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- Legacy of Sovereign Joy, The: God's Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin
by John Piper
The glory of God is revealed in the imperfect lives of His faithful servants. Augustine grappled with sexual passion. Martin Luther struggled to control his tongue. John Calvin fought the battle of faith with the world's weapons. Yet each man will always be remembered as a founding father to the Christian faith because of the messages they declared. Messages that still resound today. John Piper explores each of their lives, integrating Augustine's delight in God with Luther's emphasis on the Word and Calvin's exposition of Scripture. Through their strengths and struggles he teaches us how to better live today, for when we consider their lives, we behold the glory and majesty of God--and in that, find the power to overcome our weaknesses.
- 131 Christians Everyone Should Know
by Mark Galli (Editor), Ted Olsen (Editor)
This book offers a succinct yet thorough introduction to 131 of the most intriguing, courageous, inspiring Christians who ever lived. It tells how they lived, what they believed, and how their faith affected the course of world history. Includes a timeline with a historical context for each individual, key quotes from or about each personality, and more than 60 photos.
- Andrew Murray
by William Lindner
The warmth of a deep relationship with God built on the bedrock of Biblical truth.
Born in South Africa, Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was sent to study in England at age 10. When he returned to South Africa as a pastor and evangelist, he led a revival that shook the country.
Murray's lifetime of work to deepen the spiritual life of Christians has touched the church worldwide through the legacy of his profound writings, including With Christ in the School of Prayer, Abide in Christ, and Raising Your Children for Christ. Less well-known is his involvement in church/state relations, theological debates, and the founding of universities. Murray's solidly biblical theology and fiery spiritual life made him a driving force behind the revivals of his day and a model of faithfulness for ours.
Meet the man behind some of the most beloved devotional classics of our times.
- Ben Carson
by Deborah S. Lewis, Mr. Gregg Lewis
Take an up close and personal look into the lives of some well-known Christians who are successful leaders in their careers. The Today’s Heroes series features everyday people who overcame great adversity to become modern-day heroes. Kids ages 8 to 12 will be inspired by the compelling stories of courageous individuals who are making a real difference. In Today’s Heroes: Ben Carson learn the inspiring story of an inner-city kid who went from "class dummy" to a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon. Many had given up on Ben, including himself, but his mother never did. She encouraged him to do better and reach higher for his dreams. Just when things seemed like they were going well, in a fit of rage, Ben does the unthinkable and nearly kills one his best friends. Read how Ben Carson, through faith and determination, was able to accomplish his dream.
- Billy Graham: America's Greatest Evangelist
The Inspirational Story of the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Evangelist
Billy Graham has preached the gospel message in person to more people than anyone in history, and millions more have heard him through television, radio, and film. His faithful witness is testimony to his great love of God and passion to serve Him.
This easy-to-read biography tells his story, including his humble beginnings as a southern farm boy, his calling to the ministry, the start of the crusades, his service to America’s leaders, and his later years preaching around the globe. The details of a life dedicated to the cause of Christ will encourage and inspire those who desire to give their lives in service to God.
- Blessed Hope: The Autobiography of John F. Walvoord
by John F. Walvoord, Mal Couch
It would be impossible to write the history of the evangelical church of the last half of the twentieth century without giving Dr. John Walvoord a most prominent position. For more than sixty years he has stood, without apology, for the literal interpretation of all Scripture, particularly Bible prophecy. More than any other one man he has kept the “blessed hope” of the pretribulational Rapture alive and well. As president of Dallas Theological Seminary for thirty-four years, he guided the training of more young ministers than any other person in America. He brought together the most qualified seminary faculty ever assembled. Names like Charles Ryrie, Dwight Pentecost, Merrill F. Unger, and Stanley Toussaint come to mind—all men committed to the literal interpretation of the Word of God and to the literal, physical return of Christ to set up His millennial kingdom. Dr. Walvoord’s writings, particularly on prophetic subjects, set him apart. They are interesting yet scholarly, inspiring while not being speculative, and they are accessible to the new Christian while at the same time they are meaningful for the Bible scholar. He is probably one of the most quoted pretribulational writers in the world.
