If you talk to me for more than a few minutes, you will quickly learn that I love to read. Some of the most helpful books I have ever read are the biographies of people who have lived in the past, and are dead now. I love "alive" people too, but there is something about reading about people who have lived their entire lives. I always want to know the end of someone’s story. I find myself disappointed so often when I hold up someone as an "ideal" Christ-follower only to hear some awful story about their immorality or indiscretions on the news. Of course people in biographies aren’t perfect, but, you’ve got the whole story there. You can see how they responded to adversity, temptations, trials, etc. Some of the biogrophies I have read have touched me so deeply, I think about them on almost a daily basis. Here are some of those titles.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
No Compromise by Melody Green
Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur by Frank L. Houghton
These 3 books are among several that have shaped my thinking in the past 20 years or so. I plan on writing a bit on each one of them in the near future. These 3 people came from 3 completely different backgrounds. They have all lived within the past 100 years. They all found the calling of Jesus to be all they ever wanted or needed for their destiny. They all lived out thier days serving and loving Jesus and his people with everything in them. They all held on to the radical idea that Jesus wanted their all, their everything. Something about that stirs me up inside, and makes me want to be like them right now, and for the rest of my life!