Starting with the influence of the Bible and Christianity on gaining freedom for women, John Angell James, through biblical exposition and character sketches of women from the Bible, shows the benefits of growing in piety as a goal for women from youth through motherhood.
Young women are offered biblical and practical advice in order to fulfill the high calling of being a Proverbs 31 woman.
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John Angell James (1785–1859) was a Congregationalist Nonconformist pastor at Carrs Lane Chapel in Birmingham, England. He also chaired the board of education of what was to become Mansfield College, Oxford. He was awarded honorary doctorates by both Princeton and Glasgow Universities. A staunch Calvinist steeped in practical piety, he preached and wrote to the average person saying, “I write plain truths, in plain language, for plain people!”
“Especially must I mention the name of that honoured father of all the Dissenting churches, the Rev. John Angell James, of Birmingham. There is no name I think just now that ought to be more venerated than his.” — Charles Haddon Spurgeon at the ceremony for laying the Metropolitan Tabernacle foundation stone