*John Piper - He is always able to give a clear big picture of God and the issue at hand. Why does womanhood and manhood matter? He answers this.
*Mary Kassian - besides the fact that she's a very good speaker, she was able to trace feminism from the 1950's to present day, and show how what has happend historically has greatly influenced how women see their role in the world today. She went from June Cleaver to Sex in the City. It was eye opening.
*Janet Parshall - She broke down I Samuel 1-2, Hannah's story of being barren and then giving her Son to God. She did this in a very vivid way, and in a way that pointed to Hannah's love for and trust in her God. It was a good challenge to give our children to the Lord.
*Joni Earekson Tada - She had to cancel at the last minute due to horrible pain, but managed to record her message. I have heard her once before and she is always a humbling example of joy in the midst of all things, and of a heart that desires nothing more than to live fully for her Savior, even with the great trials that God has placed in her life.
*Nancy Leigh DeMoss - her final talk was challenging and encouraging. She speaks with such grace and humility and strength. I appreciate so much her ability to teach to both married and single ladies with authority. Because she uses the Bible as her authority, she is able to teach on all topics of womanhood. She is all about our hearts being right with God.
Thanks for taking care of Hope and doing all the dishes while I was gone, Mark - you're the best. (Note, we had an unusually large amount of dirty dishes since the water had been turned off and we had to boil all of our water for several days if we were going to consume it. Therefore, no dishes had been done for several days! And no, we don't have a dishwasher.)