Recommended Biographies

Looking for a non-fiction book that reads a bit more like a story?  Check out the following biographies below:

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7 Men by Eric Metaxas

7 Men contains the stories of… you guessed it… 7 men and—as the subtitle puts it—the secret to their greatness.  Metaxas is a great researcher, and the short vignettes of George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Chuck Colson are enlightening and inspiring.

 

 

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Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas

You may be thinking that I’m an Eric Metaxas fan.  And if you made that assumption, then you would be right!  Metaxas’ biography on William Wilberforce is one of the best and perhaps most important books I have ever read.  As a British MP during the height of British Imperialism, Wilberforce was gifted with a unique opportunity to influence not just British culture but Western civilization in a way that is still being felt today.

 

 

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The by-now famous story of Louie Zamperini was made into a major box office hit in late 2014.  Like all movie adaptations of books, the book is infinitely better.  If it wasn’t for the fact that people experienced Louie’s life alongside of him, you would think that this was a poor attempt at a “larger-than-life” biography.  (I say poor attempt because of how much is contained in this book).  If you haven’t read this book, stop what you are doing right now and grab a copy.  This blog can wait.

 

 

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Paul by FF Bruce

Part research book, part biography, Bruce’s book on the Apostle Paul is intensely thorough.  The amount of knowledge about Paul himself—who didn’t talk about himself all that much in Scripture—that Bruce is able to squeeze out of the New Testament is astounding.  Reading this book will make you feel like you knew the man who wrote so much of the New Testament.  A great book.

 

 

 

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What is the What by Dave Eggers

I’m a sucker for non-Western culture, so I was hooked from the moment I started reading What is the What.  While claiming to be a biography, the author admits that it should be read as a novel, due to the lack of hard details included at parts.  If you have ever wondered about the brutalities of the Sudanese Civil Wars and the struggles of refugees here in the United States, this 500+ page book is for you.

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