Life keeps us running so fast and frenzied that we often lose sight of each day’s holy potential. Yet as a woman loved and called by God, your ordinary everyday matters more than you could possibly imagine.
Your choices today shape the legacy you leave for future generations. You are part of a story that has existed long before you and will long outlast you. And you can play a unique and irreplaceable role.
In Only One Life, mother-and-daughter team Jackie Green and Lauren Mc Afee invite you to join the company of women God is using to change the world. Through vivid portraits of women of the Bible, women of history, and women shaping the world today, you will discover how God multiplies seemingly small daily offerings of faithfulness. Come and see your own story reflected in the lives of women such as:
- Mary Magdalene, the first witness to Jesus’s resurrection.
- Catherine Booth, an early apologist for women’s rights and co-founder of the Salvation Army.
- Christine Caine, a contemporary speaker and human rights activist
- And other ordinary women who have done extraordinary things, including Harriet Tubman, Queen Esther, Lottie Moon, and Joni Eareckson Tada.
Building a legacy through your “only one life” is not a calling for the elite few. It is a calling for you—as a woman with unique capacity to shape the future through your faith, family, gifts, and leadership. Only One Life will encourage and empower you to develop grit, grace, and the long view—able to change your world forever—starting today.
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About the Author
Jackie Green is the co-founder of the Museum of the Bible, with her husband Steve. She has assisted in the launch of the Museum and its development efforts in various areas. She’s also a founder of Women of Legacy—an effort to help women discover and leave a legacy. She has co-authored two books: This Dangerous Book (with Steve Green) and Only One Life (with her daughter, Lauren Green Mc Afee). Jackie is actively involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including distributing Bibles, helping children find their forever homes through adoption, and serving on the advisory board of a crisis pregnancy center, as well as serving on the board of a private Christian school. In 2013, she received the Eagle Forum Homemaker of the Year Award. She’s the mother of six children, and grandmother to four (so far!).
Lauren Green Mc Afee is a speaker, writer, connector, and coffee enthusiast with a heart to engage others in the Bible. While pursuing her graduate degrees in pastoral counseling and theology, Lauren worked for her father, Steve Green, as he founded Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Today Lauren works for Hobby Lobby as Corporate Ambassador, and is pursuing a Ph D in Ethics and Public Policy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lauren and her husband Michael live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Connect with Lauren at laurenamcafee.com.
Bill High practiced law for twelve years before becoming the CEO of The Signatry. His mission is to help others live a life of significance through family, legacy, and generosity. He and his wife, Brooke, have four children, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. He can be found at billhigh.com and thesignatry.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Only One Life: The Way of Legacy 17
1 The Legacy of Courage
Esther. The Courage of the Outcast 31
Lottie Moon: The Courage to Be Alone 38
Joni Eareckson Tada: The Courage of the Broken 42
2 The Legacy of Generosity
The Sacrificial Widow: The Power of Generosity 49
Elizabeth of Hungary: The Sacrifice of Generosity 53
Mary Beth Chapman: The Power of Multiplying Generosity 58
3 The Legacy of Witness
Mary Magdalene: The Woman as Witness 65
Catherine Booth: The Witness of Action 69
Marilyn Hickey: The Unlikely Legacy 73
4 The Legacy of Wisdom
Deborah: Wisdom in Action 79
Sarah Osborn: Finding the Hidden Wisdom 84
Queen Elizabeth II: The Wisdom of the Queen 90
5 The Legacy of Teaching
Huldah: How One Woman Changed a Nation 100
Mary Lyon: Living Out the Vision 105
Kay Arthur: Discovering Your Teaching Legacy 111
6 The Legacy of Rescue
Jehosheba: The Incredible Rescue of a King 117
Harriet Tubman: Rescue Begins with Hope 121
Christine Caine: Rescue Begins with Seeing 125
7 The Legacy of Compassion
The Egyptian Princess: Compassion Changes History 129
Florence Nightingale: The Call of Compassion 134
Sarah Bowling: Opening Your Heart to Compassion 140
8 The Legacy of Boldness
The Woman at the Well: Boldness Born of Need 146
Rosa Parks: The Boldness of Justice 150
Amy Orr-Ewing: Boldly Defending Your Faith 155
9 The Legacy of Tenacity
Syrophoenician Woman: Power of a Persistent Mother 164
Fanny Crosby: Tenacity through Gratitude 169
Lauren Scruggs Kennedy: Tenacity Born of Tragedy 173
10 The Legacy of Faith
Mary: Faith in the Impossible 181
Elizabeth Anne Everest: Faith That Rocked the World 185
Jackie and Lauren: Our Journey of Faith 190
11 The Legacy of Prayer
Hannah: When a Prayer Is a Promise 201
Susanna Wesley: The Praying Example 205
Barbara Green: The Prayer Covering 212
12 The Legacy of Loyalty
Ruth: The Choice of Loyalty 222
Rachel Saint: Loyalty to the Mission 226
Ruth Belt Graham: The Power of Loyalty 232
Conclusion: Stewarding Your "Only One Life" 237