- Borden of Yale
by Howard Mrs. Taylor
Born into a wealthy American family, William Borden attended Princeton Seminary and graduated from Yale. Despite an upper class upbringing, his travels around the world challenged him to the needs of the heathen world for Jesus Christ, and he purposed to make his choices count toward that goal.
As Borden trained for a life of service to the Kansu people of China, his heart and labor went out in very practical ways to the widows, orphans and cripples in the back streets of Chicago. A quiet yet powerful man, he diligently sought to win other young college men for Christ and His service.
His arrival in Egypt in 1913 was tragically marked by his contracting cerebral meningitis. His untimely death at the age of 25 was covered by nearly every newspaper in the United States as a testimony for Christ. Though "a waste" in the world's terms, both his life and his death have been a testimony and a challenge even beyond his own generation to "keep eternity's values in view."
The personal story of one whose unselfish life gives new meaning to Christian service!
- Charles Spurgeon
by Kathy Triggs
The remarkable story of "The Boy Preacher of the Fens" who became one of the truly great preachers of the nineteenth century.
Coming from a family of noted preachers, Charles Spurgeon built the Metropolitan Tabernacle into a congregation of over 6000 and added over 14,000 members during his thirty-eight-year London ministry. The combination of his clear voice, his mastery of language, his sure grasp of Scripture and a deep love for Christ produced some of the noblest preaching of any age. Though his later years were clouded by bitter controversy and failing health, he is remembered with love and respect. Through his sermons, both spoken and printed, many thousands have been led to that all-important encounter with Jesus Christ.
Inspiring insight into the life of Charles Spurgeon.
- D.L. Moody
The awkward country boy with a grade-school education who became one of the church's greatest evangelists!
D. L. Moody was a successful business man whose ministry to men on the rough streets of Chicago in the late 1850's eventually opened the way to his becoming one of America's greatest evangelists. Enlisting Ira Sankey as his gifted musical associate, Moody spent two years touring the British Isles, and attendance at their meetings reached into the millions. Returning to the States, the two men took their gospel message to the cities of America with great success. Without radio or television, over 100 million people were influenced by his ministry.
Moody founded three schools that continue to thrive today, although he was without higher education himself. And without the benefit of theological training, he reshaped Victorian Christianity and was responsible for two Christian publishing companies.
The amazing story of D. L. Moody and Ira Sankey.
- David Brainerd
by Ranelda MacK Hunsicker
David Brainerd (1718-1747) gave his very life for the good news of Jesus Christ, battling grave illness and bitter opposition in living out his insatiable passion to serve and glorify God.
This account is based upon his Journal, a devotional classic that vividly exhibits his determination to do all that he could to share the truth of the gospel with the lost before he was called to his eternal home.
Join countless others including David Livingstone, John Wesley, William Carey, and Jim Elliot in being inspired by David Brainerd, a faithful servant who humbly poured himself out as a pleasing sacrifice to God.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Life and Martydom of a Great Man Who Counted the Cost of Discipleship
by Susan Martins Miller
When Discipleship Cost Everything
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) paid the ultimate price for his faith and principles. A pastor and founding member of the Confessing Church in Germany, Bonhoeffer participated in underground conspiracies against Hitler. Best remembered for his writings, his story continues to inspire and instruct Christians more than fifty years after his death.
This gripping account of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life puts in context the horrors of Nazi Germany and the challenge Hitler presented for dedicated German Christians. The events of World War II take on a new reality when viewed through the life of one man, his family, and associates.
- E.M. Bounds
by Darrel D. King
A stirring biography of a man of prayer.
Few Christians have plumbed the depths of prayer as deeply as Edward McKendree Bounds (1835-1913), whose ministry impacted countless pastors, missionaries, and earnest Christians to see the necessity of prayer. Bounds served a s a pastor in Alabama, Tennessee, and Missouri, and as a courageous chaplain on the front lines with the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Best known for his devotional classic Power Through Prayer, Bounds was a rare leader who combined powerful writing with a gift of unusual spiritual insight.
Meet the man behind the devotional classic Power Through Prayer.
- Eric Liddell
by Catherine Swift
One of the greatest heroes of the Cross in this century
Eric Liddell, hero of the film Chariots of Fire, risked becoming a national disgrace at the 1924 Paris Olympics when he refused to run on a Sunday. Disqualifying himself from the finals, Britain's hope of a medal was sacrificed as well. But the thinly veiled criticism in the press turned to sensational acclaim when Eric entered—and won—a race for which he was completely untrained, finishing a full five meters ahead of the favorite.
