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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 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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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 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.

30 review for 50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Excellent book. I rate it 4 stars because there is little room for depth here (of course there isn't meant to be) and the writer "occasionally" disagrees with the person he's writing about and it "occasionally" shows...but not badly. I don't know if every Christian actually needs to know these people, but I'm pretty sure you'll be interested in them and possibly grow a bit. From theologians, apologists, and evangelists to hymn and verse writers (Like Spurgeon, Moody and Tozer) to little know peo Excellent book. I rate it 4 stars because there is little room for depth here (of course there isn't meant to be) and the writer "occasionally" disagrees with the person he's writing about and it "occasionally" shows...but not badly. I don't know if every Christian actually needs to know these people, but I'm pretty sure you'll be interested in them and possibly grow a bit. From theologians, apologists, and evangelists to hymn and verse writers (Like Spurgeon, Moody and Tozer) to little know people (like Katherine von Bora [well at least I was unaware of her]) you'll find interesting "mini-biographies" here. You'll get a thumbnail sketch of the people involved and then there are "the author's" recommendation for more extensive reading by and about the person in question. Of course there will be some disagreement I suppose as to who would go on this list (I would definitely have included C.S.Lewis, but then maybe he thought everyone already knew C.S.Lewis). Still as I said, pretty good book and worth reading. I can recommend this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Really enjoyed this again. I read this about 5 yrs ago and I think Im going to try to do it every year. Wonderfully told stories about people who loved and served the Lord. I was encouraged with every bio and listened to it with my husband. We've had wonderful talks about the lives of the people who have shared their journey with us. Thank you Lord for all of them. Really enjoyed this again. I read this about 5 yrs ago and I think Im going to try to do it every year. Wonderfully told stories about people who loved and served the Lord. I was encouraged with every bio and listened to it with my husband. We've had wonderful talks about the lives of the people who have shared their journey with us. Thank you Lord for all of them.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carina Shephard

    4 stars // read May 2021 A more accurate title for this book might have been "50 People Every Preacher Should Know", since it was definitely geared towards that audience. While the author includes some household names ( A.W. Tozer, Jonathan Edwards, C. H. Spurgeon) the majority of the book featured people who have been largely lost to history. The writing style was very readable considering the format and content- the author writes as if he's old friends with each person. The "For Further Readin 4 stars // read May 2021 A more accurate title for this book might have been "50 People Every Preacher Should Know", since it was definitely geared towards that audience. While the author includes some household names ( A.W. Tozer, Jonathan Edwards, C. H. Spurgeon) the majority of the book featured people who have been largely lost to history. The writing style was very readable considering the format and content- the author writes as if he's old friends with each person. The "For Further Reading" lists in the back are very helpful; it would've been nice to have a brief, one-sentence description of each person, since most of them run together in my head as "a preacher from Scotland/Wales/England." I would recommend this book if you are a). a preacher or b). a layperson who is very interested in obscure figures from church history.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rod Horncastle

    This has made my top 10 list of all-time. I'm constantly grabbing it off the shelf and digging in. I'm still trying to get familiar with these 50 great Christians. This book has caused me to start reading even longer biographies of these theologians, Pastors, Evangelists and Missionaries. The great common thread is the seriousness of how these people use the Bible. I must admit I find it also very fascinating who got left off this list (John Wesley, Popes, celebrities). I fully approve of Warren This has made my top 10 list of all-time. I'm constantly grabbing it off the shelf and digging in. I'm still trying to get familiar with these 50 great Christians. This book has caused me to start reading even longer biographies of these theologians, Pastors, Evangelists and Missionaries. The great common thread is the seriousness of how these people use the Bible. I must admit I find it also very fascinating who got left off this list (John Wesley, Popes, celebrities). I fully approve of Warren's incredible list of inspiration.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book because I like to read biographies of interesting people. This book was perfect for reading a small portion before I fall asleep. I kept it at bedside. Now that I've read "snapshots" of different biographies I can choose from many possibilities for my next reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because I like to read biographies of interesting people. This book was perfect for reading a small portion before I fall asleep. I kept it at bedside. Now that I've read "snapshots" of different biographies I can choose from many possibilities for my next reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    A summary of great heros of the faith, a few of which I had never heard of. A good read, although a few of the chapters could have highlighted the people themselves more than what they wrote, or who they enjoyed reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Georgia Herod

