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• David Brainerd
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd edited by Jonathan Edwards; with a biographical sketch of the life and work of Jonathan Edwards by Philip E. Howard, Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Book House, 1989.
Brainerd: Missionary to the American Indians DVD. Gary Wilkinson, ©2013.
Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA.
• John Bunyan
Travel with John Bunyan: Exploring the world of John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrims Progress by John Pestell. England: Day One Publications, ©2002. Biography and travel guide.
Bunyan: Journey of a Pilgrim DVD. This documentary narrated by John
Pestell, presents a fascinating look at the life of the man who wrote
The Pilgrim's Progress. Worcester, PA: Distributed by Gateway Films/Vision
• William Carey
William Carey by S. Pearce Carey; edited by Peter Masters. London: The Wakeman Trust, 1993. Originally published 1923.
Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey by Timothy George.
Christian History Institute, ©1998. Companion edition to Candle
in the Dark dramatic film.
with William Carey: The missionary to India who attempted great things
for God by Paul Pease. England: Day One Publications, ©2005.
Biography and travel guide.
Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of a Culture by
Vishal and Ruth Mangalwadi. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, ©1999.
Carey: The Tragic and Untold Story of Mrs. William Carey by James
R. Beck. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, ©1992.
in the Dark: The Story of William Carey DVD. Christian History Institute,
1998. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. Not
recommended for young children.
• Fanny Crosby
Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2008. Originally published in 1906 as Memoirs of Eighty Years.
Heart Can See: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby by Edith L.
Blumhofer. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, ©2005.
Fanny Crosby Story DVD. Panmedia Entertainment Corp.; distributed
by Vision Video, Worcester, PA., 2004.
• M. R. DeHaan
M. R. De Haan: The Life Behind the Voice... by James R. Adair. Published by Discovery House, 2008. Originally published with title M. R. DeHaan: The Man and His Ministry by Zondervan, ©1969. Out of print.
• Jonathan Goforth
Jonathan Goforth by Rosalind Goforth. Published by Bethany House Publishers, 1986. This is an edited edition of Goforth of China which was first published in 1937, and is now out of print.
• Frances Havergal
Frances Ridley Havergal: Hymnwriter [by] Esther E. Enock. Greenville, S.C.: Ambassador, 2001.
• H. A. Ironside
H. A. Ironside: Ordained of the Lord by E. Schuyler English. Published by Loizeaux Brothers, 1976.
• Adoniram & Ann Judson
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1987.
God and Take Courage: The Judson History and Legacy by Rosalie Hall
Hunt. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, ©2005.
Judson: A Missionary Life for Burma by Sharon James. New ed. Welwyn
Garden City, UK: EP Books, 2015, ©1998.
H. Judson of Burma by E. R. Pitman. Published by Christian Literature
and Ann Judson: Spent for God DVD. A documentary production of Christian
History Institute; written and produced by Robert Fernandez. Distributed
by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. .
• Eric Liddell
The Story of Eric Liddell DVD. An Olympic God Medalist's lifelong race to spread the Gospel in China. Produced by RBC Ministries. Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, ©2004.
Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, c1998. Age 8-12.
For the Glory: Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr by Duncan Hamilton. New York: Penguin Press, ©2016.
• David Livingstone
David Livingstone: African Explorer by John Hudson Tiner. ©1997.Biography of an explorer, missionary, scientist and doctor. His exciting exploits in Africa tell a story of unsurpassed courage and determination.
Livingstone: The Truth Behind the Legend by Rob Mackenzie. Published
by Christian Focus, 2003. First published 1993.
• Robert Murray McCheyne
Robert Murray M'Cheyne [by] Andrew A. Bonar. Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, [1960?].
with Robert Murray M'Cheyne: In the Footsteps of a Godly Scottish Pastor by Derek Prime. England: Day One Publications, ©2007. Biography and
• Dwight L. Moody
A Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody by Lyle W. Dorsett. Chicago: Moody Press, 2003, ©1997.
L. Moody: Bringing Souls to Christ by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle,
Wash.: YWAM, ©2011.
• George Müller
George Muller: Man of Faith and Miracles by Basil Miller. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1972.
Müller, 1805-1898: Delighted in God by Roger Steer. Fearn, Ross-shire [Scotland]: Christian Focus, ©1997.
Muller of Bristol: His Life of Prayer and Faith by A. T. Pierson.
Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, . First published in
Mueller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans by Janet & Geoff Benge.
Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing,
©1999.Age 10 and up.
of the Cruel Streets: The Prayerful Life of George Müller DVD presented
by Russell Boulter; written, directed and produced by Crawford Telfer.
An international co-production distributed by Vision Video, Worcester,
PA, USA. Excellent documentary of the life and times of George Muller
weaving together photography of on-site locations, historical pictures,
narration and drama.