He was a celebrity, but the faith which had inspired his courageous stand stirred in him again, and at the height of his fame he announced that he was leaving athletics to return as a missionary to the land of his birth, China. This story of "God's Athlete" makes for exciting reading.
From renowned Scottish athlete to missionary in China.
- First Valentine, The - VHS
Celebrate the love of Christ through the story of the origin of Valentine’s Day. In this adventure of imagination, young Tess, a shy girl of 13, discovers a new meaning for love on Valentine’s Day. Through a very special book, she meets the third century martyr Valentine and his Christian friends. They show her what it means to love others as Jesus loves us, and to receive that love in return. Recommended for ages 8-14.
- Footprints in Time: Fulfilling God's Destiny for Your Life
by Jeff O'Leary
Blink once and you enter the world. Blink twice and your life is over. Compared to Eternity, our lives go by in a blink. In that short space of time, what did God design for our lives? He designed us to fulfill a great Destiny-far greater than most people ever realize or fulfill.
Footprints in Time will take you on a great journey of discovery that will inspire, challenge and encourage you to seek, find and fulfill the great Destiny you were created for.
You will be inspired by the lives of men and women, just like you, with faults and fears, just like you. You will be amazed at how God took their simple willingness and fulfilled His great will. You will be challenged to see the idols that now rule countless hearts in our culture and how they are keeping so many from their heavenly promise. Finally, you will be encouraged to ask yourself, "If God could do it with these other men and women, why can't He do it with me?"
Footprints in Time: Fulfilling God's Destiny for your Life will change how you view your hours, days and years and the way you spend them. It will inspire you to lift up your eyes and fulfill your heavenly destiny.
- For Those Who Dare: 101 Great Christians and How They Changed the World
by John Hudson Tiner
In this work by popular educational author John Tiner, brief biographies of the most successful, influential, and renowned Christians of all time are presented. Inventors, reformers, statesmen, authors, and others from all walks of life are brought here by a common bond: a life wholly dedicated to God. Discover facts that you didn’t know about names you know well. Meet new personalities and learn obscure behind-the-scenes stories about famous inventions and discoveries. This book is a tribute to what God can do with a life given to Him.
- George Muller
by Basil Miller
The remarkable and challenging story of a man who dared to believe that God both could and would supply all of his needs whether personal or for the thousands of orphans in his care!
Though confirmed in the church at the age of 14, George Muller was raised without a real concept of God. By the time he was 16, he was in jail as a vagabond and thief.
In his early twenties he came in contact with a group of people who met regularly for prayer and Bible study. Through their witness he was brought to a turning point in his life and was born into the family of God. Daily Bible reading and prayer immediately became an important part of his Christian life and a cornerstone of his future orphanage ministry.
The personal story of one of the greatest prayer-warriors of the past century.
- God-Entranced Vision of All Things, A: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards
by John Piper (Editor), Justin Taylor (Editor)
Ten essays highlight different aspects of Jonathan Edwards's life and legacy and show how his teachings are just as relevant today as they were three centuries ago.
- Hero Tales, Vol. 1: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes
by Dave and Neta Jackson
In this beautifully illustrated treasury, Dave and Neta Jackson present the true-life stories of fifteen key Christian heroes. Each hero is profiled in a short biography and three educational yet exciting and thought-provoking anecdotes from his or her life. Ideal for family devotions, homeschooling, and more, this inspiring collection includes stories from the lives of Amy Carmichael, Martin Luther, Dwight L. Moody, John Wesley, Samuel Morris, Gladys Aylward, and nine others.
- Hero Tales, Vol. 2
by Dave & Neta Jackson
These inspiring true tales and beautiful illustrations make up two powerful treasuries, each featuring forty-five stories from influential Christian heroes' lives. Excitement and adventure allow elementary-age children to learn valuable lessons of virtue through the lives of important historical figures. Loved by parents and children alike, Dave and Neta Jackson's newly repackaged collections include the lives of heroic Christians such as Florence Nightingale, Corrie ten Boom, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, and many more.