    This book is a compilation of 3-5 page biographical chapters on significant people who have impacted the world through ministry, missions, music, teaching, preaching, and writing. Weirsbe also includes recommended suggestions for further reading, not only other biographies but also books written by the various subjects. Amy Carmichael, Fanny Crosby, Katharina von Bora (Luther’s wife), A.W. Tozer, Charles Spurgeon, F.W. Boreham, among many others (both well-known and less known). Very readable. T This book is a compilation of 3-5 page biographical chapters on significant people who have impacted the world through ministry, missions, music, teaching, preaching, and writing. Weirsbe also includes recommended suggestions for further reading, not only other biographies but also books written by the various subjects. Amy Carmichael, Fanny Crosby, Katharina von Bora (Luther’s wife), A.W. Tozer, Charles Spurgeon, F.W. Boreham, among many others (both well-known and less known). Very readable. The impact of the book is that though these spiritual giants are no longer alive, their lives still speak to us. I am challenged and inspired by their lives.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I am savoring this book. I love the details about these great saints. Warren Wiersbe has taken what seems to be a lifetime of reading about these remarkable people and compiled it into one book. Wiersbe hasn't left out any of the fun details either. One of my favorite quotes that he has author is:"A good book is like a seed: it produces fruit that has in it seed for more fruit. It is not a picture on the wall; it is a window that invies us to wider horizons." I am savoring this book. I love the details about these great saints. Warren Wiersbe has taken what seems to be a lifetime of reading about these remarkable people and compiled it into one book. Wiersbe hasn't left out any of the fun details either. One of my favorite quotes that he has author is:"A good book is like a seed: it produces fruit that has in it seed for more fruit. It is not a picture on the wall; it is a window that invies us to wider horizons."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I really wanted to like this book but just didn't. What had the potential to be a powerful biography of great heroes of the faith ended up falling far short. while there are moments where these lives are impactful and there are a few great quotes, far too much of the book is simply a bibliography of the author's favorite books by the subjects. Overall, this was a dry and slow read. I really wanted to like this book but just didn't. What had the potential to be a powerful biography of great heroes of the faith ended up falling far short. while there are moments where these lives are impactful and there are a few great quotes, far too much of the book is simply a bibliography of the author's favorite books by the subjects. Overall, this was a dry and slow read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yibbie

    I know I am in the minority about this book, I but didn’t enjoy it. Maybe that’s because I’m confused about the overall point of the book. Also, I’m a little disappointed. First, let’s talk about the title, 50 People Every Christian Should Know. I went into this book expecting, from the title, some truly world-changing Christian leaders such as Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Knox, and Tyndale. But that’s not the status of the men and women discussed in this book. Nor does it draw more than three o I know I am in the minority about this book, I but didn’t enjoy it. Maybe that’s because I’m confused about the overall point of the book. Also, I’m a little disappointed. First, let’s talk about the title, 50 People Every Christian Should Know. I went into this book expecting, from the title, some truly world-changing Christian leaders such as Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Knox, and Tyndale. But that’s not the status of the men and women discussed in this book. Nor does it draw more than three or four bios from the last 250 years of English speaking Church. So while the majority of the biographies in this book are inspiring and encouraging, and the Lord used many of these people to reach multitudes of souls for His glory, they are hardly the world changers I expected. Now, these articles doubtless read much better as the originally intended individual articles, but as a book, they are a little confusing. Is it a group of biographies? Is it a group of book reviews? Is it aimed at the average Christian? Is it aimed at preachers? Maybe a better title would have been, 50 Authors Every Preacher Should Know because a large part of each short section was spent recommending that everyone, but especially preachers, read their sermons, articles, or books. After a while, it got a little bogged down as he explained who published each book. He especially recommends many of the works for their value to pastors in forming their own ministries. Then there were a couple of inclusions that I found a little troubling. I could understand if the point of including people with dangerous doctrine was to warn about them, but Wiersbe included them with favorable reviews and recommendations for their books. The ones I found most troubling were John Henry Newman who eventually left his church and became a Catholic, Henry Drummond who spent much of his time trying to convince the Church to accept evolution and higher criticism, and one more (I can’t remember his name) who was an annihilationist. Even Moody wouldn’t allow the latter to work in his ministry. Again I understand warning about the errors of these men, but why recommend their books as valuable resources. Wiersbe recommends them in one breath for examples of say how to write a sermon but in the next breath says beware of their doctrine. I just don’t understand why they were included. Maybe if the author had taken more time to explain what he found valuable I would not be so confused. So this book just didn’t work for me. I would recommend finding another resource if you are interested in Church history or Christian biographies.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.H. Cobb

