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And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (see notes Hebrews 6:11; 12)


Daniel 6:16  Then the king gave orders & Daniel was brought in & cast into the lions' den. The king spoke &  said to Daniel "Your God Whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you."...(Daniel said) 22  "My God sent His angel & shut the lions' mouths & they have not harmed me..."

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Updated April 25, 2015

Wholesomewords - Some of the Best Christian Biography Resources on the web

Click the main page - for a list of biographies

Missionary Biographies

Miscellaneous Sources

Pastor Steven Cole's long list of Christian Biographies and short comments

Preacher's and Evangelists - Christian History - very nice, especially magazine bio's

Theologians - Christian History - very nice, especially magazine bio's

Missionaries - Christian History - very nice, especially magazine bio's

Christians in Britain - Christian History - very nice, especially magazine bio's

The Cyber Hymnal: Biographies: click on the alphabet on the left margin

Fox's Book of Martyrs - "After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the Book of Martyrs. Even in our time it is still a living force. It is more than a record of persecution. It is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, as well as a source of edification." - James Miller Dodds, English Prose.


Don't forget to search "Google" for Christian Biographies (Hint: put the name in quotes e.g.,  "Jonathan Edwards")


Biographies from Dr John Piper at Desiring God


These synopses of the lives of some of the greatest saints of old placing emphasis on what made them the men of God that history has proven them to be.


John Piper has an excellent sermon to stimulate us to read biographies of our ancestors in the faith, writing that...

Hebrews 11 is a divine mandate to read Christian biography. The unmistakable implication of the chapter is that, if we hear about the faith of our forefathers (and mothers), we will "lay aside every weight and sin" and "run with perseverance the race that is set before us" (Heb 12:1-note). If we asked the author, "How shall we stir one another up to love and good works?" (Heb 10:24-note), his answer would be: "Through encouragement from the living (Heb 10:25-note) and the dead" (Heb 11-note). Christian biography is the means by which "body life" cuts across the generations. (Read Dr Piper's entire message Brothers, Read Christian Biography)


Spiritual Journeys of Some Great Christians (various sources)

Alford, Henry (Henry Alford) (Henry Alford - In "Biographical Sketches" by A J Hare, 1895) (Bio)
Athanasius (
Athanasius--Exile) (Athanasius--Creed)
Augustine: The Swan is Not Silent
Baxter, Richard (Writings) ("I a dying man to dying men") (Writings)

Richard Baxter - Christian History Magazine
Bliss, Phillip (songwriter companion of D Moody)
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship)
Bonar, Andrew
Bonar, Horatius
Corrie Ten Boom
Booth, William
Borden, William
Brainerd, David - Life & Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards (Bio)
Brainerd, David: Oh, That I May Never Loiter On My Heavenly Journey!
Brainerd, David--Conversion (Brainerd, David--Dark Night of Soul)
Broadus, John
Brooks, Phillips
Bunyan, John: The Life of John Bunyan  (
The Death of John Bunyan)
Bunyan, John: To Live Upon God that Is Invisible (Bunyan, John)
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
Calvin, John: The Divine Majesty of the Word
Carey, William (Carey, William) (Life of William Carey)
Carmichael, Amy (by Elisabeth Elliot) (Carmichael, Amy) (Carmichael, Amy) (Songs)
Carver, George Washington
Chambers, Oswald (Bio) (Bio)
Chalmers, James: Missionary to Cannibals (Chalmers, James)

Chapman, J. Wilbur

Charnock, Stephen - author of "Existence & Attributes of God"
Chesterton, Gilbert Keith
Chrysostom, John
Colson, Charles
Coverdale Bible
Cowper, William (Bio) (Hymns) (God Moves in a Mysterious Way - downcast? Listen to this one!)
Cowper, William: Insanity and Spiritual Songs in the Soul of a Saint (by John Piper)
Cranmer, Thomas
Crosby, Fanny (Hymns) (Bio) (Crosby, "Fanny) (Some poetry)
Doddridge, Philip  (Hymns written)
Drummond, Henry (Bio) (Website including links to his online books)
Dwight, Timothy
Edwards, Jonathan: The Pastor as Theologian (by John Piper)  
Edwards, Jonathan (Great Awakening) (Edwards - Marriage)
Elliot, Jim (alternate site) (Youtube)
Edersheim, Alfred (Writings)
Evans, Christmas
Flint, Annie Johnson   
 (some of her poetry)

