Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience When she arrived in the New World at eighteen, Anne Bradstreet was a reluctant passenger:her old, comfortable lifestyle in England was quickly dashed against the rocks of the MassachusettsBay. While the wilderness of America and the drama of establishing the Massachusetts Bay Colony at times overwhelmed her, she always took refuge in the belief that it was God's plan. Anne respected the Puritan teachings and followed them her entire life, always searching for God's hand in everything around her. But she also was inspired by a strong female leader of the day, Queen Elizabeth, andthis influence taught Anne to push herself beyond the day's limitations. She managed her home, educated her children, encouraged her husband, and sought her Lord-all with a poet's heart.

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