- Hidden Smile of God, The: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd
by John Piper
William Cowper, John Bunyan and David Brainerd's faith in adversity encourages us to rest in the sovereignty of God amid our own difficulties.
- Hiding Place, The
by Corrie Ten Boom
The Hiding Place proves that the light of God's love can penetrate even the darkest recesses of despair, places like the Nazi extermination camp at Ravensbruck. After protecting Dutch Jews in a secret room in their home, Corrie ten Boom, her sister and father were discovered, arrested, and imprisoned. Only Corrie survived, but her faith in God remained strong-so strong that, after the war, she could forgive a former camp guard in a face-to-face meeting. More than just a spellbinding adventure, The Hiding Place is a life-changing story.
- Hudson Taylor
by J. Hudson Taylor
The inspiring story of one man's love for God and his unflinching commitment to present the Gospel of Christ to the Chinese.
Previously published under the title To China With Love, this book recounts the thrilling story of Hudson Taylor and the eventual formation of the China Inland Mission.
Hudson Taylor left England on September 19, 1853, and did not reach China until spring of the following year. The long and arduous voyage, persecution, poverty, and the difficulties of culture and language did not deter Taylor from the divine task of his calling. Few men have been such an instrument in God's hands for proclaiming the gospel to a vast population and bringing so many Christian churches into being.
The autobiography of a man whose influence in China is still felt today.
- Jesus the Authorized Biography: The Eyewitness Accounts by Those Who Personally Knew Him
by Gary C. Wharton
A totally chronological, all scripture account of the 4 Gospels, and including writings from the Apostle Paul
- Jim Elliot
by Kathleen White
The Thrilling Story of a Man Whose Missionary Influence is Still Felt Today
Jim Elliot, a modern martyr, gained international recognition when he died with four others at the hands of Auca Indians. His story and memoirs have become a source of missionary inspiration through the writing and speaking of his wife, Elisabeth. As a young American graduating from Wheaton College, he quickly discovered a vocation in the missionary life. The field he chose was the unexplored frontiers of Ecuador in Latin America.
Not content with bringing the Gospel to the civilized people of the country, he and his four companions flew their Piper plane over the lands of the savage Auca tribe. Their first landing meant a tragic massacre, but out of that seemingly senseless tragedy comes a powerful testimony of the call of God on one man's life.
The young American missionary who gave his life for Christ and the Auca Indians.
- John and Betty Stam
by Kathleen White
The dramatic account of one couple's courage and commitment in the face of communism.
More than seventy-five years after Hudson Taylor's pioneer missionary work in China, two young Americans, John Stam and Elizabeth Scott, set out for China as missionaries. Bound for work with Taylor's China Inland Mission, they were married after arriving in the country.
Taylor had been threatened by the infamous Boxer Rebellion, but the young couple faced a new threat at the hands of Communist soldiers. Bravely witnessing for Christ in spite of the violence and fear, they were accused of sedition and cruelly murdered at the ages of 27 and 28. Their courage in the face of death set an unforgettable standard for Christian martyrdom in the twentieth century.
Inspiring and challenging reading about true heroes of the faith.
- John Calvin
by William, Jr. Lindner
The Man Considered by Many Church Historians the Greatest Theologian After Augustine.
John Calvin (1509-1564) has few equals in church history. Creative, devoted, and provocative, Calvin was superbly educated. Setting forth his beliefs in The Institutes of the Christian Religion, he built a far-reaching doctrinal system that highlights God's glory and sovereignty. Born in France, Calvin is best defined by his work in Switzerland, where he shaped his enduring ideals for Christian faith, government, and lifestyle.
A readable, one-evening biography of a Christian thinker whose teachings have influenced every aspect of modern Christian faith and life.
- John Hyde: Apostle of Prayer
by Francis McGaw
The marvelous story of the missionary to India whose example of soul-winning through intercession is almost without parallel in the history of the church.
Setting out for India in 1892, one could have wondered how John Hyde would fair as a missionary. His slowness of speech, slightly defective hearing, and his apparent lack of enthusiasm and zeal appeared to be a hindrance to his effectiveness. But Hyde discovered the power of intercessory prayer, and the results were staggering. He proved that prayer was an evangelical force in India: by faith he claimed one soul a day, then two, then four. Through his intercessory prayer, God was able to work in remarkable ways in conventions, churches, and personal lives. It is no surprise that he was often called "The Apostle of Prayer."
