Radiant: Fifty Remarkable Women in Church History

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Richard M. Hannula earned a BA in history from the University of Southern California and a MA in education from the University of Washington. Since 1980, he has taught history in the Pacific Northwest, and he currently serves as the principal of Covenant High School in Tacoma, Washington. He is author of Trial and Triumph, Heralds of the Reformation, and For Christ's Crown and Covenant, and he leads church history tours in Europe.

AUTHOR: Richard M. Hannula

PAGE COUNT: 330 pages

SIZE: 6x9"

ISBN-10: 1591281865 

ISBN-13: 9781591281863

PUB. DATE: April 28, 2015

Media: Paperback

Your family will be fascinated and fed by these fifty true stories of great Christian women throughout history.

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From South America to Europe, from China to Africa to the Wild West, in prisons and in throne rooms, many great Christians have left a stunning legacy for their successors. These short and moving biographies for young people introduce fifty often unfamiliar champions of the faith: women like Ida Kahn, who opened the first hospital in a Chinese city of 300,000 people; Lady Anne Hamilton, who rode with the Covenanter cavalry at the decisive Battle of Berwick; and Anngrace Taban, who was forced to type secret battle plans for the Sudan People's Liberation Army. In a culture where women's role in society is often at question, these examples of faithfulness can remind us that courage and godliness are possible anywhere, even if you are surrounded by Muslim raiders, Japanese guards, Nazis, or cannibals.

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What People Are Saying:

"Through these robust and hearty profiles Richard Hannula brings to life fifty women of faith who helped shape church history. His interest is authentic, his research is solid, and his admiration is genuine." -Joel Belz, founder of World Magazine

"Women have made a vital contribution to the growth and progress of the Christian Church since the beginning. Hannula recognizes and celebrates that contribution and rallies the rising generation of Christian women to lives of action, vitality and faithfulness. A great read!"" -Gwen Westerlund, author of Faithful Following and Telling the Next Generation

"From the time of Christ's ministry on earth until the present day, faithful women have left us a legacy of courage, sacrifice, and service in the midst of trials. In this new collection of stories, Richard Hannula has given us a rich resource of encouragement and inspiration."" ~-Nancy Wilson, author of Praise Her in the Gates

"It is deeply encouraging to find Christian historians and authors beginning to recognize the important role played by women in the history of God’s people, and pen both popular and more academic studies of this important subject. ...a good representation of the globalization of the Christian faith in the past two hundred years." -Michael A.G. Haykin, Professor of Church History The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
John S.

Great gift for both my wife & myself. Canon Press has been a blessing!


Added to our shelf

Steven M.
Radiant is a wonderful book for the whole family!

It was great! Canon Press has been a major blessing these past few years for my wife and I, and our three daughters! I appreciate that there is a Christian publishing company out there that is putting out excellent reliable historical content for young women looking build up there knowledge in a Christian worldview.


This is a fantastic book. Filled with short but rich biographical sketches of remarkable women in church history, Radiant showcases lives of hope, joy, and struggle in a powerful way. Highly recommended.

Ian M.
One Concern

I have been enjoying Hannula’s books and reading them to our children: very powerful stories, and I am very thankful for them. One concern however that I had was in chapter 12: Clare of Assisi. My wife and I read this one together and we were very concerned with her lack of honor towards her parents and blatant rebellion when she left home. (See Mark 7:9-13) Later in the chapter Clare associates the “Holy Gospel” with a possible works based salvation when she tells others that they must sell all that they have and give to the poor as being the words of the “Holy Gospel”. Perhaps Clare was referring to the New Testament book, but we still found it concerning. I realize that it is easy to look back at people in history and judge possible individual sins, and that we need to offer them grace as Christ offers us, but where the book often discusses some of the sins of our hero’s of our faith as something to be repented of (as this story has when Clare repents of her over-fasting and self-denial), perhaps a comment is due earlier in the chapter as well.

Once again, I am very thankful for this book and Trial and Triumph, and have been very blessed by them. I would be interested to hear any feedback you may have on this comment.


Jonathon S.
Encouraging Yet Slightly Concerning Emphases

My wife and I love the length of these accounts, such that our 7 year old can listen to a whole chapter. We also love moving in chronological order through history. It is slightly concerning, however, the Roman Catholic-like emphases placed throughout these accounts. For example, the author seems to use the RC definition of sainthood rather than the Biblical one. Also, there is such an emphasis on the good works of some of these women to the exclusion of their theology or faith. It is not outright praising RC views, but it is enough to cause us to not be too excited & not want to purchase from this author again.

Cassidy S.

Radiant: Fifty Remarkable Women in Church History

Kristine M.Y.
Absolutely love this book!

My heart is so encouraged to read about the courageous faith of believers that have lived before me. These stories of women in church history have been such a timely blessing. Connecting with these women of faith inspires and emboldens my faith.

Marcus S.
Radiant: Fifty Remarkable Women in Church History

My wife really enjoys missionary stores. So this book was right up her alley. Nice short stores that have bolstered her faith and put her in aww of who God uses and is.

Gabriel M.
Amazing biographies!

My wife and I read these as part of our family worship time together and they’re super impactful, convicting and encouraging. Thank you so much for this! It’s amazing to see other Christian women who are sometimes overlooked, and I don’t see another book that is like it. At least, I haven’t read any except for Challies book, Devoted. This is a much more in-depth look and I’m thankful for Richard Hannula’s work and for Canon Press in publishing it.

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