Which Christian biographies would you recommend?

Lately I’ve realised that I’ve never really read any biographies of Christians, other than CS Lewis’ ‘Surprised by Joy’. I am looking for any great recommendations for biographies that will inspire me in my walk with Jesus, please! :grinning:


Hey @alison,

Wow, great question! I’m curious about what others will say because good biographies are one of my favorite things to read.

First of all, I think the four gospels are really compelling biographies of Jesus. :sweat_smile: :joy: :sob:

Recently I read Beth Moore’s All My Knotted-Up Life. For an American evangelical like me, it was restorative to see how she had been in the mix of all of it, dealt with so much pain, and yet come through on the other side still in love with Jesus.

William Hauge’s biography, William Wilberforce, brought me to tears when Wilberforce died. I couldn’t believe he was no longer with us - even though it happened a few centuries ago!

Nabeel Qureshi’s autobiography Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is so powerful. He lived with passion, curiosity, and a love for others.

That’s a few to get us started!


Hi @alison,

I have loved reading biographies of christian missionaries.

Amy Carmichael - by Elizabeth Elliott (also a missionary) was inspiring to read. It just moved me to see the extent of love she had to be able to live with extraordinary faith when faced with obstacles.

Gladys Aylward’s missionary journey to China has also left a lasting impression on me.


Sorry, I got distracted from this thread! But I love biographies, particularly ones that tell the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Most of my favorites come from the Second World War era into mid-20th c…

To End All Wars - Ernest Gordon
Evidence Not Seen - Darlene Deibler Rose
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
The Hiding Pace - Corrie Ten Boom (my mom’s favorite)
A Severe Mercy - Shedon Vanauken


Thank you, all!! I’m really looking forward to reading some of these suggestions!!