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.
|About the Contributor(s)||John Perry
John Perry graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University, with additional studies at University College, Oxford, England. Before beginning his career as an author in 1997, he was an award-winning advertising copywriter and radio producer. John has published 21 books as an author, collaborator, or ghostwriter. He is the biographer of Sgt. Alvin York, Mary Custis Lee (wife of Robert E. Lee and great granddaughter of Martha Washington), and George Washington Carver. Among other books, he has also written about the 1925 Scopes “monkey” trial (Monkey Business, with Marvin Olasky, B&H Publishing, 2005) and contemporary prison reform (God Behind Bars, Thomas Nelson, 2006). He is a two-time Gold Medallion finalist and Lincoln Prize nominee. He lives in Nashville.
|Release Date||Sep 4, 2012|
- Review by Kenneth
10 Christians Everyone Should Know is a serious of 10 short biographies. The ten Christians are Saint Patrick, Galileo, Anne Bradstreet, John Bunyan, Johann Bach, Jane Austen, D.L. Moody, George Washington Carver, Sergeant York, and William Buckley Jr. The biographies are by multiple authors and give a brief but detailed look into each one of their lives starting with birth.
I have been reading Christian commentaries and supplementaries for a while now and just this summer I started reading Christian biographies. They have helped me grow me closer to God and have shown me a new and more exciting side of God that I never embraced before. By reading Bonheoffer by Eric Metaxas I was able to become more excited for what God was doing in the city of Philadelphia. 10 Christians Everyone Should Know gave me encouragement. But the encouragement wasn’t as long term as Bonheoffer. It would be very fitting to use as a weekly or daily devotional. The stories of these people need to be thought about and meditated on because if you just read it quickly its effects will fade quickly. If used as a devotional it could be incredibly fruitful.
I especially liked the biography of Saint Patrick. He went to the “ends of the earth” (AKA Ireland) and preached the Gospel to barbarians. He converted a great number of people and it showed me how great lengths some people went to evangelize since Paul.
The biographies are all exciting and easy to read. The authors do a great job showing us a broad range of different types of Christianity that are still yet all about Jesus.
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(Posted on 8/13/2012)
- Review by Debra
So, who are the ten Christians everyone should know? There are a couple people on here I would NEVER have guessed would be included.
Johann Sebastian Bach
D. L. Moody
George Washington Carver
William F. Buckley, Jr.
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. (Posted on 8/13/2012)