Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Christian Biographies

"We read biographies because worthy portraits of our fellow human beings help us to make sense of the world. We are especially fascinated by the lives of those who have made a difference in the world -- whose mark remains visible even now. The lives of the famous and the infamous make for compelling reading." This is what Albert Mohler wrote yesterday when he posted on his 10 most important Christian biographies from recent decades.

Today our post is short and sweet, but we'd like to suggest two things.

1. Why not consider reading one of Mohler's recommendations and be inspired by some of those great saints who have gone before?

2. Here at titus2talk we really enjoy reading biographies, particularly those of godly women. Are there any such biographies that you have read recently? Do let us know, we're always on the lookout for more. If you're cooperative (!) we'd be glad to compile a list of some biographies you have found to be inspirational. So, let us know who you've read about, and what you learned from their life and we'd be happy to share your thoughts.

We're waiting....


Beth said...

Here are some of my favorites:
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockness

My Heart in His Hands: Ann Judson of Burma by Sharon James

Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp

Though Lions Roar: The Story of Helen Roseveare by Mary Beth Lagerborg

As you can see, this is a list of biographies of missionary women. I am encouraged and inspired by these women who trusted God and went to hard places. Their confidence in Him and their willingness to forsake comfort for those to whom they were called makes me long for those qualities in my own life. I admire the steel backbones of these women and the compassionate hearts they had for the lost.

I posted on this topic back in October. That post http://ebenezerstoryteller.blogspot.com/2006/10/best-ebenezer-stories.html
has a few more of my favorites listed.
Looking forward to seeing what others recommend.

Alicia said...

Beth beat me to it! :^) My favorite is A Chance to Die.

Anonymous said...

Alas, I rarely, if ever, read biographies. I mostly read non-fiction.
Joanna in Ca. USA, who is off to check Mohler's list...

Anonymous said...

In The Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham
This book really influenced me as a Christian. God is faithful....

JCRandolph said...

Noel Piper's Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God is a good read. Also enjoyed Elizabeth Prentiss by Sharon James.

Barbara H. said...

The link to Mohler's 10 most important Christian biographies just took me to a graphic. I found his blog by removing everything after .com, but couldn't find the post in question.

Christian biographies are my favorite genre on books. :)

My all-time favorites are

Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur by Frank Houghton

By Searching and In the Arena by Isobel Kuhn

Goforth of China and Climbing by Rosalind Goforth

Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Diebler Rose

Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot

To the Golden Shore about Adoniram Judson

Hudson Taylor: Growth of a Soul and Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret

Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins (daughter of Georgi Vins, Russian pastor imprisoned and then expelled because of his faith)

Gladys Aylward: Missionary to China by Sam Wellman

Daktar by Viggo Olsen

My Heart in His Hands about Ann Judson by Sharon James

Mountain Rain by Eileen Crossman and Behind the Ranges by Geraldine Taylor about J. O. Fraser

John Paton by Benjamin Unseth

Peace Child by Don Richardson

The Valley is Bright by Nell Collins

Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon by Charles Ray.

Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn about one of the last families to leave China after communism crept in, how the Lord ministered to them and through them.

The God I Love by Joni Eareckson Tada

Mimosa by Amy Carmichael

Second-Mile People by Isobel Kuhn

In The Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham

Nicki said...

Thanks for that Barbara, I have managed to change the hyperlink and it seems tobe working now...not sure what happened there!

Lana G! said...

Left to Tell: One Woman's Story of Surviving the Rwandan Holocaust

This is the write up on this inspirational book.

Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee's family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor, while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman's journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot

Anonymous said...

One of my favorites which I enjoy re-reading every few years: Eric Liddell: Pure Gold: A New Biography Of The Olympic Champion Who Inspired Chariots Of Fire by David McCasland.

Anonymous said...

Hi - Just to add to your excellent list another one is
The story or Lady Jane Grey - The nine Day Queen by Faith Cook