I wasn’t raised in the church and did not learn much about church history and leaders during my upbringing. Most of what I know I learned by reading and researching as an adult. I love reading about other believers throughout history and I find their stories inspiring and enlightening. I recently had the chance to read 10 Christians Everyone Should Know (edited by John Perry) and I wanted to share it with you.
The book includes ten mini-biographies of people who vary in their backgrounds and influence. They include:
Johann Sebastian Bach
George Washington Carver
William F. Buckley, Jr
Each of these ten chapters is written by a different author so at times the flow can be uneven if you read more than one chapter in a sitting. In addition, there were some people included in the book who seem like wonderful people, but would not make my list of Christians everyone should know. I was, however, exposed to a few people I did not know much about including George Washington Carver, who I only knew as the inventor of peanut butter (for which he has my eternal gratitude). His biography was so engaging and I grew to really admire this man.
Some chapters were a little dry and insignificant to me but others were amazing. My three favorite chapters were the biographies of Saint Patrick, Galileo, and George Washington Carver. I was so inspired and intrigued by how they stayed true to their faith in the face of catastrophic challenges. I learned quite a bit from these three chapters and would recommend the book based on these three chapters alone.
This book is available in both paperback and Kindle format.
I received an electronic copy of this book from BookSneeze to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own.