    This book was an enjoyable read—fifty short chapters composed of biographies of post-reformation Christians, starting with Luther’s wife, Katherine von Bora. A parade of well-known and unknown (to me, anyway) preachers and missionaries fill the pages with excellent biographical sketches and reading recommendations if you want to know the individuals better. On the positive side the book was very encouraging in that it detailed how God used very different people, with an assortment of strengths, w This book was an enjoyable read—fifty short chapters composed of biographies of post-reformation Christians, starting with Luther’s wife, Katherine von Bora. A parade of well-known and unknown (to me, anyway) preachers and missionaries fill the pages with excellent biographical sketches and reading recommendations if you want to know the individuals better. On the positive side the book was very encouraging in that it detailed how God used very different people, with an assortment of strengths, weaknesses, and eccentricities. It provides hope that God can use me with my own quirks. It was also humbling to observe the almost super-human discipline these men and women of God displayed in their studies and their ministries. Unsurprisingly, there wasn’t a lazy one among them. It motivates me to do better. On the negative side I was surprised to see some of the characters that Wiersbe wrote about, whose theological commitments to the substitutionary atonement of Christ were suspect at best or completely absent at worst. Apparently their greatness as homileticians, combined with the crowds they drew, covered a multitude of sins. Some of these could be identified as unvarnished theological liberals. That said, I walked away from this book almost more impressed by Wiersbe himself than by the individuals he wrote about, although I don’t believe that was his intention. The breadth and volume of Wiersbe’s reading is nothing short of astounding. To read all the books of sermons and biographies and “Yale Lectures on Preaching” that he recommends would take me multiple lifetimes. Wiersbe must be a speed reader and a man of prodigious memory. Three-and-a-half stars. Recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Olson

    About preachers, for preachers Interesting read, but mostly highlights strong preachers and what current preachers should be reading. Not much variety in occupation or geographical origin. Highly critical of the current generation of ministers. I learned a lot, but his constant criticism of the present cheapened his review of the past.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Mosier Warren

    Overall I really appreciate this book. It is a great overview of Christian leaders. I enjoyed getting to know some new names and it is helpful for those who don't know where to start with Christian "founding fathers". That being said, sometimes Wiersbe seems to think that there are no solid Christian leaders today. When he would make comments about the lack of "such a man of God in today's generation" it was mostly distracting to me. I also wish there had been a bit more of a diverse mix of peop Overall I really appreciate this book. It is a great overview of Christian leaders. I enjoyed getting to know some new names and it is helpful for those who don't know where to start with Christian "founding fathers". That being said, sometimes Wiersbe seems to think that there are no solid Christian leaders today. When he would make comments about the lack of "such a man of God in today's generation" it was mostly distracting to me. I also wish there had been a bit more of a diverse mix of people, instead of mostly white men who mostly went to Moody.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Borders

