Recommended Reading

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Biographies and Personal Stories

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Memoir & Remains of Robert Murray McCheyne
Andrew Bonar’s memories and a collection of letters from a man with a great passion for Christ.
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My Bondage And My Freedom
Frederick Douglass’s account of what it was like to be a slave, and then what it was like to be free
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30 Years A Watchtower Slave
William Schnell’s story of how he left the Watchtower organization.
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A Chance To Die
A biography of Amy Carmichael, missionary to children in India, by Elizabeth Elliot.
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A Man Called Norman
A true story, originally broadcast on Focus On The Family, by Mike Adkins.
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A Passion For Souls
The story of Dwight L. Moody. By Lyle W. Dorsett
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Amma – The Life And Words Of Amy Carmichael
A book about the writings of Amy Carmichael, By Elizabeth R. Skoglund.
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Among The Mongols
James Gilmour’s account of his travels among the Mongols.
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Betrayed!
The story of Stan Telchin, a Jew who found Jesus while trying to disprove the New Testament.
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Bitter Winds
The autobiography of Harry Wu and his experience in China’s gulag. This story is about as powerful as The Gulag Archipelago
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Bold As A Lamb
The story of Samuel Lamb (Lin Xiangao) and the large house church he pastors in China. Pastor Lamb has been a prisoner in China for over 20 years for preaching the Gospel.
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Born Again
The autobiography of Charles Colson, who found Christ during the Watergate scandal.
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Bruchko
The autobiography of Bruce E. Olson who, on his own as a teenager, brought the gospel to the murderous Motilone tribe of Columbia with no outside support.
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By Their Blood
Stories of Christian martyrs during the 20th century.
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C.T. Studd
The biography of one of the top cricketers in England who gave up a life of luxury to live as a missionary in China, India, and Africa. By Norman Grubb.
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Christiana Tsai
The sequel to Queen Of The Dark Chamber which shows how God worked through her after she moved to the United States.
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Coming Out Of The Ice.
The autobiography of Victor Herman, an American who lived through the gulag of the Soviet Union.
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Daktar – Diplomat In Bangladesh
The autobiography of Viggo Olsen, missionary doctor in Bangladesh.
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Daktar II
The continuing story of Viggo Olsen.
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David Livingstone, Missionary and Explorer
The story of the missionary who opened up Africa to the Gospel.
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Evidence Not Seen
The autobiography of Darlene Deibler Rose, missionary and a Japanese prisoner during World War II.
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Foxes Book Of Martyrs
A history of Christian martyrs. Edited by William Byron Forbush.
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Gifted Hands
The autobiography of Ben Carson, one of the world’s top neurosurgeons.
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God’s Smuggler
The autobiography of Brother Andrew, who smuggled Bibles behind the Iron Curtain.
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Grace Abounding To The Chief Of Sinners
The spiritual autobiography of John Bunyan.
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Hudson Taylor
The autobiography of Hudson Taylor, missionary to China.
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Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret
A biography of Hudson Taylor which tells how he came to understand that you can’t struggle for faith; it is resting in Jesus’ finished work.
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Jack
A biography of Clive S. Lewis, by George Sayer.
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Jesus Freaks
Stories of modern-day Christian martyrs. by dc Talk.
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Josh, Excitement Of The Unexpected
The biography of Josh McDowell and how he found Jesus on a dare from his university students, by Joe Musser.
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Just As I Am
Billy Graham’s autobiography.
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Lords Of The Earth
The biography of Stanley A. Dale, a missionary to the Yali tribe in Irian Jaya, by Don Richardson.
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My Father Was A Gangster
The story of Jim Vaus, wiretapper for Mickey Cohen, and how he found Christ. By his son, Will Vaus.
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No Compromise
The life story of Keith Green, by Melody Green and David Hazard.
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Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God
A biography of Oswald Chambers, the man who wrote My Utmost For His Highest.
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Peace Child
The story of Don and Carol Richardson, missionaries to the Sawi tribe in Netherlands New Guinea.
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People Of The Abyss
Jack London describes the poverty of East London when he went to live there as one of the poor.
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Queen Of The Dark Chamber
The story of Christiana Tsai, a Chinese Buddhist who found Jesus. Because of an extended illnes, she lived the rest of her life with an extreme sensitivity to light. A story of God’s power through weakness.
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Samuel Morris
The story of Kaboo, an African chieftain’s son that God miraculously rescued from death, and sent to America to “set Taylor University on fire with the Holy Ghost.”
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Shadow Of The Almighty
The biography of Jim Elliot, one of five missionaries martyred by the Auca Indians in Equador. By Elizabeth Elliot.
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Skeletons On the Zahara
Dean King’s book about Captain James Riley and crew’s experience in Africa. It contains additional insight from his trip to Africa in researching the story. The History Channel program Skeletons On The Sahara was based on this book.
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Spurgeon – Prince Of Preachers
The biography of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, by Lewis Drummond.
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Sufferings In Africa
Captain James Riley’s account of his and his crew’s capture, slavery, and escape from Africa in the early 1800’s. This is one of the books that influenced Abraham Lincoln to abolish slavery in the United States.
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The Autobiography Of George Muller
The story of George Muller’s “experiment” in faith. This book only covers up to the first 30 years of his experiment. (more about George Muller)
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The Cross And The Switchblade
How David Wilkerson reached out to the gangs of New York City with the message of the gospel.
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The Gulag Archipelago
The history of the Soviet gulag system, by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn.
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The Hiding Place
The autobiography of Corrie ten Boom, who family hid Jews in Holland during World War II.
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The Journals of Jim Elliot
The personal journals of Jim Elliot from 1948 to his martyrdom in 1955.
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Ten Boys Who Changed The World / Ten Girls Who Changed The World
Two in a wonderful series of inspirational books for children about men and women whom God greatly used. By Irene Howat.
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They Found The Secret
In this book, Victor Raymond Edman tells how 20 Christians came to know the reality of the Spirit-filled life.
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They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky
Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, and Benjamin Ajak tell the story of their flight from Sudan in the late 1980’s.
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Through Gates Of Splendor
The story of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot, by Elizabeth Elliot. This book focuses more on the mission to the Auca Indians.
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To Call A Nation
The story of Robert Nosker, and God’s work through him to the Pemon indians of Venezuala.
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To The Golden Shore
The story of Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary, who traveled to Burma (Myanmar).
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Tortured For Christ
Richard Wurmbrand’s story of how the church is doing behind the iron curtain. Written in the 1960’s but is still applicable today in some countries.
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Tramp For The Lord
How God worked in and through Corrie ten Boom after the events in The Hiding Place.
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Vanya
The story of a Christian martyr in Soviet Russia.
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William Carey, The Father Of Modern Missions
The story of an English cobbler who became a missionary to India.

