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We enjoy several series of biographies. Of course there are good individual ones too, but when you find a good series you know that you can probably trust future volumes to be something you'll enjoy.

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Christian Heroes & Heroes of History series Hero Tales & Trailblazers    
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Christian Biographical Sketches

Foxe's Book of Martyrs

Biographic sketches of many who gave their lives for Christ, from the first century to the time of the Reformation. Written in the 16th century. Some versions have been updated and/or abridged. There are several at this link.

67544: Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church HistoryTrial and Triumph: Stories from Church History
By Richard M. Hannula / Canon Press

Christianity is a faith in love with history. ... We too often view Church history as the story of obscure aliens instead of the lives of brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.
In this collection of forty-six brief biographies forchildren, Hannula sketches the stirring trials and triumphs of many famous and some lesser known figures in our family of faith--including Augustine, Charlemagne, Anselm, Luther,Bunyan, and C.S. Lewis. Through them we can begin to enjoy the old paths and find rest for our souls.

Sower series

Sower series

The Sower series biographies

This is our top pick biography series for family reading or young readers. Biographies of heroic men and women and their "Christ-inspired pathways". Interesting and easy to understand. Great for family read-aloud or independent ages 9-14. This link will take you to a list of all in the series - currently 20-some books are available - with more to come. Here are most of the titles.

  • Abigail Adams
  • William Jennings Bryan
  • Robert Boyle
  • George Washington Carver
  • Christopher Columbus
  • George Fredric Handel
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Johannes Kepler
  • Francis Scott Key
  • Jason Lee
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Samuel F.B. Morse
  • Isaac Newton
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Samuel Francis Smith
  • Billy Sunday
  • George Washington
  • Noah Webster
  • Daniel Webster
  • Susanna Wesley
  • David Livingstone

Christian Liberty Press

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Christian Liberty Press Biographies

A series of biographies by various authors published by Christian Liberty Press. List of currently available:

  • John Bunyan
  • J.E.B. Stuart
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Martin Luther
  • The Wright Brothers and their sister
  • David Livingstone
  • George B. McClennan
  • George Washington
  • Jed Smith
  • Charles Spurgeon

 

Leaders in Action series Biographies

This series is our top pick series for older Youth and Adults. I can't get a direct link to the series, but here's the titles currently available.

824203: A Place to Stand: The Word of God In the Life of Martin Luther A Place to Stand: The Word of God In the Life of Martin Luther
By Gene Edward Veith / Cumberland House Publishing

The nearly five centuries that have passed since that trial still reverberate with his final declaration to those powerful dignitaries: "Here I Stand." This book focuses on that place where all of us must stand if we want to lead others to a better community, a better society, a better world.

820585: For Kirk and Covenant: The Stalwart Courage of John  KnoxFor Kirk and Covenant: The Stalwart Courage of John Knox
By Douglas Wilson / Cumberland House Publishing

John Knox has long been known for his bold, courageous stand against the political and religious tyranny and corruption of medieval Scotland. A churchman, patriot, and freedom fighter, he rose to power and influence in Reformation Scotland. Probably best know for his frequent run-ins with Mary, queen of Scots, Knox's most important role was as the father of Scottish Presbyterianism. In this remarkably fresh look at Knox, Douglas Wilson explodes some of the myths surrounding him and draws relevant modern applications from his leadership in action, including his tenderness, love, and courage.

825056: A Heart Promptly Offered: The Revolutionary Leadership of John CalvinA Heart Promptly Offered: The Revolutionary Leadership of John Calvin
By David Hall / Cumberland House Publishing

A Heart Promptly Offered presents the basic story of Calvin's life, along with numerous excerpts from his own pen---writings from his letters, commentaries, and sermons. In addition to summarizing the main topics of Calvin's Institutes, it lays out his ground-breaking political theory, which is an unparalleled contribution to human freedom.

In addition to glimpses into his personal life, it also includes much about his friendships, his struggles, and his literary interests. The result is a nontechnical volume that introduces the life, character, and legacy of John Calvin---one of the most significant figures in history.