    Such a GREAT resource for learning the lives of 50 great Christians - spurs me on to live well!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    This is another e-book I read on the phone. I bought it because I'm always on the lookout for biographies of Christians, so this one caught my eye. The biographical essays originally appeared in the Moody Monthly magazine and The Good New Broadcaster and are re-printed for a second time here. The original context remains palpable, especially because there are times in the last half to two-thirds of the book that the biographies start to be resemble 'Seven Degrees of Separation from D.L. Moody'. This is another e-book I read on the phone. I bought it because I'm always on the lookout for biographies of Christians, so this one caught my eye. The biographical essays originally appeared in the Moody Monthly magazine and The Good New Broadcaster and are re-printed for a second time here. The original context remains palpable, especially because there are times in the last half to two-thirds of the book that the biographies start to be resemble 'Seven Degrees of Separation from D.L. Moody'. In itself, that was mildly distracting (I confess I started to look for where D.L. Moody was going to turn up in his various guises), it was interesting to read about a tradition about which I knew comparatively little. The choice of the subjects tends to favour preachers, especially at non-denominational churches in the United States, the UK and, even occasionally Australia/New Zealand. Anglicans and Methodists appear as well, but they are almost always evangelicals (John Henry Newman being a notable exception- with suitable warnings about the dangers of Roman Catholicism) Wiersbe brings out the interconnectedness of these particular evangelical preachers, but there are times where this interconnectedness can result in a little bit of a catalogue of preachers and churches. The almost complete lack of women is also similarly distracting and questionable given the notable contributions of evangelical women expositors and social activists. Further, the tone of the writing is very frequently hagiagraphical. That is an occupation hazard in Christian biography, but that tone is so relentlessly muscular and victorious that it is sometimes difficult to relate to these figures- obviating the whole point of the exercise as stated by Wiersbe to bring the lives of these remarkable Christians alive. Still, this book is worth reading, if only for the glimpse into this particular theological tradition. Wiersbe writes well, if effusively, and it is difficult not to feel his enthusiasm. And a connection to D.L. Moody doesn't hurt....

