisdom for the home and the church. Each chapter portrays a different Puritan woman—Agnes Beaumont, Lucy Hutchinson, Mary Rich, Anne Bradstreet, and Lady Brilliana Harley—telling their stories of devotion, lament, and family. By studying their faith journeys, modern readers can learn more about their roles in church history and glean insights into the Christian life.

- Accessible Introduction: An affordable, easy-to-read format to introduce readers to the neglected writings of Puritan women

- Applicable: Explains the need for, and the value of, studying Puritan women today and highlights spiritual disciplines that these women demonstrate

- Women in Church History: Broadens the reader’s understanding of women’s roles in furthering God’s kingdom throughout history

- Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior

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  • Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior
    Preface: Discovering Kindred Spirits in Church History
    Introduction: Testimonies of Love

  • Chapter 1: Agnes Beaumont: Daughter as Evangelist, Using Memorization
    Chapter 2: Lucy Hutchinson: Mother as Theologian, Using Fellowship
    Chapter 3: Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick: Wife as Philanthropist, Using Meditation
    Chapter 4: Anne Bradstreet: Grandmother as Homemaker, Using Prayer
    Chapter 5: Lady Brilliana Harley: Matriarch as Physician, Using Spiritual Conversation

  • Conclusion: Spiritual Loving Care
    General Index


Contributors Jenny-Lyn de Klerk
ISBN 9781433582103
Format Paperback
First published March 2023
Dimensions 134mm x 203mm x 10mm
Weight 0.18 kg
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher Crossway

Courtney Doctor

Coordinator of Women's Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition; Visiting Instructor, Covenant Theological Seminary

In 5 Puritan Women, Jenny-Lyn de Klerk introduces us to five faithful saints who have gone before us. As you get to know these women through the pages of this book, you will feel as though you have met five new friends. Through their words and stories, they will instruct, strengthen, and encourage you in your faith. So grab a warm drink, sit down with your new friends, and let them spur you on to love God and live a faithful, beautiful life.

Caroline Saunders

Author, The Story of Water and The Story of Home

At some point, someone somewhere must have convinced me to believe the Puritans were boring. But as it turns out, that person was dead wrong. In 5 Puritan Women, Jenny-Lyn de Klerk shakes the dust off the stories of five women we never should have overlooked. Their remarkable strength, distinct personalities, and substantial faith offer women today an unexpected and delightful inheritance that can impact the way we express and enjoy our faith today.

Kelly M. Kapic

Author, Embodied Hope

We are all prone to stereotypes and misunderstanding, but part of loving our neighbors—even dead ones!—is seeking to understand them on their own terms so that we can better appreciate and learn from them. Jenny-Lyn de Klerk has written a book about five Puritan women who faced real challenges in a real world with their real God. What she also helps us (both men and women) learn from these godly mentors is significant. I’m only sad it has taken us this long to hear from these too-often-forgotten saints.

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