821646: Beyond Stateliest Marble: The Passionate Femininity of Anne BradstreetBeyond Stateliest Marble: The Passionate Femininity of Anne Bradstreet
By Douglas Wilson / Cumberland House Publishing

As was true of the seventeenth-century Puritans, Anne Bradstreet was a colorful, lively, passionate, artful, and delightful person who took great relish in life and reveled in the earthly manifestations of beauty, goodness, and truth. A Puritan through and through, she imbibed from the deep wells of Puritan thought all her life. It was within that context and out of that milieu that she produced America's first great literary works. "Beyond Stateliest Marble" affords us a fascinating glimpse into the life and labors of a gifted poet and a startling reassessment of the Puritan world and its impact on the founding of America.

82470X: Glory and Honor: The Musical and Artistic Legacy of Johann Sebastian BachGlory and Honor: The Musical and Artistic Legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach
By Gregory Wilbur / Cumberland House Publishing

Surrounded by music as an orphaned child and resisting the influence of the Enlightenment as an adult, Bach wrote all of his magnificent music as a Christian---and inscribed his compositions "to the glory of God." This well-crafted biography reveals Bach's refusal to compromise his worship, academics, music, or his love of God's Word. 260 pages, hardcover from Cumberland.

821654: Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield
By Stephen Mansfield / Cumberland House Publishing

George Whitfield was one of the most extraordinary men of his time. Known mostly in connection with the Great Awakening of the 1700s, he befriended men like Benjamin Franklin, converted men like Patrick Henry, and inspired men like George Washington. Many of the American colonists considered him the father of their revolution. "Forgotten Founding Father" is an incisive look at the qualities of leadership that made him such an effective and powerful figure in both England and America and left a legacy that continues to this day.

825459: A Divine Light: The Spiritual Leadership of Jonathan EdwardsA Divine Light: The Spiritual Leadership of Jonathan Edwards
By David Vaughan / Cumberland House Publishing

Known mostly for his grand ideas on theology, Jonathan Edwards was one of the great thinkers during the era of the Great Awakening. His writings in metaphysics, ethics, and phychology proved a huge success along with the defense of Calvinism, and his Puritan heritage is still studied today by students of theology and philosophy.

823231: Give Me Liberty: The Christian Patriotism of Patrick HenryGive Me Liberty: The Christian Patriotism of Patrick Henry
By David Vaughan / Cumberland House Publishing

Patrick Henry was one of Virginia's greatest sons and America's greatest heroes. Heralded as the "Trumpet of the Revolution," he not only captured the imagination of the masses but also commanded the reverence and respect of his contemporaries, men like Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Historians speak of the "shot heard 'round the world." For more than two hundred years, the impassioned rhetoric of Patrick Henry-"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"- delivered in 1775 at the second Virginia Convention, has resounded in the hearts and minds of all who love freedom. Henry's life embodied the spirit of American courage and patriotism, a spirit that has inspired struggling peoples around the globe ever since. Give Me Liberty goes beyond the oratory and eloquence to portray this remarkable man, his family, his ideas, and his times as they actually were.

825848: Apostle of Liberty The World-Changing Leadership of George WashingtonApostle of Liberty The World-Changing Leadership of George Washington
By Stephen McDowell / Cumberland House Publishing

822243: Statesman and Saint  The Principled Politics of William WilberforceStatesman and Saint: The Principled Politics of William Wilberforce
By David Vaughan / Cumberland House Publishing

This moving biography of Wilberforce tells the story of his religious conversion in 1784 and his rise to leadership of the Clapham Secta group of evangelicals active in political, philanthropic, and religious causes. Under his leadership, the "Saints," as they were called, championed parliamentary and prison reforms, missionary endeavors, Bible distribution, and a host of other charitable efforts and organizations. These causes included the Church Missionary Society (established in 1799) and the British and foreign Bible Society (founded in 1804).

822251: All Things for Good: The Steadfast Fidelity of  Stonewall Jackson All Things for Good: The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson
By J. Steven Wilkins / Cumberland House Publishing

All Things for Good is a thoughtful addition to the Leaders in Action series. In it J. Steven Wilkins challenges some of the myths that surround Stonewall Jackson and celebrates his devout Christian beliefs.

39691: Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee, The Leaders in Action SeriesCall of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee
By J. Steven Wilkins / Cumberland House Publishing

Charles Bracelen Flood has said that the essence of Robert E. Lee "...was to be found not in what he said, but in what he did. There were dimensions to Lee, but his life was one long response to whatever struck him as being the call of duty." Duty to care for his mother-duty as a son, a student, a soldier, a husband and father, a general, and a mentor of students at both West Point and Washington College. Duty called to him at every point in his life.

