I love Christian Biographies. A little over two years ago I got really into reading Christian biographies. I have probably read over 30 now!
I always encourage anyone who wants to go deeper in their faith to pick up a couple of Christian Biographies.
So I thought I would share a list of my personal favourite biographies. After reading these my life was changed, and I hope yours will be too!
Why Christian Biographies?
I personally love reading from this category because of how you can clearly see God at work through the stories of His followers.
Don’t get me wrong I love the actual stories and how exciting they are but I primarily read them to see how God is at work. How He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow regardless of the different situations, theological beliefs and circumstances of the people in each story.
He never changes. And He has chosen to use us as His hands and feet in the World. But even better, when zoomed back with the ability to see someones story somewhat fully in book format, we can truly see how he was working all things together for our good and His glory!
I love that!
Top 10 Christian Biographies
Although I have titled this post the best christian biographies, these are just my favourites. And I haven’t even scrapped the surface of all the amazing Christian Biographies out there.
But we all need to start somewhere.
- I Dared to Call Him Father
- Ruth A Portrait
- Evidence Not Seen
- The Hiding Place
- God Smuggler
- Kisses From katie
- Tramp for the Lord
- A chance to die
- Gladys Alyward
- The Autobiographie of George Muller
First lets start with my top three!
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My top three favourite Christian Biographies
I have chosen these three as my absolute favourites for a number of reasons. All three are actually very diverse in the types of people they are written about and the time period they are written from.
All three of my top picks are very well written. This isn’t the case for a lot of CB’s but these three are so well written they just draw you in.
As I read each of these I was blown away by the intricate working of God displayed in these three stories. Of course you see Him in every Christian Biography but these three gave me chills when reading them.
I Dared To Call Him Father
I have read I dared to call Him Father twice now and I love love love it. It’s about a woman named Bilquis Sheikh who grew up in the Muslim faith and was converted to Christianity later on in life.
Hearing one women’s testimony of how God drew her to himself especially from across the world in an Eastern culture so different from mine was truly inspiring. This is a must read for any Christian in my opinion and should be at the top of your list!
Ruth A Portrait
I read this biography a couple months ago and it is about Ruth Bell Graham the wife of Billy Graham. This book is so well written by Patricia Cornwell and the life of Ruth is fascinating.
This account of Ruth’s life is so amazing because it shows God’s faithfulness in Ruth’s life when she was called to a hard life but one that was hard for different reasons than most Christian Biographies.
We can often think the only Christian Biographies worth reading are the ones about missionaries who went to far off places and almost died for The Gospel.
Though Ruth’s story is primarily focused in the United States its an encouragement to remember that whatever God calls us to in this life He will equip us for and be faithful in!
Evidence Not Seen
Evidence Not Seen is the most recent biography I have read and I cried through most of it. Even though Darlene’s story is incredibly hard its so beautiful. I mean a true beauty from the ashes testimony. It was incredible and I highly recommend it!
So those are my top three choices. These next options are also all amazing and I almost couldn’t choose a top three from them!
The Best Christian Biographies Book List
Working undercover for God, a mission that continues to this day, has made Brother Andrew one of the all-time heroes of the faith. His narrow escapes from danger to share the love of Jesus will encourage and embolden believers in their own walks of faith.
For thirty-five years Corrie’s dramatic life story, full of timeless virtues, has prepared readers to face their own futures with faith, relying on God’s love to overcome, heal, and restore. Now releasing in a thirty-fifth anniversary edition for a new generation of readers, The Hiding Place tells the riveting story of how a middle-aged Dutch watchmaker became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s death camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century.
Kisses from Katie invites readers on a journey of radical love down the red dirt roads of Uganda. You’ll laugh and cry with Katie as she follows Jesus into the impossible and finds joy and beauty beneath the dust. Katie and her children delight in saying yes to the people God places in front of them and challenge readers to do the same, changing the world one person at a time.
A Chance to Die is a vibrant portrayal of Amy Carmichael, an Irish missionary and writer who spent fifty-three years in south India without furlough. There she became known as “Amma,” or “mother,” as she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a refuge for underprivileged children.
In 1940, Corrie ten Boom was living with her father and sister above their watch shop in Haarlem when their country was invaded. Armed with the gift of their faith and their belief in doing what was right, this devoutly Christian family provided sanctuary for persecuted Jews. Before long, the Nazis captured Corrie and her family and sent them to a concentration camp, where Corrie lost both her sister and father.
But remarkably, throughout this turbulent time, from her near-destitute days in postwar New York to her heart-stopping adventures in Africa, Corrie sustained the faith in God that helped her become one of the most beloved evangelists of her time.
With no mission board to support or guide her, and less than ten dollars in her pocket, Gladys Aylward left her home in England to answer God’s call to take the message of the gospel to China. With the Sino-Japanese War waging around her, she struggled to bring the basics of life and the fullness of God to orphaned children. Time after time, God triumphed over impossible situations, and drew people to Himself. The Little Woman tells the story of one woman’s determination to serve God at any cost. With God all things are possible!
What can be accomplished in an ordinary man who trusts in an extraordinary God? George Müller discovered the endless possibilities!
These excerpts from his diary allow Müller to tell his own story. Join him on his journey from a life of sin and rebellion to his glorious conversion. Share his struggles and triumphs as he establishes orphan homes to care for thousands of English children, depending on God’s response to his prayer of faith to supply all things. You will learn how to:
- Pray in faith and receive answers
- Seek God for direction
- Find the ultimate purpose for your life
- Rest in God’s loving care
George Müller’s unwavering, childlike dependence upon his heavenly Father will inspire you to confidently trust the God of the impossible in every area of your life.
At the time of writing this both Kisses From Katie and Tramp for the Lord are FREE on Audible. I own both the actual book of Kisses from Katie and the audiobook. I love to listen to it often because Katie is so amazing at speaking the truth of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus throughout the book and its less a story about her and more a story about the amazing God she follows!
I hope you enjoyed this list, I would love to hear of your favourite Christian Biographies in the comments below!