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Gladys Aylward
Gladys AylwardGladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, ©1999.

Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman by Gladys Aylward and Christine Hunter. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, ©1970. The life story of Gladys Aylward, who by faith, trusted God to provide for all her needs as a missionary in China.

Gladys Aylward: The Small Woman with a Great God. DVD. This documentary presents the events of Gladys' life, chronicled by author Carol Purves and accompanied by photographs, illustrations, and recordings of Gladys' own voice. Worcester, PA: Distributed by Vision Video, 2008.

These Are My People: A Biography of Gladys Aylward by Mildred T. Howard. Greenville, S.C.: Bob Jones University Press, ©1984. Ages 7-9.

David Brainerd
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd edited by Jonathan Edwards; with a biographical sketch of the life and work of Jonathan Edwards by Philip E. Howard, Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Book House, 1989.

David BrainerdDavid Brainerd: Missionary to the American Indians DVD. Gary Wilkinson, ©2013. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA.

John Bunyan
Travel with John Bunyan: Exploring the world of John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrims Progress by John Pestell. England: Day One Publications, ©2002. Biography and travel guide.

John Bunyan: Journey of a Pilgrim DVD. This documentary narrated by John Pestell, presents a fascinating look at the life of the man who wrote The Pilgrim's Progress. Worcester, PA: Distributed by Gateway Films/Vision Video, 2006.

William Carey
William Carey by S. Pearce Carey; edited by Peter Masters. London: The Wakeman Trust, 1993. Originally published 1923.

Faithful Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey by Timothy George. Christian History Institute, ©1998. Companion edition to Candle in the Dark dramatic film.

Travel with William Carey: The missionary to India who attempted great things for God by Paul Pease. England: Day One Publications, ©2005. Biography and travel guide.

William CareyThe Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of a Culture by Vishal and Ruth Mangalwadi. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, ©1999.

Dorothy Carey: The Tragic and Untold Story of Mrs. William Carey by James R. Beck. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, ©1992.

Candle in the Dark: The Story of William Carey DVD. Christian History Institute, 1998. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. Not recommended for young children.

Fanny Crosby
Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2008. Originally published in 1906 as Memoirs of Eighty Years.

Her Heart Can See: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby by Edith L. Blumhofer. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, ©2005.

The Fanny Crosby Story DVD. Panmedia Entertainment Corp.; distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA., 2004.

M. R. DeHaan
M. R. De Haan: The Life Behind the Voice... by James R. Adair. Published by Discovery House, 2008. Originally published with title M. R. DeHaan: The Man and His Ministry by Zondervan, ©1969. Out of print.

Jonathan Goforth
Jonathan Goforth by Rosalind Goforth. Published by Bethany House Publishers, 1986. This is an edited edition of Goforth of China which was first published in 1937, and is now out of print.

Jonathan Goforth: An Open Door in China by by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, ©2001. Not recommended for elementary school age.

Frances Havergal
Frances Ridley Havergal: Hymnwriter [by] Esther E. Enock. Greenville, S.C.: Ambassador, 2001.

H. A. Ironside
H. A. Ironside: Ordained of the Lord by E. Schuyler English. Published by Loizeaux Brothers, 1976.

Adoniram & Ann Judson
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1987.

Bless God and Take Courage: The Judson History and Legacy by Rosalie Hall Hunt. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, ©2005.

Ann JudsonAnn Judson: A Missionary Life for Burma by Sharon James. New ed. Welwyn Garden City, UK: EP Books, 2015, ©1998.

Ann H. Judson of Burma by E. R. Pitman. Published by Christian Literature Crusade, 1988.

Adoniram and Ann JudsonAdoniram and Ann Judson: Spent for God DVD. A documentary production of Christian History Institute; written and produced by Robert Fernandez. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. [2018].

Eric Liddell
The Story of Eric Liddell DVD. An Olympic God Medalist's lifelong race to spread the Gospel in China. Produced by RBC Ministries. Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, ©2004.

Eric LiddellEric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, c1998. Age 8-12.

Eric LiddellFor the Glory: Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr by Duncan Hamilton. New York: Penguin Press, ©2016.

David Livingstone
David Livingstone: African Explorer by John Hudson Tiner. ©1997.Biography of an explorer, missionary, scientist and doctor. His exciting exploits in Africa tell a story of unsurpassed courage and determination.

David Livingstone: The Truth Behind the Legend by Rob Mackenzie. Published by Christian Focus, 2003. First published 1993.

Dr. David Livingstone: Missionary Explorer to Africa DVD. Gary Wilkinson Productions, 2011. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA.

Robert Murray McCheyne
Robert Murray M'Cheyne [by] Andrew A. Bonar. Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, [1960?].

Travel with Robert Murray M'Cheyne: In the Footsteps of a Godly Scottish Pastor by Derek Prime. England: Day One Publications, ©2007. Biography and travel guide.

Dwight L. Moody
A Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody by Lyle W. Dorsett. Chicago: Moody Press, 2003, ©1997.

D. L. Moody: Bringing Souls to Christ by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, Wash.: YWAM, ©2011.

George Müller
George Muller: Man of Faith and Miracles by Basil Miller. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1972.

George MullerGeorge Müller, 1805-1898: Delighted in God by Roger Steer. Fearn, Ross-shire [Scotland]: Christian Focus, ©1997.

George Muller of Bristol: His Life of Prayer and Faith by A. T. Pierson. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, [2000]. First published in 1899.

George Mueller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, ©1999.Age 10 and up.

Robber of the Cruel Streets: The Prayerful Life of George Müller DVD presented by Russell Boulter; written, directed and produced by Crawford Telfer. An international co-production distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA, USA. Excellent documentary of the life and times of George Muller weaving together photography of on-site locations, historical pictures, narration and drama.

