Christians in the twenty-first century need encouragement and inspiration to lead lives that honor God. When faith is weak or the pressures of the world seem overwhelming, remembering the great men and women of the past can inspire us to renewed strength and purpose. Our spiritual struggles are not new, and the stories of those who have gone before us can help lead the way to our own victories.Publishers Description
Christians in the twenty-first century need encouragement and inspiration to lead lives that honor God. When faith is weak or the pressures of the world seem overwhelming, remembering the great men and women of the past can inspire us to renewed strength and purpose. Our spiritual struggles are not new, and the stories of those who have gone before us can help lead the way to our own victories.
"50 People Every Christian Should Know "gives a glimpse into the lives of such people as Charles H. Spurgeon, G. Campbell Morgan, A. W. Tozer, Fanny Crosby, Amy Carmichael, Jonathan Edwards, James Hudson Taylor, and many more. Combining the stories of fifty of these faithful men and women, beloved author Warren W. Wiersbe offers today's readers inspiration and encouragement in life's uncertain journey.
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Release Date Apr 1, 2009
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|Makes You Want To Read Even More! May 22, 2010|
|Warren Wiersbe gives short biographical sketches of some of the coolest Christians who ever lived. Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield, Charles Simeon, Amy Carmichael, Alexander Maclaren,Frances Ridley Havergal, and many others make appearances in these pages.|
The flow of the narratives are often interrupted by book recommendations. Some people will be put off by this, but I loved it because Wiersbe's love for reading makes him a man after my own heart.
Moreover, the writings of these great Christians are important aspects of their lives that are often overlooked.
I should say that this book originally appeared as two volumes, and before that, as articles in Christian magazines. But it's all here now in one handy volume.
|A Must Read! Apr 27, 2010|
|I picked up a copy of this book recently and have found it to be one of the most challenging books I have ever read. I would consider this a must read, especially for pastors and teachers. If you can't afford it now, put it on your "wish-list" and request it for Christmas. You won't be disappointed.|
|If you are a Christian, you should have this Book! Feb 6, 2010|
|Originally downloaded to my Kindle, however, I will be purchasing the hard copy for my library as well. These truly are 50 lives that every Christian should know about, and re-read when you think you have it oh so bad!|
|Christian Biographies Dec 9, 2009|
|The stories are very good. There was one theme in many stories which made me uncomfortable. In the stories I read, it seemed to have a bias against Catholicism. It wasn't mentioned outright but, to me, most of the people stood against the 'early' church and those leading it. In any denomination you will find times and people who abused their positions of authority.|
|A delightful and faith-building book Nov 6, 2009|
|A. W. Tozer once rightly said, "Next to the Holy Scriptures, the greatest aid to the life of faith may be Christian biographies." Can I supplement this by saying that next to a good Christian biography, the next most helpful aid is a series of brief biographical sketches.|
That is what Warren Wiersbe has provided us with here: a set of short yet inspiring and helpful mini-biographies of fifty great saints of God from the past few centuries. It is a great collection of articles about a number of leading Christian evangelists, pastors and preachers.
Some of those featured here include F. B. Meyer, Charles H. Spurgeon, G. Campbell Morgan, D. L. Moody, A. W. Tozer, Fanny Crosby, Oswald Chambers, Amy Carmichael, Jonathan Edwards, James Hudson Taylor, George Whitefield, and R. A. Torrey.
The majority of these figures are Protestant pastors and preachers of the last two centuries. Thus not too many Catholics or women are found here, but there are some of each. The selection of course reflects the ministry of Wiersbe - he is a pastor, preacher and writer who for many years was pastor of Moody Church in Chicago.
He has written numerous books on preaching, and has edited a series of books on great sermons. The 50 biographical sketches offered here first appeared in several Christian magazines. They are arranged by birth date, so Katherine von Bora (b. 1499 - the wife of Martin Luther) is the first, while William Culbertson (b. 1905) is the last.
Reading them in sequences is valuable for various reasons. One can clearly note the way in which one person had a marked influence on others. Indeed, many of those featured here worked with or supported the ministry of others also found in this collection.
Some common themes emerge as one reads all fifty stories. For example, it is interesting to note how many of these great leaders struggled with depression, were filled with self-doubt, or had a low view of their own ministry and success. Many were lonely, and some were tempted to give it all away at times.
One can also see the very important role that reading played in the lives of so many of these spiritual giants. It is a well-known truth that leaders are readers. Many of those mentioned here had a deep love for books, reading, study and theology. Spurgeon of course had a library of some twelve thousand volumes.
Or consider the great Scottish preacher W. Robertson Nicoll (1851-1923). "He read an average of two books a day and edited a weekly journal, three monthly magazines, and a steady stream of scholarly books." Indeed, "he managed to write over forty books of his own, and compile, edit, or supervise the publication of over 250 more titles."
One often gets a laugh out of some of these figures. Wiersbe informs us that during the winter months in Scotland, Nicoll was basically confined to his home and his books. Nicoll later said, "I always look back with pleasure to my three months each winter there, when I was a prisoner alone with my cat and my books."
At least he was not married at the time. But he could say this at a time when he was married, while in England: "I feel rather lonely and depressed here away from my books." Says Wiersbe, "His books and his cats and his publications were his life". He tells us that "Nicoll's library contained twenty-five thousand volumes, including five thousand biographies! `I have for years read every biography I could lay my hands on, and not one has failed to teach me something,' he wrote."
Of course a major theme found throughout these mini-biographies is the importance of holiness, the deeper life, total commitment to Christ, and the need for personal sanctification. The many quotes along these lines which Wiersbe presents are alone worth the price of the book. Here are a few choice nuggets:
"It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likenesses to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God." (Robert Murray McCheyne)
"The work will never go deeper than we have gone ourselves." (Amy Carmichael)
"You can never give another person that which you have found, but you can make him homesick for what you have." (Oswald Chambers)
"Preaching that costs nothing accomplishes nothing." (John Henry Jowett)
"All the calls of the gospel are calls to hardship, to sacrifice, to battle. Christ would have no man follow him under the delusion that he was going to have an easy time of it." (Welsh preacher J. D. Jones)
"Power for service is second; power for holiness and character is first. The first, second, and third requisite for our work is personal godliness." (Alexander Maclaren)
There is just an enormous amount of helpful and encouraging information here. We can always learn so much - and grow so much - when we study the lives of great men and women who have gone before. As we do, we see that total dedication and obedience to Christ is really the only secret of Christian success.
There are no magic bullets here; no quick fixes to spirituality. Only the old and true methods will do: dying to self, taking up our cross, and serving others, just as our Lord had demonstrated. As Wiersbe rightly notes, "Far too many Christians are scurrying around looking for special meetings, thinking that extraordinary experiences will make them better Christians."
As you move though this book your appetite should be whetted for more. And Wiersbe does not disappoint - he provides plenty of recommendations for further reading for each of these fifty saints. He mentions numerous books both by and about these great men and women of God.
This book is simply a delight to read. It is a tremendous faith-builder and a spiritual eye-opener. It helps to set the bar higher, so we are not content to settle for second best. When we get a glimpse of some of these radiant, Christ-centred lives, we will no longer want to embrace mediocrity, but move on to the very best we can have, and be, in Christ.
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