A challenging testimony of what God can do through the life of one who is willing to seek His face!
- John Newton
by Catherine Swift
The amazing story of the "Old Converted Sea Captain" whose hymns are still loved today.
John Newton (1725-1807) was a British sailor whose life of sin took him to the western coast of Africa, where he became a virtual slave before getting involved in the African slave trade. His dramatic conversion during a violent storm in the North Atlantic, however, did not end his involvement with slave trading. It would be six years before he gave up his career as a sea captain and went on to become an Anglican clergyman.
Dissatisfied with the hymns of the day, Newton began writing his own, many autobiographical in nature, and is remembered for "Amazing Grace," "How Sweet the Name the Name of Jesus Sounds," and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken." In his latter years, he played a leading role in Wilberforce's political campaign against slave trading.
From a "wretched" prodigal son to a crusader against slavery.
- John Wesley
by Basil Miller
The inspiring story of a frail little man who was a giant in faith and commitment to Jesus Christ!
God needed a man like John Wesley for a particular time, and specific place and a special purpose. Patiently He worked with this chosen instrument to awaken, convict and redeem a nation. God breathed on his weaknesses and abilities alike, giving him a hunger and thirst for holiness which would not be denied. Criss-crossing his country an incredible quarter of a million miles astride a horse, he preached at thousands of outdoor evangelistic meetings. In his own pulpit, Wesley's pastoral and teaching ministry filled the pews and spilled over to other congregations, eventually unifying into a strong church body.
But the impact of John Wesley's life and ministry reaches far beyond the shores of England and the confines of Methodism. His witness to salvation and sanctification still shines through his hymns, his books, an through biographies such as this one.
- Jonathan Edwards
by David J. Vaughan
A Spiritual Giant in a Day When Spirituality Was Highly Prized
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) became the pastor of the church at Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1724. His powerful preaching launched the Great Awakening in 1734-35 and a geographically more extensive revival in 1740-41. He became a firm friend of George Whitefield, then evangelizing in America, who continued to promote the revival. Edwards was called to the presidency of the then nascent Princeton College shortly before his death.
Edwards was the most prominent American philosopher-theologian of his time. He is best known for contributing a vast body of writings to the evangelical community on not only theological issues, many of which still challenge scholars, but also metaphysics, ethics, and psychology. His influence is felt today through his works and godly example.
- Jonathan Goforth
by Rosalind Goforth
The remarkable story of a man whose influence is still felt in China today.
After conversion to Christ as a young man, Jonathan Goforth eventually arrived in China with his wife Rosalind. They endured incredible hardships, including the loss of their first child to malaria. They fled for their lives from the Boxer Rebellion. Deeply inspired by a reading of Finney's Revival Lectures, Goforth set out with renewed determination and faith to spearhead a revival which rarely has been equaled in the history of modern missions.
Goforth's amazing spiritual journey from political ambition to missionary revivalist in China.
- Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told By a Cat
by Jeanne Perego (Author), Donata Dal Molin Casagrande (Illustrator)
In this beautifully illustrated book for children, Chico the cat describes the life of his "best friend", Pope Benedict, in this authorised biography of the Pope for young people approved by the Vatican.
"Dear Children, here you will find a biography that is different than others because it is told by a cat and it is not every day a cat can consider the Holy Father his friend and sit down to write his life story," the Pope's personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Ganswein, says in the foreword.
The Pope is known for his fondness of animals, especially cats, and Joseph and Chico is narrated by Chico, a real cat who took up with the Pope in his native Germany long before he became the Pope. Chico tells the story of the life of "my best friend" from his birth in Germany in 1927, through his days as a young man, priest, bishop and cardinal.
With a colorful and sometimes amusing language, the author makes this funny cat tell us about the life of the young Joseph all the way up to his election as Pontiff on April 19, 2005. It recounts the Nazi era in Germany when the Pope was a teenager, calling the war years "one of the most dramatic and shameful times in the history of man". Later when he became Cardinal Ratzinger, Chico recounts how each time when the Cardinal returned to Germany from Rome for a vacation, the cat would run into his house and sit on his lap as he played the piano.
