My Top 5 Missionary Biographies
One of my friends recently asked me what were my top 5 missionary biographies, so I thought I may as well post it on here!
Missionary Biographies have been so important in my life. They have inspired me when I was feeling spiritually dull. They mentored me along unknown paths. They taught me to surrender my whole life to God rather than just the ‘Sunday’ part.
They have been my example – what Paul talks about when he says:
‘Do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises’ Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV)
So here are my top 5 – the ones that I underlined and highlighted and treasured more than any others! I will tell you the specific book that I have read, but also recommend some others related to them.
I do think that the author of the biography can make a big difference – don’t just get any old one. Some of them have lots of facts and be as dry as anything. My favourites are the ones that are realistic and inspiring – that give you real stories and quotes with spiritual meaning and depth.
Also if you’re not a great reader, a good set of biographies to start with are the ones by Janet and Geoff Benge – the series is called Christian Heroes: Then & Now. They are aimed at ages 10+ but are fine for adults to read too, and they are easy to read yet full of inspiration as well.
I have included the links and pictures of the books so you can buy them easily on amazon.uk if you want. I am an affiliate, but only will link to what I recommend, and am doing it more for your benefit than anything – I have not earned anything from links yet!
1. Isobel Kuhn – ‘By Searching’ an Autobiography
2. Amy Carmichael – ‘Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur’ by Frank Houghton
3. Hudson Taylor – ‘Hudson Taylor In Early Years – The Growth of a Soul’ by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
Also the sequel to this – ‘Hudson Taylor and The China Inland Mission – The Growth of a Work of God’ is really good. ‘Hudson Taylor – Lessons in Discipleship’ by Roger Steer is another good book, full of practical spiritual lessons we can learn from his life, though not a biography as such.
4. Jim Elliot – ‘Shadow of the Almighty’ by Elisabeth Elliot
If you want to read the overview of how the 5 of them ended up in Ecuador and what led up to their being martyred, you can read ‘Through Gates of Splendour’ by Elisabeth Elliot’. Also if you don’t mind some hard reading with good payoff, Jim Elliot’s journals have some wonderful content!
You can also read an interesting blog post here summarising the story of why those missionaries were killed and how eventually the tribe turned to Christ.
5. George Muller – ‘Delighted in God’ by Roger Steer
If you need more faith in God this is a great one to read! He has also written an autobiography.
Hopefully this helps you if you are looking for some missionary biographies! If you need more recommendations feel free to contact me.