Empowered contains the stories of eleven women whose lives were shaped by God. Catherine Parks tells each one’s story in an original and enlightening way.
The word “empower” is a magnificent verb meaning “to give power or authority to.”
Catherine Parks explains in the introduction to Empowered: How God Shaped 11 Women’s Lives (And Can Shape Yours Too):
“…God daily gives us the power we need to reflect His glory, to love Him, and to love others, just as He did for all the women in this book… Loving God and others means standing up for justice, being selfless, using our gifts, and many other things. But the power to do those things comes from God, not from our own strength. We won’t ever do these things perfectly, but the good news is that God forgives and uses imperfect people!”
One of the women featured in Empowered is Joni Eareckson Tada. When Joni was seventeen years old, she dove into Chesapeake Bay and hit her head, which paralyzed her arms, legs, and torso. After many surgeries and much recovery time, Joni became a famous artist and has written over forty-five books. Her first book, Joni: An Unforgettable Story, has been translated into fifty languages. Joni is known for using her mouth to hold her pen, pencil, and paintbrush! She has a ministry called Joni and Friends which provides wheelchairs for people who can’t afford them.
Joni is my favorite character profiled in Empowered! I’d never even heard of some of the other women featured in this book; it was informative and inspiring. I heartily recommend Empowered (it is now my second favorite book, my favorite being Battle Cry by Jordyn Glaser). A similar book I’ve also enjoyed is 100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls by Jean Fisher.
(By the way, moms ought to be included in Empowered; they are the best ever!)
Disclosure from Mom: Thanks to B&H Publishing for the review copy of Empowered.
Coming soon: a review of Strong: How God Equipped 11 Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Power (and Can Do the Same for You).