82324X: Then Darkness Fled: The Liberating Wisdom of Booker T. WashingtonThen Darkness Fled: The Liberating Wisdom of Booker T. Washington
By Stephen Mansfield / Cumberland House Publishing

During his life, Booker T. Washington was among the most celebrated educators, authors, and statesmen of his day. To many African Americans today, Washington points the way toward prosperity and sophistication. Today his spiritual and economic wisdom is being reclaimed as a proven path of racial advance, and his ideas are again gaining currency among upwardly mobile African Americans. In this brief volume, Stephen Mansfield reviews the course of Washington's life and highlights those principles and practices that undergirded the great educator's ability to empower all people to be the best they can be.

39667: Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore RooseveltCarry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt
By George Grant / Cumberland House Publishing

Theodore Roosevelt stands out as one of the most exceptional leaders in American history. He was a devoted husband and father, a politician, a soldier, a war hero, a journalist, an editor, a cattle rancher, a scientist, an historian, a writer, an athlete, a hunter, and a diplomat. While the list of his exploits seems imposing, it was his passionate commitment to what he believed was right and good and true that was dynamically compelling -- even to those who opposed him. In this thought provoking look at his leadership in action, we see why he not only earned the respect and admiration of his contemporaries, but why, even today, he continues to capture our imagination.

53916: Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill, The Leaders in Action SeriesNever Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill
By Stephen Mansfield / Cumberland House Publishing

According to Henry Kissinger, "Our age finds it difficult to come to grips with Churchill. The political leaders with whom we are familiar generally aspire to be superstars rather than heroes. The distinction is crucial. Supterstars strive for approbation; heroes walk alone. Superstars crave consensus; heroes define themselves by the judgment of a future they see it as their task to bring about. Superstars seek success in a technique for eliciting support; heroes pursue success as the outgrowth of their inner values." Winston Churchill was a hero. In this incisive look at his leadership in action we see what it was that enabled him to do what few others have ever accomplished in the long annals of history: stand for principal and prevail. 233 pages, hardcover.

Christian Heroes & Heroes of History

Christian Heroes

Christian Heroes: Then and Now series
By Geoff and Janet Benge

There are several biographies in this series covering missionaries and other Christian leaders. The link will take you to a page with all the current titles. They are great for family read-together time or for upper elementary - jr. high to read on their own.

Heroes of History series
This series by the Benge's is biographies of historical heroes. Link will take you to all currently available titles.

Hero Tales & Trailblazers

20078X: Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives  of Christian Heroes, Volume IHero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, Volume I
By Dave & Neta Jackson / Bethany

Drawn from the lives of fifteen key Christian heroes, Hero Tales is a beautifully illustrated treasury of forty-five exciting and educational readings designed to help foster Christian character qualities in families with elementary-age children. This inspiring collection presents a short biography and three true stories for each hero, including:
  • Amy Carmichael
  • Martin Luther
  • Dwight L. Moody
  • Samuel Morris
  • Harriet Tubman
  • John Wesley
Whether read together at family devotions or alone, Hero Tales is an ideal way to acquaint children ages six to twelve with historically important Christians while imparting valuable lessons.

200798: Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives  of Christian Heroes, Volume IIHero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, Volume II
By Dave & Neta Jackson / Bethany

These inspiring true tales and beautiful illustrations make up this powerful treasury, featuring forty-five stories from influential Christian heroes' lives. Excitement and adventure allow elementary-age children to learn valuable lessons of virtue through the lives of important historical figures. Loved by parents and children alike, Dave and Neta Jackson's newly repackaged collections include the lives of heroic Christians such as John Bunyan, Jim Elliot, Watchman Nee, Corrie Ten Boom, and many more. Each story ends with a Scripture verse and discussion questions. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

200881: Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives  of Christian Heroes, Volume IIIHero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, Volume III
By Dave & Neta Jackson / Bethany

These inspiring true tales and beautiful illustrations make up this powerful treasury, featuring forty-five stories from influential Christian heroes' lives. Excitement and adventure allow elementary-age children to learn valuable lessons of virtue through the lives of important historical figures. Loved by parents and children alike, Dave and Neta Jackson's newly repackaged collections include the lives of heroic Christians such as Lottie Moon, Luis Palau, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, and many more. Each story ends with a Scripture verse and discussion questions. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

