I really enjoyed this easy-to-read book about “eight women who refused to give up” in following God’s call on their lives during the late 1800s and early 1900s in America. These are true stories of women from mostly humble beginnings (even slavery) who made a significant impact on the world around them as they chose lives that honored God above their own comfort and safety. Many of them crossed paths in ministry, and it was so interesting to read about their struggles and successes as they remained faithful to God. The author did well in weaving together common threads of involvement with Moody Bible Institute in Chicago (this book is published by Moody). Several names were familiar to me, but others I had never heard of despite their lifetime of diverse Christian service. I liked the photographic insert in the middle of the book, and the writing style was engaging and provided just enough detail to keep me interested. I was delighted to learn about each of these brave women, whose primary purpose was in serving Jesus Christ using the gifts they were given of preaching, teaching, singing, administering, evangelizing, praying, and serving others.