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.