We are total book people in our family — at least my husband and I are. My husband, as a pastor, has 3 rooms of books at the church with over 25 bookcases full of books. I have my teaching books, my Christian fiction books, my kid books, and my women Bible study books.
One type of book I really enjoy reading is biographical types of books. Many times I like reading books where several short biographies are presented in one book. I can read one chapter quickly and save the others for another day.
This is probably why I enjoy the John C. Maxwell books so much. They are like mini-biographies on different characters in the Bible with applications we can make to our own lives.
Here are a few other books I have read that have short biographical chapters for different people. Many are Christian biographies. Some are historical biographies.
- 50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith by Warren Wiersbe
- 50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning From Heroines Of The Faith
- Lightkeepers Girls Box Set: Includes Ten Girls Who Changed the World, Ten Girls Who Didn’t Give In, Ten Girls Who Made a Difference, Ten Girls Who Made History, and Ten Girls Who Used Their Talents
- Lightkeepers Boys Box Set: Includes Ten Boys who Changed the World, Ten Boys who Didn’t Give In, Ten Boys who Made a Difference, Ten Boys who Made History, and Ten Boys who Used Their Talents
- What Really Happened in Ancient Times: A Collection of Historical Biographies
- What Really Happened During The Middle Ages: A Collection Of Historical Biographies
- What Really Happened in Colonial Times: A Collection of Historical Biographies
There are several more suggestions for biographies HERE. I bought a couple just reading them — that’s how into books I am. Christian Leaders Of The 18th Century was only 99 cents on the Kindle app, and I had a $1 credit, so I got that one for free!
One book that I am interested in reading is a brand new book that I was just given to review. I did not receive any compensation for the book. It is titled, Ordinary People Extraordinary God: 17 Personal Stories of Lives Transformed by the Love of God by Rich Schatz with Stephen Eyre.
What’s interesting about this book is that it isn’t well know heroes of the faith or famous preachers or martyrs. These 17 people are just everyday people who let God work in their lives. The book should be an encouragement to readers that God can use anybody for His honor and glory.
The book shares about 17 of Schatz’s personal friends who were “ordinary” people that reached others with God’s love and grace. It shares “that all God needs from His followers is their availability because He will supply everything else that is needed to get His work done.”
Whatever it is, many of us deep inside fear we are not good enough or smart enough or capable enough to do anything important for God. But we must not listen to these messages — either from ourselves or from others. Instead, we must listen to God, and He says we are more than enough.Rich Schatz
I love this concept because we are all average people — that God can use in amazing ways. We just need to believe His promises:
- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
- Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
Here are the John Maxwell blog posts:
Running with the Giants Book:
- Moses: Live in the Faith Zone, Not the Safe Zone
- Nehemiah: We Need Help!
- Abraham: God Always Does the Right Thing
- Noah: Make a Difference!
- Joseph: Don’t Give Up
- Jonathan: Big Picture Thinking
- David: How’s Your Kid’s Heart?
- Naaman’s wife’s servant girl: One Small Act Can Make a Big Difference
- Rebekah: Going the Extra Mile
- Rahab: God’s Story is Full of Surprises
- Sarah: Waiting on God
- Ruth: Follow Your Heart?
- Hannah: God Answers
- Abigail: Never Underestimate the Power of One Small Act
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