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Christian Biographies—Recommended

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• 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. ISBN 0801009766. 385 pages.

David BrainerdDavid Brainerd: Missionary to the American Indians DVD. Gary Wilkinson, ©2013. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. DVD. 59 minutes.

• 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. ISBN 1903087120. Biography and travel guide. 128 pages.

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. DVD. 42 minutes.

• William Carey
William Carey by S. Pearce Carey; edited by Peter Masters. London: The Wakeman Trust, 1993. ISBN 1870855612. Originally published 1923.

Faithful Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey by Timothy George. Christian History Insitute, ©1998. ISBN 1563643103. 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. ISBN 1903087767. Biography and travel guide. 128 pages.

William CareyThe Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of a Culture by Vishal and Ruth Mangalwadi. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, ©1999. ISBN 1584341121. 159 pages.

Dorothy Carey: The Tragic and Untold Story of Mrs. William Carey by James R. Beck. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, ©1992. ISBN 0801010306. 254 pages.

Candle in the Dark: The Story of William Carey DVD Christian History Institute, 1998. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. DVD. 97 minutes. Not recommended for young children.

• Fanny Crosby
Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2008. ISBN 9781598562811. 240 pages. 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. ISBN 0802842534. 365 pages.

The Fanny Crosby Story DVD. Panmedia Entertainment Corp., 2004. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. DVD. 54 minutes.

• M. R. DeHaan
M. R. De Haan: The Life Behind the Voice... by James R. Adair. Published by Discovery House, 2008. 160 pages. Originally pubished 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. 157 pages. ISBN 087123842X. This is an edited edition of Goforth of China which was first published in 1937, and is now out of print.

• Frances Havergal
Frances Ridley Havergal: Hymnwriter [by] Esther E. Enock. Greenville, S.C.: Ambassador, 2001. ISBN 1898787689. 108 pages.

• H. A. Ironside
H. A. Ironside: Ordained of the Lord by E. Schuyler English. Published by Loizeaux Brothers, 1976. 254 pages.  ISBN: 0872131432.

• Adoniram & Ann Judson
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1987. ISBN: 0817011218. 530 pages.

Bless God and Take Courage: The Judson History and Legacy by Rosalie Hall Hunt. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, ©2005. ISBN 0817014799. 403 pages.

Ann JudsonAnn Judson: A Missionary Life for Burma by Sharon James. New ed. Welwyn Garden City, UK: EP Books, 2015, ©1998. ISBN 0852349165. 286 pages.

Ann H. Judson of Burma by E. R. Pitman. Published by Christian Literature Crusade, 1988. ISBN 0875086012. 92 pages.

Adoniram and Ann JudsonAdoniram and Ann Judson: Spent for God. A documentary production of Christian History Institute; written and produced by Robert Fernandez. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. [2018]. DVD. 65 min.

• 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. DVD. 90 min.

• David Livingstone
David Livingstone: African Explorer by John Hudson Tiner. ©1997. ISBN 0880621648. 199 pages. 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. 389 p. First published 1993.

• Robert Murray McCheyne
Robert Murray M'Cheyne [by] Andrew A. Bonar. Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, [1960?]. ISBN 085151085X. 192 pages.

Travel with Robert Murray M'Cheyne: In the Footsteps of a Godly Scottish Pastor by Derek Prime. England: Day One Publications, ©2007. ISBN 978-1846250576. Biography and travel guide. 128 pages.

• Dwight L. Moody
A Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody by Lyle W. Dorsett. Chicago: Moody Press, 2003, ©1997. ISBN 978-0802451811. 496 pages.

D. L. Moody: Bringing Souls to Christ by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, Wash.: YWAM, ©2011. 191 p. ISBN: 978-1576585528.

• George Müller
George Muller: Man of Faith and Miracles by Basil Miller. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1972. 160 pages. ISBN 0871231824.

George Muller of Bristol: His Life of Prayer and Faith by A. T. Pierson. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, [2000]. 375 pages. ISBN 0825434645. First published in 1899.

George Mueller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, ©1999. 207 pages.  ISBN: 1576581454. 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. DVD, 59 minutes.

