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Weekly SNAC, 28 August 2016 - Being encouraged by Christians who went before us




In the Communion service of the Anglican Prayer book there is a line in the prayers that says “we bless your holy name for all your servants who have died in the faith of Christ. Give us grace to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of your eternal kingdom”.

I was reminded of this prayer recently when I was asked by a Christian sister what Christian biographies I would recommend. Christian biographies are a great way to be encouraged as you read how the gospel has changed the lives of those who went before us.

I have a good little collection of biographies on my book shelf collected over the years but I thought I’d take the opportunity to cast the net a little wider and find the most popular Christian biographies (according to a survey on the Gospel Coalition website – see link below). It was good to see a few of the biographies I enjoyed were there but I also discovered a few new ones to put on my reading list.

So, in order that you can join me and my Christian sister in praising God for these servants of Christ – here is an abbreviated list of biographies you might like to read:






George Marsden, Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale University Press, 2003).






Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (1st ed., 1967; new edition with an epilogue, California University Press, 2000).







Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (1950; reprint, Penguin, 1995).







Bruce Gordon, Calvin (Yale University Press, 2009).








Harry S. Stout, A Divine
Dramatist: George
Whitefield and the Rise of
Evangelicalism (Eerdmans
, 1991)







Iain H. Murray, D. Martyn
Lloyd-Jones: Volume 1,
The First Forty Years,
1899-1939 (Banner of
Truth, 1982) and D. Marty
Lloyd Jones: Volume 2,
The Fight of Faith, 1939-
1981 (Banner of Truth,




Courtney Anderson, To the
Golden Shore: the life of
Adoniam Judson (1956;
reprint, Judson Press,






Eric etaxas, Bonhoeffer:
Pastor, Martyr, Prophet,
Spy (2010).






Thank God for these servants of Christ!

In my next Weekly SNAC article I would love to include a list of good Missionary Biographies.
If you have any recommendations then please send them through to me!

Jason Veitch

[ You can find the full Gospel Coalition list here:
justintaylor/2013/10/04/the-best-biographies-survey-says/ ]

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