• John Newton
John Newton: A Ruthless Slave Trader Becomes a Messenger of Amazing Grace DVD by Gary Wilkinson; distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. Documentary, featuring interviews with Newton scholars Brian H. Edwards, Jonathan Aitken and Tony Baker, thoroughly explores Newton's life.
• John Paton
John G. Paton — The Autobiography of the Pioneer Missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu). John G. Paton. Published by Banner of Truth, 2013.
G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides. An autobiography edited
by his brother James Paton. Published by Banner of Truth, 1994. »Earlier
edition of previous title«
• Ira D. Sankey
Ira Sankey: Singing the Gospel by Kelley S. Bruss. Greenville, SC: JourneyForth Book, ©2010.
• Mary Slessor
Mary Slessor: Forward Into Calabar by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, c1999. Age 10 and up.
Slessor: Missionary Mother by Terri B. Kelly. Greenville, SC: JourneyForth, ©2014.
• Gipsy Smith
Gipsy Smith, from the Forest I Came by David Lazell. North American ed. Chicago: Moody Press, ©1973. British ed. published 1970.
• Charles H. Spurgeon
Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers by Lewis A. Drummond. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, ©1982. Definitive biography of C.H. Spurgeon.
A New Biography by Arnold Dallimore. Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth
With CH Spurgeon: In the Footsteps of the Prince of Preachers by
Clive Anderson. England: Day One Publications,
©2002. Biography and travel guide.
Yours, Till Heaven: The Untold Love Story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, ©2018.
H. Spurgeon: The People's Preacher DVD / presented by Andy Harrison;
written, produced and directed by Crawford Telfer. An international co-production
distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA, 2010. Excellent documentary
drama of the life and times of Charles H. Spurgeon.
• Susannah T. Spurgeon
Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, ©2021.
• C. T. Studd
C.T. Studd - Cricketer & Pioneer by Norman P. Grubb. Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1985. First published in 1933.
Studd: No Retreat by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, Wash.: YWAM, ©2005.
• Billy Sunday
Billy Sunday and the Redemption of Urban America by Lyle W. Dorsett. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, c1991.
Sunday: Home Run to Heaven by Robert A. Allen. Published by Mott
• Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret (Moody Classics) by Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor. Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 2009. First published in 1932.
Taylor by J. Hudson Taylor. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers,
1987. Autobiography. Also issued under title A Retrospect.
is Not Death to Die: A New Biography of Hudson Taylor by Jim Cromarty.
Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2014. Reprint. First published 2001.
Taylor: Into The Heart Of The Dragon DVD Documentary of the life of
Hudson Taylor. Produced and directed by Gary Wilkinson, ©2018.
• William Tyndale
God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale DVD 93-minute drama on the life of William Tyndale. Grenville Film Productions, ©1988. Distributed by Vision Video.
• Walter L. Wilson
Just What the Doctor Ordered. Soulwinning Stories by Walter L. Wilson. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, ©1988.
L. Wilson: the Beloved Physician by Kenneth O. Gangel. Chicago: Moody
• John Wycliffe
John Wycliffe—The Morning Star DVD. 75-minute drama on the life of John Wycliffe. Gateway Films, ©1984.
• Other Recommendations
50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith by Warren Wiersbe. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, ©2009.
Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist by Janet & Geoff Benge.
Lynnwood, WA: Emerald Books, ©2001.
Washington Carver: Man's Slave Becomes God's Scientist by David Collins. ©1981.
The story of one man's rise from slavery and the struggles and triumphs
of his faith.
C. Chapman: 70 Years of Serving the Lord by Frank Holmes. Port Colborne, Ontario: Gospel Folio Press, ©2008. Previously published as Brother Indeed.
Edwards and the Ministry of the Word: A Model of Faith and Thought by
Douglas A. Sweeney. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, ©2009.
Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Hudson Tiner. ©1977.
Biography of a German astronomer who discovered three laws of planetary
G. LeTourneau: Mover of Men and Mountains. The autobiography of R.
G. LeTourneau. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1967. Interesting read! LeTourneau
shows what it means for a businessmen to live for God and work with and
F. B. Morse: Artist With a Message by John Hudson Tiner.
©1987. Biography of the artist and inventor who devised the world's
first practical telegraph system.
Newton: Inventor, Scientist, and Teacher by John Hudson Tiner. ©1976.
Biography of the seventeenth-century English astronomer and mathematician
who discovered the law of gravity.
Men of Science by George Mulfinger. Greenville, SC: Ambassador Emerald
International, 2004. Short biographies of "eleven men that changed
Made Them Great by John Tallach. Banner of Truth Trust, 2013. The
author retells the stories of five lives: George Müller, Isobel
Kuhn, William Bray, David Brainerd, and Robert Annan.
William Wilberforce: Take Up the Fight by Janet & Geoff Benge. Lynwood, WA: Ambassador Emerald Books, ©2015.
George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century by Arnold A. Dallimore. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2010.