  16. 4 out of 5

    Candace Lazzaro

    My friend, Lenore, recommended this book. I've read the first chapter about Martin Luther's wife. This isn't a book about the pillars of Christianity, Luther, Knox, Calvin, the Apostles, or early Christians. The biographies begin in 1499 with Katherine von Bora, Luther's "Kitty my rib" and ends with William Culbertson who died in 1971. By looking at the list of people who are being written about, I'm guessing this is for the most part about Protestant pillars. While I'm not keen on all things Ca My friend, Lenore, recommended this book. I've read the first chapter about Martin Luther's wife. This isn't a book about the pillars of Christianity, Luther, Knox, Calvin, the Apostles, or early Christians. The biographies begin in 1499 with Katherine von Bora, Luther's "Kitty my rib" and ends with William Culbertson who died in 1971. By looking at the list of people who are being written about, I'm guessing this is for the most part about Protestant pillars. While I'm not keen on all things Catholic, I think this is a pity because there were some good strong Christians among our Catholic brothers and sisters. However, this is not going to keep me from reading the book nor will it keep me from making my own list. I can see I am going to enjoy this book. Katherine Luther's biography was fun (with a few tears) to read. She must have been a handful for Luther but she also add a earthy dimension as well as a heavenly one to his works and his life. What would Luther have been like without Katherine? Katherine brought family into the priesthood, making the pastor more "like us." Katherine rounded out his life and gave Luther a chance to enjoy family and to be able to relate better to his congregation. I attended Lutheran churches in my past and Luther has always been up there with the Apostles for me. This biography puts him in a more earthy level. He was a man blessed with a good wife.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    An encouraging read. I wish the sections were longer, but this is a summary, so I should not complain. A great starting point for further reading! For those interested in looking some up before they make the commitment to get the book, the 50 individuals covered are: 1 - 10: Katherine von Bora, Samuel Rutherford, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield,Charles Simeon, Christmas Evans, John Henry Newman, Richard Trench, Andrew Bonar 11 - 20: Robert Murray McCheyne, F.W. Robertson, John C An encouraging read. I wish the sections were longer, but this is a summary, so I should not complain. A great starting point for further reading! For those interested in looking some up before they make the commitment to get the book, the 50 individuals covered are: 1 - 10: Katherine von Bora, Samuel Rutherford, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield,Charles Simeon, Christmas Evans, John Henry Newman, Richard Trench, Andrew Bonar 11 - 20: Robert Murray McCheyne, F.W. Robertson, John Charles Ryle, Fanny Crosby, Alexander Maclaren, J.B. Lightfoot, R.W. Dale, Joseph Parker, J.Hudson Tayler, Charles H. Spurgeon 21 - 30: Phillips Brooks, Frances Ridley Havergal, Alexander Whyte, Dwight L. Moody, George Matheson, C.I. Scofield, F.B. Meyer, W.Roberson Nicoll, Henry Drummond, R.A. Torrey 31 - 40: Thomas Spurgeon, Samuel Chadwick, Charles E. Jefferson, W.H. Griffith Thomas, A.C. Gabelein/B.H. Carroll, G. Campbell Morgan, John Henry Jowett, J.D. Jones, George H. Morrison, Amy Carmichael 41 - 50: Frank W. Boreham, Joseph W. Kemp, Oswald Chambers, H.A. Ironside, Clarence Edward Macartney, William Whiting Borden, Alva Jay McClain, A.W. Tozer, W.E. Sangster, William Culbertson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    I had high expectations going into this book having read two books by Eric Metaxes in the past year. I was quite disappointed. A more accurate title for this book would be 50 Christians every Seminary Student should know. More than 40 of the individuals in this book were Pastor's, and there were only about 4 women mentioned. Really? You cover the lives of 50 Christians and can only come up with 4 women that every Christian should know? The majority if the synopsises of all these Pastor's sounded I had high expectations going into this book having read two books by Eric Metaxes in the past year. I was quite disappointed. A more accurate title for this book would be 50 Christians every Seminary Student should know. More than 40 of the individuals in this book were Pastor's, and there were only about 4 women mentioned. Really? You cover the lives of 50 Christians and can only come up with 4 women that every Christian should know? The majority if the synopsises of all these Pastor's sounded very much the same, and lacked enough detail to intrigue me to read about them further. This book contained far too much opinion for my liking and the end of every section mentioned about 5 more books the reader should read to know more about each individual mentioned. It would have made more sense to have a few more paragraphs of content on the person and a reference section in the back for further reading material. Overall, I got very little out of this book and would have benefited more from reading specific biographies on the individuals I was already interested in. There are maybe one or two I'll add to my list.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alan Bryant

    ...am interested to note that the greatest preacher in UK history is not mentioned: John Wesley (who arguably helped shape British history averting republicanism at the time of the French Revolution, through the Great Awakening of which he was the brightest light). Indeed from the look of most of those included in the list, there sadly and disappointingly seems to be a distinctly calvinistic flavour. For those of us who know our history this is intelligently devisive - and lacking in any genuine ...am interested to note that the greatest preacher in UK history is not mentioned: John Wesley (who arguably helped shape British history averting republicanism at the time of the French Revolution, through the Great Awakening of which he was the brightest light). Indeed from the look of most of those included in the list, there sadly and disappointingly seems to be a distinctly calvinistic flavour. For those of us who know our history this is intelligently devisive - and lacking in any genuine historical or spiritual integrity. I write this as someone, one of whose ancestors was converted at the pithead at Kingswood Colliery by a word delivered by John Wesley from horse back. It is also interesting to note that George Mueller is absent from the list, not to mention Charles Wesley... Alan Bryant. (formerly of Bristol)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This compilation by Warren Wiersbe includes many individuals whom I knew by name only. However, I was surprised that it also included orators or writers who are diametrically opposed to the theology of Wiersbe. He even states that while this man's theology is unbiblical, there is much to be learned from his preaching style, etc.... I was especially fascinated by the individuals of the 20th century, of whom the author shared personal anecdotes because of his own long history with the greats of ou This compilation by Warren Wiersbe includes many individuals whom I knew by name only. However, I was surprised that it also included orators or writers who are diametrically opposed to the theology of Wiersbe. He even states that while this man's theology is unbiblical, there is much to be learned from his preaching style, etc.... I was especially fascinated by the individuals of the 20th century, of whom the author shared personal anecdotes because of his own long history with the greats of our faith. Intriguing reading, convicting to see how our forebears in the faith devoted themselves to holiness and to prayer, but with some drawbacks. Be aware that the writing style itself is a bit difficult to read, getting bogged down with the author's opinions of what "every preacher should own" in his library, or how to get hold of a book that has been out of print for a century or more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Bodaly

