Tuesday’s 10: Biographies of Christians Who Are Not Pastors Or Missionaries

Last week I posted about The One Problem With Christian Biography I was seeing in the evangelical pool I swim in so comfortably. Almost every recommended bio is of pastors or missionaries. But most Christians are not pastors or missionaries.

Below are 10 books about Christians, none of whom are pastors or missionaries. Most of these were recommended to me. I can only recommend a couple of them since they are the only ones I’ve read – Lewis and Vanaucken. I’ve read a few biographies of Bradstreet since I was introduced to her poetry in college. But the others I know very little about.

It was not easy coming up with 10. Especially when you are trying to stay away from athletes and entertainers. Feel free to recommend, endorse and kindly question any of these in the comments. Or recommend more.

1. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanaucken

2. My Faith So Far: A Story of Conversion and Confusion by Patton Dodd

3. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

4. Mover of Men and Mountains by R.G. LeTourneau

5. Unplanned by Abby Johnson, Cindy lambert

6. Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent

7. Anne Bradstreet: A Guided Tour of the Life And Thought of a Puritan Poet by Heidi Nichols

8. God’s Little People In Paul’s Letters by Brian Edwards

9. Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis

10. Scientists of Faith: 48 Biographies of Historic Scientists and Their Christian Faith by Dan Graves

3 thoughts on “Tuesday’s 10: Biographies of Christians Who Are Not Pastors Or Missionaries

  1. janetstephens June 14, 2011 / 2:51 pm

    I loved The Hiding Place, Same Kind of Different as Me, and Surprised By Joy! Interested in reading a few of the other ones.

  2. Ginger Alien June 15, 2011 / 5:27 am

    One of my favorites is a book called "Ten fingers for God". It's about Dr. Paul Brand, who was a pioneer of several different treatments for leprosy. It's actually a very moving story.

  3. Italia March 15, 2012 / 4:30 am

    Same Kind of Different as Me is a very inspirational book about how even people with the greatest differences can share the deepest friendships. This book is about two men, Denver and Ron, that form and unforgettable friendship in the hardest time of Ron's life. Denver is a scary homeless black Man from Louisiana and Ron is a white upper class Texan. They meet at the Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth, Texas and they form a friendship at the urgency of Ron's wife, Debbie. They're friendship is very special to both of them and because of it they're both saved. They learn so much from each other because of their different backgrounds and beliefs about life.

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