Enjoying the Journey

Biography

A Christmas Letter from the Writer of Amazing Grace

You will be tempted not to finish reading this post. Could I ask you now to read to the very end? I have just completed a wonderful biography on the Life of John Newton, originally published by the American Sunday School Union in 1831. The account details how God took a slave trader (who became a slave himself) and transformed him into a beautiful Christian and powerful preacher of the gospel. Newton spoke much about the grace of God in his life. Most notably, he wrote the words we so often sing, Amazing grace – how sweet the sound – That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see.…

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5 Must-Read Biographies

W. Robertson Nicoll, a famous author in his own right, once said, “I have for years read every biography I could lay my hands on, and not one has failed to teach me something.”  When he died there were more than 5,000 biographies found in his personal library!  Perhaps we have too quickly assumed that the reading of biography was simply reading for hobby, when in fact it is reading for help.  The lives of great men become our classroom; their successes and failures our teachers. It is understandable that one man’s “favorite” is not always another man’s favorite.  The timing of the reading of a book is often most important.  At many junctures in my life God has used…

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My Favorite Biography

Many years ago I learned that reading biographies of great men and women was a good way to keep my own heart hungry for more of God’s blessing.  Well written biographies both instruct and inspire.  I have in my library many books that have been a tremendous blessing to me through the seasons of life.  One of those books is Borden of Yale. When I was just a teenager, a summer intern who worked with our youth group gave me my first copy of the life of William Borden.  It was an old, hardback edition with very few pictures.  Perhaps that kept me from fully appreciating it at first.  Little did I realize the impact it would make on me…

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It Must Be Personal – The Story of a Young Skeptic

Adoniram Judson was born August 9, 1788.  I first met him as a freshman in college through the pages of his life story.  Growing up in church I had heard the name of Adoniram Judson.  To me, he was a pioneer missionary to Burma.  Judson and his wife Ann were some of the first Baptist missionaries to be sent out of North America.  (Actually, they did not leave as Baptists but they arrived that way!)  Yet Judson was not always a missionary. Adoniram Judson learned to read at the age of three.  He had a brilliant mind and a personality that attracted others to him.  By the time he was a young man many considered him a free thinker. He…

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