    I would give this more stars if that were an option. This is not a light read, but something to be savored and studied. Many of the people Warren Wiersbe writes about are well-known, but just as many, I have never heard of. Each person's life is remembered within these pages with a brief biography, and quotes and selections from their sermons or writings that are poignant, applicable, and meaningful. I currently have notes scattered around my house, having hastily copied them down while listenin I would give this more stars if that were an option. This is not a light read, but something to be savored and studied. Many of the people Warren Wiersbe writes about are well-known, but just as many, I have never heard of. Each person's life is remembered within these pages with a brief biography, and quotes and selections from their sermons or writings that are poignant, applicable, and meaningful. I currently have notes scattered around my house, having hastily copied them down while listening to the audio. (Craving to buy a print copy of this book.) Also, Wiersbe usually gives a few other books about each person, or collections of their writings, if one wishes to learn more about a particular person. This book was an encouragement to me in my Christian walk, and I would highly recommend it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jaison Abraham

    Overall, this wasn't a bad book. I was definitely encouraged by several accounts, and I hope to read more comprehensive biographies on several of the people covered. However, a few pages per person makes it hard to give the person their due credit, and often a good portion of the chapter was spent discussing good follow up resources to go more in depth. The book disproportionately focuses on preachers and some parts of the accounts seem to glorify pastors based on the size and breadth of the the Overall, this wasn't a bad book. I was definitely encouraged by several accounts, and I hope to read more comprehensive biographies on several of the people covered. However, a few pages per person makes it hard to give the person their due credit, and often a good portion of the chapter was spent discussing good follow up resources to go more in depth. The book disproportionately focuses on preachers and some parts of the accounts seem to glorify pastors based on the size and breadth of the their ministry. While there isn't anything inherently wrong with big ministries, I think this tendency has birthed the celebrity pastor culture we live in today, and can be dangerous. I would recommend doing your own research and picking a quality biography to begin with.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I listend to this in audio form during a road trip, glad I chose it for I was greatly challenged, scratching notes as I drove. Wiesbe is a great student of history and a good story teller. Only maybe 20% of the individuals in this list I was even familiar with! Weirsbe covers primarily the last 300 years of British and American history. What became clear early on was the poverty of the time we now live in in terms of studied commitment and resolve. I finished this listing having made a number of I listend to this in audio form during a road trip, glad I chose it for I was greatly challenged, scratching notes as I drove. Wiesbe is a great student of history and a good story teller. Only maybe 20% of the individuals in this list I was even familiar with! Weirsbe covers primarily the last 300 years of British and American history. What became clear early on was the poverty of the time we now live in in terms of studied commitment and resolve. I finished this listing having made a number of notes on things that I wanted to exemplify better. Without a resolve these kinds of things don't happen. Then I tailored a 3 point list for myself as a template for taking the lessons of others into my own life.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Will N.

    This book is an excellent source of information about some of the early leaders of evangelical Christianity (before evangelical became more of a political term than a religious one). These pages call the reader back to devotion and consecration. One of the greatest benefits of the book are the hundreds of titles (many long hard to find/out of print) that are recommended. Many of these books have found a second life as eBooks and are available, searchable, and easily purchased for low cost online This book is an excellent source of information about some of the early leaders of evangelical Christianity (before evangelical became more of a political term than a religious one). These pages call the reader back to devotion and consecration. One of the greatest benefits of the book are the hundreds of titles (many long hard to find/out of print) that are recommended. Many of these books have found a second life as eBooks and are available, searchable, and easily purchased for low cost online. May the great men and women of faith live again through the blessing of technology. These short biographies are definitely positive toward their subjects, but they cause the discerning reader to dig deeper. I am grateful for this volume.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anna Andersen

