Saturday, November 15, 2008

Struggles and Triumphs: Retelling the Stories of Historical Women

Struggles and Triumphs: Retelling the Stories of Historical Women

ENUMCLAW, Wash., October 30 /Christian Newswire/ -- As Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin step up into the political spotlight, many people may ponder on the influence of women throughout history. Cynthia L. Simmons, a former nurse and homeschooling mother of five, releases her new novel, "Struggles and Triumphs" (Pleasant Word 2008) in which she shares her passion for history and for the women who helped shape history.

While visiting the Smithsonian Museum one year, Simmons was particularly interested in an exhibit detailing the impact of women on politics. After researching a number of possibilities, Simmons settled on nine particular individuals.

"Each of the [women in my book] had something that made me feel a connection with them. For instance, I particularly liked Princess Alice, daughter of Queen Victoria, because she was a nurse. She had some serious questions about her faith and found answers."

"Struggles and Triumphs" offers a glimpse into the lives of nine prominent women from history--many have faith, several don't; all experience fears, expectations, challenges, dangers, oppression, and grief. Those who know Christ find their way through heartache with God's help and guidance

Follow the stories of these nine remarkable women from the past--some who overcame insurmountable odds by putting their faith and trust in God:

• Katie Luther, wife of Martin Luther

• Susannah Thompson, later Mrs. C.H. Spurgeon

• Princess Alice, daughter of Queen Victoria

• Queen Kateryn, wife of Henry VIII of England

• Louise, Duchess of Coburg

• Caroline Bauer, wife of Prince Leopold

• Ellen McCallie, wife of Thomas Hooke McCallie

• Princess Vicky, daughter of Queen Victoria

• Catherine, Duchess of Suffolk

"This is a book about women and for women. It shows that women have value wherever they find themselves in life," says Simmons.

Cynthia L. Simmons resides in the Atlanta area with her husband, Ray. She teaches a women's Sunday school class and enjoys studying the Bible, growing orchids, arranging flowers, playing the piano, singing, and historical research.

To order your copy of "Struggles and Triumphs" visit or call 877-421-7323. For a review copy or to schedule an interview please contact Abigail Davidson at 360-802-9758 or

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