Apologetics

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A Ready Defense
The best of the works of Josh McDowell.
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Evidence That Demands A Verdict (Volumes 1 & 2)
Josh McDowell’s apologetics notes on the historical evidences for the Christian faith.
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Kingdom Of The Cults
A list of major cults, what they teach versus what the Bible says. By Walter Martin.
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Mormonism – Shadow Or Reality?
A very large work on Mormonism, including history and teaching. All well documented. By Jerald and Sandra Tanner.
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The Case For A Creator
Lee Strobel’s book on the evidence that the universe was created by God.
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The Origin Of Species Revisited (Volumes 1 & 2)
How the theory of abrupt appearance is scientifically more plausible than the theory of evolution. Good reviews by creationists and evolutionists. By W. R. Bird.

Other – Christian

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The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
A good book on being content in all circumstances, by Puritan writer Jeremiah Burroughs.
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Five Musts Of The Christian Life
A good book for spiritual growth by F.B. Meyer.
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A Better Freedom
An excellent book for those who want to follow Christ by serving others. By Michard Card.
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A Quest For Godliness
A good introduction to the Puritans, by James I. Packer.
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Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon
An excellent book for preachers and teachers of God’s word, by Bryan Chapell. Course notes and audio lectures are freely available at http://www.covenantseminary.edu/resources/#!/courses-christ-centered-preaching.
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Fresh Faith
A book on faith, by Brooklyn Tabernacle pastor Jim Cymbala.
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Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
A book on prayer, also by Jim Cymbala.
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Improving Your Serve
The art of unselfish living, by Charles R. Swindoll.
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In His Steps
What would Jesus do? A story about what can happen when Christians live like Jesus Christ. By Charles Sheldon.
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Made For His Pleasure
A good book on living a life that pleases God. By Alistair Begg.
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My Utmost For His Highest
Daily devotions, from the writings of Oswald Chambers.
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None But The Hungry Heart
A twelve-month daily devotional focusing on the growth truths of Romans 6-8, by Miles Stanford.
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Our Daily Bread
Daily devotional from Radio Bible Class.
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Perelandra
The second book in C.S. Lewis’s space trilogy. While I like all three books in the trilogy, this one is my favorite. It deals with temptation.
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Pilgrim’s Progress
John Bunyan’s classic parable of the Christian life.
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Revolution in World Missions
Highly recommended book on missions. By Dr. K. P. Yohannan.
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The Five Love Languages
How to express love to your mate, by Gary Chapman.
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The Jesus I Never Knew
Clearing away some of our misconceptions of Jesus Christ by rediscovering Him in the Bible. By Phillip Yancey.
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The Normal Christian Life
A series of studies on the salvation and growth truths of Romans 1-8. An excellent book for the believer who wants to rise above the struggle with sin. By Watchman Nee.
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The Open Church
A book by James H. Rutz on modeling your church after the New Testament church.
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The Practice Of The Presence Of God
Brother Lawrence’s practical instructions for living close to God.

Other – Secular

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The Lord Of The Rings
Tolkien’s classic. I think the book much better than the movie which focused more on action rather than relationships.
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The Longest Cave
The story of how the Flint Ridge cave system was connected to Mammoth Cave, making the Mammoth Cave system the longest in the world. I like how the authors made it feel like I was there exploring the cave. By Roger W. Brucker and Richard A. Watson.
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Till We Have Faces
C.S. Lewis’s retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche.

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