20081X: Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives  of Christian Heroes, Volume IVHero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, Volume IV
By Dave & Neta Jackson / Bethany

These inspiring true tales and beautiful illustrations make up this powerful treasury, featuring forty-five stories from influential Christian heroes' lives. Excitement and adventure allow elementary-age children to learn valuable lessons of virtue through the lives of important historical figures. Loved by parents and children alike, Dave and Neta Jackson's newly repackaged collections include the lives of heroic Christians.Each story ends with a Scripture verse and discussion questions. Ben Carson, John Harper, C.S. Lewis, John G. Paton and many more. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

8815: Hero Tales Volumes 1-3Hero Tales Volumes 1-3
By Dave & Neta Jackson / Bethany

Hero Tales 4 Volumes
By Dave & Neta Jackson / Bethany

Trailblazers

Trailblazers series
by Dave and Neta Jackson

Trailblazers are a series of Christian historical fiction woven into the biography of a missionary or Christian leader. We have read and enjoyed many of these, but not all, especially the more recent and/or unknown "heroes".

Here are the titles. Click here to see all the descriptions. Some are hard to find and may only be available from the authors (unless you find them used.)

Trailblazer Books 1-5
KIDNAPPED BY RIVER RATS (William & Catherine Booth)
THE QUEEN'S SMUGGLER (William Tyndale)
SPY FOR THE NIGHT RIDERS (Martin Luther)
THE HIDDEN JEWEL (Amy Carmichael)
ESCAPE FROM THE SLAVE TRADERS (David Livingstone)

Trailblazer Books 6-10
THE CHIMNEY SWEEP'S RANSOM (John Wesley)
THE BANDIT OF ASHLEY DOWNS (George Mueller)
IMPRISONED IN THE GOLDEN CITY (Adoniram & Ann Judson)
SHANGHAIED TO CHINA (Hudson Taylor)
LISTEN FOR THE WHIPPORWILL (Harriet Tubman)

Trailblazer Books 11-15
ATTACK IN THE RYE GRASS (Marcus & Narcissa Whitman)
TRIAL BY POISON (Mary Slessor)
FLIGHT OF THE FUGITIVES (Gladys Aylward)
THE BETRAYER'S FORTUNE (Menno Simons)
ABANDONED ON THE WILD FRONTIER (Peter Cartwright)

Trailblazer Books 16-20
DANGER ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE (D.L. Moody)
THE RUNAWAY'S REVENGE (John Newton)
THE THIEVES OF TYBURN SQUARE (Elizabeth Fry)
QUEST FOR THE LOST PRINCE (Samuel Morris)
THE WARRIOR'S CHALLENGE (David Zeisberger)

Trailblazer Books 21-25
THE DRUMMER BOY'S BATTLE (Florence Nightingale)
TRAITOR IN THE TOWER (John Bunyan)
DEFEAT OF THE GHOST RIDERS (Mary McLeod Bethune)
THE FATE OF THE YELLOW WOODBEE (Nate Saint)
THE GOLD MINERS' RESCUE (Sheldon Jackson)

Trailblazer Books 26-30
THE MAYFLOWER SECRET (Governor William Bradford)
MASK OF THE WOLF BOY (Jonathan & Rosalind Goforth)
ASSASSINS IN THE CATHEDRAL (Festo Kivengere)
RACE FOR THE RECORD (Joy Ridderhof)
AMBUSHED IN JAGUAR SWAMP (Barbrooke Grubb)

Trailblazer Books 31-34
THE FORTY-ACRE SWINDLE (George Washington Carver)
HOSTAGE ON THE NIGHTHAWK (William Penn)
JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE EARTH (William Seymour)
DRAWN BY A CHINA MOON (Lottie Moon)
SINKING THE DAYSPRING (John G. Patan)

Trailblazer Books 36-40
ROUNDUP OF THE STREET ROVERS (Charles Loring Brace)
BLINDED BY THE SHINING PATH (Rómulo Sauñe)
RISKING THE FORBIDDEN GAME (Maude Cary)
EXILED TO THE RED RIVER (Chief Spokane Garry)
CAUGHT IN THE REBEL CAMP (Fredrick Douglass)

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