John Newton
John Newton: A Ruthless Slave Trader Becomes a Messenger of Amazing Grace DVD by Gary Wilkinson; distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. Documentary, featuring interviews with Newton scholars Brian H. Edwards, Jonathan Aitken and Tony Baker, thoroughly explores Newton's life.

John Paton
John G. Paton — The Autobiography of the Pioneer Missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu). John G. Paton. Published by Banner of Truth, 2013.

John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides. An autobiography edited by his brother James Paton. Published by Banner of Truth, 1994. »Earlier edition of previous title«

Ira D. Sankey
Ira Sankey: Singing the Gospel by Kelley S. Bruss. Greenville, SC: JourneyForth Book, ©2010.

Mary Slessor
Mary Slessor: Forward Into Calabar by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, c1999. Age 10 and up.

Mary SlessorMary Slessor: Missionary Mother by Terri B. Kelly. Greenville, SC: JourneyForth, ©2014. Ages 9-12.

Gipsy Smith
Gipsy Smith, from the Forest I Came by David Lazell. North American ed. Chicago: Moody Press, ©1973. British ed. published 1970.

Charles H. Spurgeon
Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers by Lewis A. Drummond. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, ©1982. Definitive biography of C.H. Spurgeon.

Spurgeon: A New Biography by Arnold Dallimore. Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, 1985.

Travel With CH Spurgeon: In the Footsteps of the Prince of Preachers by Clive Anderson. England: Day One Publications, ©2002. Biography and travel guide.

CharlesandSusannahYours, Till Heaven: The Untold Love Story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, ©2018.

C. H. Spurgeon: The People's Preacher DVD / presented by Andy Harrison; written, produced and directed by Crawford Telfer. An international co-production distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA, 2010. Excellent documentary drama of the life and times of Charles H. Spurgeon.

Susannah T. Spurgeon
Susannah SpurgeonSusie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, ©2021.

C. T. Studd
C.T. Studd - Cricketer & Pioneer by Norman P. Grubb. Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1985. First published in 1933.

C.T. Studd: No Retreat by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, Wash.: YWAM, ©2005.

Chocolate SoldierThe Chocolate Soldier: Heroism: The Lost Chord of Christianity. Windsor, CO: Deeper Christian Press, ©2020. Includes poems from Quaint Rhymes for the Battlefield.
Available free on this Website: The Chocolate Soldier... and Quaint Rhymes for the Battlefield

Billy Sunday
Billy Sunday and the Redemption of Urban America by Lyle W. Dorsett. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, c1991.

Billy Sunday: Home Run to Heaven by Robert A. Allen. Published by Mott Media, c1985.

Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret (Moody Classics) by Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor. Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 2009. First published in 1932.

Hudson Taylor by J. Hudson Taylor. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1987. Autobiography. Also issued under title A Retrospect.

Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China by by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, Wash.: YWAM, ©1998.

It is Not Death to Die: A New Biography of Hudson Taylor by Jim Cromarty. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2014. Reprint. First published 2001.

Hudson Taylor DVDHudson Taylor: Into The Heart Of The Dragon DVD Documentary of the life of Hudson Taylor. Produced and directed by Gary Wilkinson, ©2018.

William Tyndale
God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale DVD 93-minute drama on the life of William Tyndale. Grenville Film Productions, ©1988. Distributed by Vision Video.

Walter L. Wilson
Walter L. Wilson: the Beloved Physician by Kenneth O. Gangel. Chicago: Moody Press, ©1970.

John Wycliffe
John Wycliffe—The Morning Star DVD. 75-minute drama on the life of John Wycliffe. Gateway Films, ©1984.

Other Recommendations
50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith by Warren Wiersbe. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, ©2009.

George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist by Janet & Geoff Benge. Lynnwood, WA: Emerald Books, ©2001.

George Washington Carver: Man's Slave Becomes God's Scientist by David Collins. ©1981. The story of one man's rise from slavery and the struggles and triumphs of his faith.

God's SmugglerGod's Smuggler by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. Bloomington, MN: Chosen Books, 2015.

The Hiding PlaceThe Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom with Elizabeth and John Sherrill. Grand Rapids, MI : Chosen Books, 2006, ©1971. Personal narrative of Corrie Ten Boom's experiences in German-occupied Holland during WWII, the role of she and her family in the Dutch Resistance who helped Jews escape from the Nazis and her subsequent imprisonment.

Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word: A Model of Faith and Thought by Douglas A. Sweeney. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, ©2009.

Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Hudson Tiner. ©1977. Biography of a German astronomer who discovered three laws of planetary motion.

R. G. LeTourneau: Mover of Men and Mountains. The autobiography of R. G. LeTourneau. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1967. Interesting read! LeTourneau shows what it means for a businessmen to live for God and work with and for Him.

Samuel F. B. Morse: Artist With a Message by John Hudson Tiner. ©1987. Biography of the artist and inventor who devised the world's first practical telegraph system.

Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist, and Teacher by John Hudson Tiner. ©1976. Biography of the seventeenth-century English astronomer and mathematician who discovered the law of gravity.

Christian Men of Science by George Mulfinger. Greenville, SC: Ambassador Emerald International, 2004. Short biographies of "eleven men that changed the world."

God Made Them Great by John Tallach. Banner of Truth Trust, 2013. The author retells the stories of five lives: George Müller, Isobel Kuhn, William Bray, David Brainerd, and Robert Annan.

William WilberforceWilliam Wilberforce: Take Up the Fight by Janet & Geoff Benge. Lynwood, WA: Ambassador Emerald Books, ©2015.

George WhitefieldGeorge Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century by Arnold A. Dallimore. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2010.


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