• 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. DVD, 45 minutes.

• 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. 538 pgs. ISBN 1848712766.

John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides. An autobiography edited by his brother James Paton. Published by Banner of Truth, 1994. 524 pgs. ISBN 085151667X. »Earlier edition of above«

• Ira D. Sankey
Ira Sankey: Singing the Gospel by Kelley S. Bruss. Greenville, SC: JourneyForth Book, ©2010. ISBN 9781606821077.

• Mary Slessor
Mary Slessor: Forward Into Calabar by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, c1999. 205 pages.  ISBN: 1576581489. Age 10 and up.

Mary SlessorMary Slessor: Missionary Mother by Terri B. Kelly. Greenville, SC: JourneyForth, ©2014. ISBN 9781606826300. 164 pages. Ages 9-12.

• Gipsy Smith
Gipsy Smith, from the Forest I Came by David Lazell. North American ed. Chicago: Moody Press, ©1973. ISBN 0802429599. British ed. published 1970.

• Charles H. Spurgeon
Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers by Lewis A. Drummond. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, ©1982. ISBN 978-0825424824. Definitive biography of C.H. Spurgeon. 896 pages.

Spurgeon: A New Biography by Arnold Dallimore. Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, 1985. ISBN 0851514510. 252 pages.

Travel With CH Spurgeon: In the Footsteps of the Prince of Preachers by Clive Anderson. England: Day One Publications, ©2002. ISBN 1903087112. Biography and travel guide. 128 pages.

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. DVD, 70 minutes.

• C. T. Studd
C.T. Studd - Cricketer & Pioneer by Norman P. Grubb. Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1985. 241 pages.  ISBN: 0875082025. First published in 1933.

C.T. Studd: No Retreat by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, Wash.: YWAM, ©2005. 189 p. ISBN: 9781576582886.

• Billy Sunday
Billy Sunday and the Redemption of Urban America by Lyle W. Dorsett. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, c1991. 212 pages. ISBN 080280151X.

Billy Sunday: Home Run to Heaven by Robert A. Allen. Published by Mott Media, c1985. 160 pages. ISBN 0880621257.

• Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret (Moody Classics) by Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor. Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 2009. ISBN 0802456588. 272 pages. First published in 1932.

Hudson Taylor by J. Hudson Taylor. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1987. ISBN 0871239515. 160 pages. Autobiography. Also issued under title A Retrospect.

It is Not Death to Die: A New Biography of Hudson Taylor by Jim Cromarty. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2014. ISBN 1845503678. 499 pages. Reprint. First published 2001.

• 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
Just What the Doctor Ordered. Soulwinning stories by Walter L. Wilson. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, ©1988. 152 pages. ISBN 0890844399.

Walter L. Wilson: the Beloved Physician by Kenneth O. Gangel. Chicago: Moody Press, ©1970. 127 p.

• 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: BakerBooks, ©2009. ISBN 9780801071942. 398 p.

George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist by Janet & Geoff Benge. Lynnwood, WA: Emerald Books, ©2001. ISBN 1883002788. 190 p.

George Washington Carver: Man's Slave Becomes God's Scientist by David Collins. ©1981. ISBN 091513490X. The story of one man's rise from slavery and the struggles and triumphs of his faith.

Robert C. Chapman: 70 Years of Serving the Lord by Frank Holmes. Port Colborne, Ontario: Gospel Folio Press, ©2008. ISBN 1897117671. 134 p. Previously published as Brother Indeed.

Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word: A Model of Faith and Thought by Douglas A. Sweeney. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, ©2009. ISBN 9780830838516. 207 p.

Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Hudson Tiner. ©1977. ISBN 091513411X. 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. ISBN: 0802438180. 296 p. 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. ISBN 0880621370. 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. ISBN 0915134950. 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. ISBN 1932307222. 321 p. Short biographies of "eleven men that changed the world."

God Made Them Great by John Tallach. Banner of Truth Trust, 2013. ISBN 1848712715. 144 p. The author retells the stories of five lives: George Müller, Isobel Kuhn, William Bray, David Brainerd, and Robert Annan.


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