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50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith Paperback – April 1, 2009
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We all need inspiration to lead lives that honor God. When our 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 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
•James Hudson Taylor
Combining the stories of fifty of these faithful men and women, beloved author Warren W. Wiersbe offers you insight and encouragement for life's uncertain journey.
Warren W. Wiersbe is a former pastor of the Moody Church and author or editor of more than 150 books, including On Being a Servant of God and The Bumps Are What You Climb On. He lives with his wife Betty in Lincoln, NE, where he continues to write and to mentor younger pastors.
This book combines Wiersbe's Living with the Giants and Victorious Christians You Should Know, plus a new preface and two new biographies.
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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.Read more ›
Since the book's subtitle invites the reader to "learn from Spiritual Giants", I would have enjoyed Wiersbe digging a bit deeper into their struggles and how they overcame them, their overarching ministerial ethos, . . . Warren's writing is a bit simplistic and not as penetrating a character study as I would have liked. For example, Spurgeon's consistent bouts with depression is never mentioned, but a descent purview of his life is. Further, most of the stories are repetitious in style--a logistical, factual recounting of the person's upbringing, the books they wrote, the ministries they oversaw, etc. Each entry feels like it was churned out rather than steeped, a part of 150 books written rather than a lifetime's worth of meditation.
Further, though Wiersbe does write about many famous Christians (Spurgeon, Moody, Taylor, et al.) people like Wesley, Knox, Calvin, et al. are strangely absent from this list. Perhaps this is so because he had other factors motivating him to pick the `50'. A very large percentage of the `50' were in someway associated either with D.L. Moody or the ministries attached to his legacy.
I gave the book four stars instead of five because the author consistently droned on about the weaknesses of today's churches, denominations, ministers and Christians in many chapters. From about halfway through the book I actually started to underline his constant negative comments about "today's" Christians instead of the inspirational ones - this is how distracting they became. Other than this small issue, the book is well worth owning and reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a collection! I guess I thought this collection would include all the "big names" of the faith. Read morePublished 1 month ago by muushuu10
This book will build your faith! This book contains short stories of people most Christians have heard of and their stories of faith. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James V
Nice selection of people and as usual, Wiersbe's content is deep but accessible and enjoyable to read.Published 2 months ago by Amy in TX