Into the Book

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Biography


  1. Owen Strachan’s latest biography, The Colson Way, is on the subject of “Loving your neighbor and living with faith in a hostile world.” Chuck Colson, presidential aide to Richard Nixon turned champion of prison ministry and revitalizing American culture, is his subject. Strachan has created an enlightening and valuable look at a man who many may not have heard of — especially those of us younger folks. Through the example of Colson’s life, Strachan challenges his readers to live with a bold and loving faith in the middle of the public square.

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  2. Eric Metaxas has already established himself as an excellent biographer with an attention to detail and writing style that is rarely surpassed today. His best-known works are Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer, two meaty biographies that punch deep into their subject’s lives. Following these monster volumes, Metaxas turned his attention to a smaller, condensed book withbiographies of seven great men, titled Seven Men. Now, he’s back with a repeat performance for women. (more…)

  3. A Warrior’s Faith is a closer look at Ryan Job, an elite Navy SEAL who was wounded in action during a tour of duty in the Iraq War. Thomas Nelson describes the book as “a firsthand account of divinely directed change in a man who was transformed by God’s love and who in turn transformed everyone around him.” Though not as well-known as the American Sniper, Chris Kyle, Job worked alongside Kyle. This book tells the story of his service, his wound, and his recovery.

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  4. Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the surprising friendship that invented America.

    Randy Petersen’s latest book, The Printer and the Preacher, is a medium-length biography on Ben Franklin and George Whitefield, telling how together they were broadly influential over the fledgling United States. It’s a fascinating book, despite a few flaws, and serves as a great introduction to both men and how they related. Read on for more: (more…)

  5. A short life of Jonathan Edwards is an excellent biography by George Marsden that is “meant to be read and enjoyed as well as studied.” Marsden offers an introductory look at Jonathan Edwards’ life, accomplishments, and work and studies him as a crucial figure in the Great Awakening and leading up to the American Revolution. (more…)

  6. Bonhoeffer: Abridged is a more accessible version of Eric Metaxas’ 624-page biography of German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Metaxas has personally trimmed the book, and it ends up at about 40% of the size of the original. For all intents and purposes, it’s a less in-depth but still enlightening look at one of the heroes of World War II.

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  7. The Daring Heart of David Livingstone, by Jay Milbrandt, is a solid short biography on David Livingstone. Subtitled “African slavery and the publicity stunt that saved millions,” the book centers around the African slave trade and Livingstone’s lifelong fight to abolish it completely. It’s a solid book that addresses Livingstone’s life well for the amount of space it has.

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  8. What would you be willing to give for the expansion of Christ’s great Kingdom? What would you be willing to endure?

    John Piper’s Filling up the Afflictions of Christ examines the lives of three Christian men–Bible translator/smuggler William Tyndale, and missionaries Adoniram Judson and John Paton, telling their stories with fascinating excerpts from biographies and quotes from historians, giving vivid images and ideas of what these men went through–and why and how.
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  9. After reading Gracia Burnham’s autobiography, I was left with an odd taste in my mouth. I’ve read biographies in my time, but this one made me feel empty after I read it. Perhaps it is the title: In the Presence of My Enemies: a Gripping Account of the Kidnapping of American Missionaries and Their Year of Terror in the Philippine Jungle. What this title tells us is that it will be an exciting and thought-provoking biography. However, when I read it, I did not feel excitement, terror, or any emotions whatsoever from the people represented in this book. (more…)

  10. Any Christian who hasn’t heard a song by Keith Green has pretty much been living under a rock. His music shook the church as a whole back in the 70’s, and continues to move people in powerful, God-inspired ways even today. But how many of us know the story behind the man? Keith’s wife Melody has written their story from the very beginning of their Christian walk, documenting the journey God took them on up till – and proceeding – Keith’s tragic death in a plane crash that also took the lives of two of their children. One might assume this to be just another ordinary, typically dry biography of some face behind a career. But it’s not. It’s far from it.

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