Thursday, November 12, 2015

favorite biographies

I was asked recently to suggest some biographies that I have read and would recommend to others. Most of the biographies that I have read are about men, and specifically, theologians and pastors, and sometimes soldiers.  I read biographies to find people to emulate and to serve as historical mentors. 

Here are my top ten biographies, in alphabetical order...




Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, by Peter Brown.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas. 

Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life, by Colin Duriez.

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, by Roland H. Bainton.

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret, by Howard Taylor and Geraldine Taylor. 

Jonathan Edwards: A Life, by George M. Marsden.
(Or, A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards, by George M. Marsden).

Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, by Iain Murray. (Either the two-volume original set or the new one-volume edition.)

Robert E. Lee on Leadership: Executive Lessons in Character, Courage, and Vision, by H.W. Crocker III.  

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life, by C. S. Lewis.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand.


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