    What an incredible book about great preachers and what they brought to the churches and ministered to the peoples hearts! I learned a lot about many preachers I never even knew about. Such great hearts and boldness these people had and how their hearts still live on through others that they have reached in their lives. I am so moved by their lives that mine seems so boring and I have a burning desire for God as well as they do but I wasn't called to minister as them......truly a must read for ev What an incredible book about great preachers and what they brought to the churches and ministered to the peoples hearts! I learned a lot about many preachers I never even knew about. Such great hearts and boldness these people had and how their hearts still live on through others that they have reached in their lives. I am so moved by their lives that mine seems so boring and I have a burning desire for God as well as they do but I wasn't called to minister as them......truly a must read for everyone and I want more about some of these people that I am going to read a bunch more of auto and biographies on these incredible people of God.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Penrod

    This book is a good introduction into the lives of 50 saints of the faith. I was surprised of several who were not included like the Wesleys, Wilberforce, Andrew Murray, C.S. Lewis and Billy Graham, although there is a lot of material out there on these men and not so much on some that were included and that may have been his intention. These are not in-depth biographies by any means but Wiersbe gives suggestions for further reading. So, as an overview this is a good sampling of believers who ch This book is a good introduction into the lives of 50 saints of the faith. I was surprised of several who were not included like the Wesleys, Wilberforce, Andrew Murray, C.S. Lewis and Billy Graham, although there is a lot of material out there on these men and not so much on some that were included and that may have been his intention. These are not in-depth biographies by any means but Wiersbe gives suggestions for further reading. So, as an overview this is a good sampling of believers who changed the world and should serve as an incentive to dig deeper into the lives of these men and women.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wallace

    This book by Warren Wiersbe, in my opinion, falls between two stools ... enough detail to raise one's interest but not enough to satisfy one's curiosity! I like my biography detailed, well researched and footnotes! Having said that, it would make for a good holiday read, or something to dip in and out of as time permits. I have read Wiersbe before and enjoyed his writing, and so was expecting a lot more from this book than I got! One of the best bits are the 'Further reading' pages which I will, o This book by Warren Wiersbe, in my opinion, falls between two stools ... enough detail to raise one's interest but not enough to satisfy one's curiosity! I like my biography detailed, well researched and footnotes! Having said that, it would make for a good holiday read, or something to dip in and out of as time permits. I have read Wiersbe before and enjoyed his writing, and so was expecting a lot more from this book than I got! One of the best bits are the 'Further reading' pages which I will, over time, dip into and select more detailed works! At best a 3-star read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Was a very interesting book. Learned more about people I had heard of and then was introduced to some real saints. I would suggest this book as it has some good biographies of people I had never heard of and introduced me to some "new" ideas by reading about these people. I would suggest someone take this topic on again and add some people who have become these type of people over the last 20 years. I would recommend this book to my Christian friends. Was a very interesting book. Learned more about people I had heard of and then was introduced to some real saints. I would suggest this book as it has some good biographies of people I had never heard of and introduced me to some "new" ideas by reading about these people. I would suggest someone take this topic on again and add some people who have become these type of people over the last 20 years. I would recommend this book to my Christian friends.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Grazyna Nawrocka

    I haven't really read this book, but I had started. It was not bad, just not what I expected. There were not many philosophincal discourses or methaphysical experiences included. I would compare this book to an "elevator music." One could take advantage of it if nothing else were available, and even mildly enjoy it. Alas there is abundance of good books with interesting subjects that I would rather read. I haven't really read this book, but I had started. It was not bad, just not what I expected. There were not many philosophincal discourses or methaphysical experiences included. I would compare this book to an "elevator music." One could take advantage of it if nothing else were available, and even mildly enjoy it. Alas there is abundance of good books with interesting subjects that I would rather read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    really good book. very interesting. this is one to really take slow and savor. with each new person i find that i want to do more research to find out as much as i can about their lives and i am ending up wanting to read their individual autobiographies before moving to the next person. these folks are amazing role models.

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