How Few There Are Who Die So Hard by tmaples
January 28, 2008, 8:02 pm
Filed under: Books, Leadership, Manly men of history

 by Travis Maples

This is the title of John Piper’s biographical sketch of Adonirum Judson.  I want to encourage anybody and everybody to read Christian biographies.  They serve my soul in more ways than you can imagine and Piper has sketched out the lives of several men that will certainly inspire you to see and savor Jesus Christ more and more.  After all that’s what the author of Hebrews does for us in chapter 11 right?  Beginning with Abel and ending with Rahab, the author systematically draws out a very short biographical sketch of those that had gone before and lived lives of extraordinary faith.  His intent was to encourage people by pointing out the lives of the dead.  He uses their lives to supplement his initial definition by showing how they practically put faith into action.   There’s an intended response when we read biographies like these, it should have an effect in our souls when we see the way the those that have gone before us lived for another person in another place. That person is Jesus and that place is heaven.   “Therefore”, Hebrews 12:1 tell us, “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”  But not forgetting the most supreme biographical sketch we look to “Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy tha was set before him endured the cross”(Hebrews 12:2).

For further reading on the exhortation to read Christian Biography click here.  Here is a list of biography products that Desiring God has made available.  I’ve read most of them and I have to say my personal faves are George Mueller, Adonirum Judson and Charles Spurgeon.


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