- Martin Luther
by Mike Fearon
The fascinating story of the frightened young monk who became the "Father of the Reformation."
When the young monk Martin Luther nailed his famous Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church in Wittenburg, his bold action ignited the fires of the Reformation that were to blaze across Europe.
But the man who defiantly criticized the corruption of the church and declared that faith in Christ was all that mattered was neither brave nor strong. Only God could help him overcome the fears and terrors that had gripped him since childhood and inspire that courage that challenged the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Luther's trial and condemnation as a heretic at the Diet of Worms, his rescue to the Wartburg Castle, his translation of the New Testament into German, and the leadership that he provided to the growing Reformation movement are legendary. This short biography makes for great reading.
"Here I stand. God help me. Amen."
- Ocean of Truth: The Story of Sir Isaac Newton
by Joyce McPherson
Sir Isaac Newton is one of history’s most renowned scientists. He independently developed the mathematical techniques known as Calculus, wrote a treatise on the properties of light and color that is still consulted by scientists, and worked out the mathematical details of the Law of Gravity. What is less well known is the depth of his Christian faith and the amount of writing, speaking, and research that he put into a defense of the tenets of Biblical theology. This book will make Newton come alive for its readers. From the detailed account of the events that led to his conversion, his Christian faith plays a central role in this biography, as it did in his life. Independent reading level is upper elementary (about 5-6th grade).
- Oswald Chambers
by David W. Lambert
Explore a life of true devotion to God
Millions have been touched by Oswald Chamber's classic book My Utmost for His Highest. Chambers is renowned for his dependence on God, his call to utter obedience, and his ability to enable others to glimpse God's glory.
Though many consider Chambers their spiritual mentor, most only know the barest fact about him that he ministered in the early part of the twentieth century, that he died young, and that his writings came to us through notes of his lectures to soldiers and college men. While Chambers was indeed a preacher and teacher, he was also an artist, poet, philosopher, even a humorist a man with a strong sense of the comic and dramatic. Here is a lively introduction to both the man and the message of Oswald Chambers.
The inspiring story of one of the most beloved Christian teachers of our time.
- Piece of the Mountain:The Story of Blaise Pascal
by Joyce McPherson
Blaise Pascal was one of the most important scientists and mathematicians of the 1600s. Not only was he a brilliant scientist, but he converted to Christianity as an adult and became a devoted apologist for the Christian faith. Of special interest to homeschooling families, this book recounts the recognition of Blaise’s remarkable talents by his father. The provisions the elder Pascal made for his son’s education are among the earliest and most successful examples of home schooling. For Christians, the account of Pascal’s conversion is particularly moving, as well as Pascal’s immediate response of sharing the Gospel with his father, sisters, and the nobleman who was his financial patron. Written by a homeschooling mother. A great read-aloud for younger children.
- Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven
by James Bryan Smith
During his life, Rich Mullins challenged the sensibilities of what it means to follow Jesus in today's world, and now in his death, he challenges all to build upon his legacy of joy, compassion, brokenness, unblinking honesty, and wonder of an Awesome God.
Author James Bryan Smith describes this book as a "devotional biography," giving readers an insight into Rich's life, but more importantly, allowing the readers to learn what was most important to Rich?urging people to draw near to God.
Now available in paperback, this new edition features new packaging and two never before published spiritual writings of Rich Mullins, including a poem written two days before his untimely death.
- River of Grace, The: The Story of John Calvin
by Joyce B. McPherson (Author), Jennifer B. Robinson (Illustrator)
This is the only biography of Calvin available for young people. Joyce focuses on Calvin's childhood and youth, tracing his days at the university and the circumstances of his conversion. She traces his early and precocious leadership of the Protestants in France, and his flight to Basel, Strassburg, and Geneva when King Francis I began executing Protestants. The result is a warm and affectionate picture of the leader of the second generation of the Protestant Reformation. This is a book worth reading out loud to younger students; older students and adults will find it a valuable introduction and aid in understanding the author of the Institutes of the Christian Religion.
- Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce
by John Piper
John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce suffered lifelong opposition and endured for the causes of gospel truth, missionary zeal, and political justice. They found, in solid doctrine and humble joy, the tough roots for habitual tenderness in response to their adversaries—without doctrinal or moral flinching. They are examples of remarkable grace.
