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Top 20 biographies worth reading

Gain encouragement, insight and godly wisdom from these inspirational biographies of men of women of Faith.

1. Run Baby Run

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The Story of Nicky Cruz is a compelling testimony of one man traveling from his childhood home in Puerto Rico, to the gang streets of New York. A tale wrought with violence and gore, it’s the story of a powerful man powerless within, until he eventually experiences an amazing conversion.

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2. Born Again

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After seven months in prison for affiliation with the infamous Watergate scandal, Charles W. Colson recorded his own story in the book, Born Again. The memoir explores his fall from power and prestige to imprisonment and humiliation.

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3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer led a Christian life full of adventure and intrigue, as a spy no less. The biography not only sheds light on Bonhoeffer’s participation in the infamous Valkyrie plot, but also his other work attempting to destroy Hitler from the inside. The book features historic documents unseen elsewhere.

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4. Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham

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Every Christian knows Billy Graham and his awe-inspiring evangelistic work. Preaching to millions and traveling the world to spread the gospel, Graham’s story is one that inspires Christians to do their part, share the Word and follow God’s calling.

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5. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

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A remarkable figure of African American freedom and a woman of faith, Harriet Tubman lived a life deserving of much recognition. From her participation in slave uprisings, to her work leading slaves to freedom in the North, she changed countless lives. This biography has received rave reviews for its thorough research and intriguing writing.

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6. Out of the Devil’s Cauldron

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A chilling and frightening true story, John Ramirez’s autobiography is enough to make any Christian uncomfortable. Ramirez divulges his life as a high priest for a satanic cult, until he became one of the very few who made it out alive.

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7. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

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Nabeel Qureshi started out Muslim and ended up Christian, through a miraculous spiritual journey filled with introspection. A man who once rebuked Christianity became a foremost speaker on the faith and its history.

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8. The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun

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A long title for an impressive book! Brother Yun faced torture and imprisonment for his faith in China. Despite all his obstacles, the man with a life so different from yours and mine only further emphasizes the love and grace of Christ.

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9. I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

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The first African American to play major league baseball, Jackie Robinson’s story is one of race, faith and determination. The book takes readers all the way from Robinson’s time as an athlete in college to the years preceding his death.

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10. The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene H. Peterson

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Peterson, while not a well-known Christian figure, still tells an inspiring story regarding his spiritual journey . The book holds many insights as to what it means to be a pastor, what the church requires and the problems with the church today.

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11. The Autobiography of George Muller

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Told through excerpts from George Muller’s diary, this story is one of unwavering faith, trust and hope in God. As George Muller triumphs over his own hardships, he’s lead to establish orphanages for thousands of English children, often with only God’s promise to rely on.

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12. Surprised by Joy/The Four Loves

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In both Surprised by Joy and The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis gives an account of his own faith and his thoughts on Christianity itself. Surprised by Joy traces the famed writer’s life through traditional Christianity, atheism and the strong faith he’s known for, while The Four Loves explores his views on affection, friendship, eroticism and charity.

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13. The Hiding Place

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A popular Christian heroine, Corrie Ten Boom and her autobiography have been praised amongst many Christians for decades. The fearless woman and her family, living in Holland during World War II, risked everything to protect the Jews as part of the Dutch resistance. The ultimate price for their actions? Imprisonment in Dutch and German concentration camps.

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14. Gifted Hands

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Ben Carson rose from a childhood of poverty and anger to become the famous head of neurosurgery at one of the premier hospitals in the world, Johns Hopkins. His success isn’t only the result of hard work and good fortune, however. This book shows how God played a role in getting Carson to where he is today.

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15. Amazing Grace in the Life of  William Wilberforce

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A book by John Piper, this biography explores the encouraging life of William Wilberforce. The plot follows Wilberforce through his fights against slavery within the British Empire and his fight for the abolition of the African slave trade.

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16. Living a Life of Fire: An Autobiography by Reinhard Bonnke

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Filled with photos, this book covers the life and ministry of Reinhard Bonnke in a way its never been explored before. The text is filled with anecdotes regarding the men and women saved through Bonnke’s work, a number that is estimated to be in the tens of millions.

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17. Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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It’s no secret Nelson Mandela is revered worldwide. This autobiography tells his full story, sparing no details of his difficult life, as he rose above his circumstances through his powerful morals and heroic courage.

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18. William Tyndale: A Biography

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Born in 1494, William Tyndale produced the very first English translation of the Bible, made for the common masses. A knowledgeable man, especially for his time, Tyndale eventually paid for his actions with his life.

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19. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Another African American hero, Martin Luther King, Jr. is the face of freedom and equality to many. The first-person account created by scholar Clayborne Carson starts from the very beginning of King’s life and takes readers on a journey through his time as a minister, his work in the civil rights movement and his relationships with the most important men of the era.

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20. Evidence Not Seen 

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Young American missionary Darlene Deibler Rose survived four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp.

 

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