At first glance I thought this book was one that would be filled with white men, even if they were people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Aelred of Rievaulx. So I was pleasantly surprised to find people of colour, and not only African American saints, but also an Asian one to boot.
This is a compilation of 25 short stories of Christians who have lived, both in the recent past and in ancient times, who have made an impact on faith of the author.
I liked the fact that each chapter was short and self-contained, so you can technically pick up the book and read from any chapter just fine. The author blends anecdotes from her personal life and seamlessly relates it to the lives of the saints in a manner that I found refreshing and authentic.
Apart from famous figures like Mother Teresa and Martin Luther, lesser known saints like the African American Amanda Berry Smith who preached the gospel to all races across the world, and Mary Paik Lee, a Korean immigrant who grew up with a difficult life were included to make it a book filled with diversity.
A Christian life can be a hard one to lead, but after reading about the lives of these 25 sinner-saints, one feels refreshed and invigorated, able to walk the long and arduous journey of faith once again. This is what I would call a good book, able to inspire, simply through recounting the lives of ordinary people just like us, empowered with a faith from above.
I would greatly recommend this as a gift to your Christian friend, or even yourself. With the clear writing and compelling stories, this book was a breeze to get through and I'm sure you'll be similarly inspired too.
Disclaimer: The publisher sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.