In Book 3 in The Swans Are Not Silent series, best-selling author John Piper looks at the lives of these three great men and focuses on how they not only endured great opposition, but that they did so with joy and without bitterness. Their lives exemplify how to set a pace and finish the race before us, encouraging every heart that it is possible to jump the hurdles in our paths.
- Samuel Morris
by Lindley Baldwin
The extraordinary story of the young African who came to be called "The Apostle of Simple Faith."
While most missionary biographies detail the lives of Western missionaries, this is the story of the African missionary that God called to the United States when slavery and segregation were a way of life. Previously published under the title The March of Faith, this book details the moving life story of Samuel Morris.
After a miraculous escape from certain death during the ravages of intertribal warfare in Liberia, Africa, Kaboo was converted to Christ by Methodist missionaries and baptized under the name Samuel Morris. Traveling to America for pastoral training in the late 1880's, his trip was a missionary voyage in itself when several seamen were lead to Christ through his godly life. At Taylor University his example of faith made him a leader among the students and a challenge to the faulty.
An unforgettable biography which shows Christ's love felling all racial barriers.
- Teresa of Calcutta : Serving the Poorest of the Poor
D. Jeanene Watson.
- Through the Eyes of a Champion
by Jeff Kinley, Frank Broyles
This book is the inspiring biography of a local boy who makes good. Brandon Burlsworth excelled in high school football, making All-Conference and All-State. He walked on to the University of Arkansas to become the first All-American from that program in a decade. He was selected in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He went to mini-camp, but was killed a few days later in an auto accident. His motivation and drive to be the best stemmed from his character of integrity and the stand that he took as a Christian. His life proved that success can still be earned the "old-fashioned way." His is truly a remarkable story that will be an inspiration to all who read.
- Triumph of Truth, The: A Life of Martin Luther
by Jean Henri Merle D'Aubigne, Henry White (Translator), Mark Sidwell (Editor)
And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us.
From "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
Across the centuries, these words from the pen of Martin Luther testify mightily of the courage and faith of their author. God's grace transformed him from a fearful monk in anguish about his soul's salvation into a giant of the Faith who shook Europe by declaring boldly once again the words of the apostle Paul: "The just shall live by faith."
Luther's story was never better told than by Swiss historian Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigné. The liveliness of Merle's style, his extensive and remarkable use of original quotations, and the rich biographical color of his work make it enjoyable to read. More than that, Merle's evangelical fervor, his commitment to biblical truth, and his fundamental sympathy with the spirit of the Reformation strike a responsive chord in the heart of the Christian.
- William & Catherine: The Life and Legacy of the Booths
by Trevor Yaxley
The amazing beginnings and growth of the Salvation Army are told through the stories of its founders, William and Catherine Booth. Even when attacked by angry mobs, the Booths and their growing army preached "the power of the blood of Christ and the fire of the Holy Spirit" to the destitute, desperate people unwelcome in the churches of nineteenth-century England. This highly readable biography will introduce new readers to the worldwide ministry of the Salvation Army and the pioneers who selflessly dedicated their lives to God’s service.
- William Booth
by David Bennett
The Amazing Story of the British Evangelist Whose Heroic Efforts Touched Society's Greatest Evils
The expressions on the faces of the men, women, and children on the filthy, smelling streets of London's East End in 1865 told the sad story: for them, life would never change. They would always be poor, always hungry. No one would champion their cause.
As William Booth walked their streets, the British evangelist was deeply moved and revolted by the squalor. He knew he must dedicate his life to bringing new hope to these people. At that moment, the Salvation Army was born, and under its passionate and energetic founder began its growth into one of the most famous evangelistic agencies in the world.
The Biography of the Man They Loved to Call "The General"
- William Carey
by Basil Miller
The amazing story of a simple English cobbler who became a self-taught scholar of Hebrew and Greek, a botanist, a minister, and finally a pioneer missionary to India! His life became the model for modern missions.
Developed from letters and journals of William Carey, this challenging biography brings an understanding of the almost unbelievable sacrifices he made. The long and painfully arduous voyage from England, the primitiveness and grinding poverty of eighteenth-century India, the death of his wife and other family members did not detour Carey from God's call in his life.
Compelling missionary drama of the man whose lifetime of service became the standard for today