Sunday, August 12, 2012

Book Review: 10 Christians Everyone Should Know

I love reading a good biography.  So I couldn't help it... I had to read 10 Christians Everyone Should Know edited by John Perry.

So, who are the ten Christians everyone should know?  There are a couple people on here I would NEVER have guessed would be included.
  • Saint Patrick
  • Galileo
  • Anne Bradstreet
  • John Bunyan
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Jane Austen
  • D. L. Moody
  • George Washington Carver
  • Sergeant York
  • William F. Buckley, Jr.
From the publisher:
Jane Austen, Sergeant York, Saint Patrick—What did they have in common?
Two thousand years and still going strong: that’s the story of Christianity. And while the Christian martyrs and saints and orators may have gotten more press, the fact is the faith has been carried through history in the hearts and deeds of believers who—though beloved to us now—were simply living ordinary lives of devotion.
“It would be almost impossible to imagine ten people more different from each other than these,” editor John Perry says. “This [is] the first truth of Christian living: anybody, anywhere can be a champion of the faith, an example and inspiration to all who follow.”
There’s no dry biography here, though. Each story teems with fresh insight. D. L. Moody did some of his most powerful evangelizing by befriending ragged street children in Chicago. William F. Buckley never delivered a sermon, yet a Christian worldview informed his erudite, witty, output in print and broadcasting. To compose her poems, Anne Bradstreet had to understand science, history, the Bible, and literature, not to mention the political scene in both Massachusetts and England. You’ll look with new eyes, also, on the lives of George Washington Carver, Jane Austen, Galileo, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergeant York, John Bunyan, and Saint Patrick. You might think you know their stories . . . but you don’t. Not yet.
For lovers of biography, for homeschool or study groups, for anyone seeking encouragement in the Christian walk, 10 Christians Everyone Should Know is a valuable resource.
This book is fabulous.  The individual biographies average about 30 pages each, which is a great length.  You can read one in a single sitting, yet they are long enough to include quite a bit of detail.

The publisher's blurb is right... "You might think you know their stories... but you don't."

I thought I had knew a fair amount about St. Patrick, who is the first person in the book.  But I learned a lot.

I was sure I knew a whole lot about Galileo, the second chapter.  You guessed it, there was much that was new to me.

Anne Bradstreet, chapter 3... okay, this chapter did not surprise me.  I knew I didn't know much about her.

And so it went for all the biographies. 

This book is going to become a part of my kids' studies.

Disclaimer: As a Booksneeze Blogger, I did receive this ebook for free from Thomas Nelson. All opinions are my own.  No other compensation was received. For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.

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