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Someone asked me for a list of my favorite books, or the books that have most influenced my thinking. I’ll begin with my top 12 biographies. Those these are numbered, the list is in no particular order.

1. To the Golden Shore, by Courtney Anderson (the life of Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary – in Burma. One of the most inspiring characters in all history)

2. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris (Pulitzer Prize winner, recommended to me by Dr. Al Weir of Christian Medican/Dental Fellowship. A wonderful book about a fascinating man)

3. A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story, by Walter Martin (authorized by Graham and very honest about his strengths and weaknesses)

4. Jonathan Edwards, by George Marsden (The life of the greatest thinker in American history – a pastor in colonial America who experienced a great awakening)

5. The Autobiography of Charles Spurgeon (2 volumes – Spurgeon’s story in his own words.)

6. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, by Ian Murray (2 Volumes on the life of one of the greatest preachers of our time)

7. Kingfish, by Richard D. White, Jr. (the story of Huey P. Long, one of the most colorful and powerful politicans in American history)

8. Wilberforce, by John Pollock (a great model for Christian public servants) 

9. Enciende Una Luz, by Marcos Witt (the autobiography of one of the best-known  Christian singers in Latin America – now pastor of the hispanic congregation of Lakewood Church, in Houston)

10. The Flags of our Fathers, by James Bradley (not exactly a biography, but one of the greatest stories of courage I’ve ever read)

 11. A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vauauken (a writer influenced toward Christ by C.S. Lewis -the story of the love and loss of his wife)

 12. The Seven Story Mountain, by Thomas Merton (what led a confused young unbeliever to fall in love with Jesus and ultimately become a monk)

I’d love to hear from you – what are your top biographies?

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One Comment

  1. Go Home and Tell – the Life of Bertha Smith, missionary to China
    A Chance to Die, the life of Amy Carmichael
    Journals of Jim Elliott
    Sgt. York
    Stonewall Jackson’s Verse – not really a biography but a great glimpse into the life of Stonewall Jackson
    Nearer My God – life of William Buckley
    Jungle Pilot – story of Jim Elliott and friends


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