Fox's Book of Martyrs
Fox, George: Autobiography (
Fox, George - Founder of Quakers)
Goforth, Jonathan  (Goforth, Jonathan)
Goodwin, Thomas (Bio)
Guthrie, James
Handel, George Frederic
(Handel) (Music for Hymns) (I Know That My Redeemer Lives)

Havergal, Frances Ridley (Frances Ridley's Hymns) (Like A River Glorious)
Havner, Vance  (Youtube) ("Jesus Only" - online book) (Online audio sermons) (Quotes)
Hodge, Charles
Hus, John (English Bible History) (Bio) (Hour long video)
Hyde, John  (Hyde, John)  (Praying Hyde by Francis A. McGaw)
Judson, Adoniram

Judson, Adoniram: How Few There Are Who Die So Hard (by John Piper)
Judson, Ann (Judsons in Rangoon)
Knox, John (Preaching of John Knox in the Power of the Holy Spirit)
Kuhn, Isobel
Kuyper, Abraham
Latimer, Hugh (Bio)
LeTourneau, R G
Liddell, Eric
 (Liddell, Eric) (video documentary)
Lightfoot, J. B.
Lincoln, Abraham
Livingstone, David (Bio) (Bio)("Dr. Livingstone I presume" - Stanley)
Lloyd-Jones, Dr. Martyn
 (Spiritual Depression-video) (False Believer-video)(Heal Brokenhearted)
Lloyd-Jones, Martyn - Need for Revival and Baptism with the Holy Spirit (Work of the Holy Spirit)
Luther, Martin: Lessons from His Life and Labor (by John Piper)  (Everlasting Gospel-youtube)
Luther, Martin
(Luther, Martin) (videos)
MacDonald, George
Machen, J Gresham: Response to Modernism  (Machen, J. Gresham)

Manton, Thomas  (Manton, Thomas) (Bio)

Marsden, Samuel
Marshall, Peter 
(Sermon on youtube - Contrast of Faith)
Martyn, Henry (Bio) (Short Youtube Bio)
Matheson, George

M'Cheyne, Robert Murray  (Bio) (Bio)
Mears, Henrietta = Online book
Melanhcthon, Philip  (Melanchthon, Philip) (Melanchthon, Philip)
Moody, Dwight L: His Life & Work (550 page book) (videos)
Moon, Lottie (bio) (bio for kids) (bio)(Video)

Morgan, G. Campbell
Mueller, George - Strategy for Showing God  (video 1) (video 2) (video 3) (video 4)
Mueller, George (Müller, George -- Scripture Knowledge Institute)
Murray, Andrew
Newton, John: The Tough Roots of His Habitual Tenderness
Newton, John  (Bio) (Bio) (Wonderful bio by Eric Metaxas - not free)
Owen, John: The Chief Design of My Life: Mortification and Universal Holiness
Owen, John
Packer, J I
Parker, Joseph
Pascal, Blaise (Pascal, Blaise--Conversion )
Paton, John G: You Will be Eaten by Cannibals! (Bio)
Pierson, Arthur T.
Pink, Arthur (critique)
Polycarp (Polycarp--Death)

Puritans - Multiple Listings with short bio and links to writings

Puritans - Christian History

Ridley, Nicholas

Rutherford, Samuel
Ryle, John Charles

Sankey, Ira
Savonarola (Savonarola's Bonfire of the Vanities) (Savonarola)
Schaeffer, Francis

Scofield, Cyrus I
Simeon, Charles: Brothers, We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering
Simeon, Charles
Simpson, A B
Slessor, Mary (Slessor, Mary)

Smith, Gypsy (book)
Spafford, Horatio
Spurgeon, Charles Preaching Through Adversity   (Bio) (Spurgeon's Personal Testimony: must read)
Spurgeon, Charles and Susannah
Stam, John
Studd, C. T. (Studd, C. T.)
Taylor, Hudson (
Taylor, Hudson) (Taylor, Hudson)
Toplady, Augustus
(List of hymns including Rock of Ages) (Toplady, Augustus)
Tozer, A W
 (Tozer, A. W)
Trench, R C
Trotman, Born to Reproduce) (Other Writings) Condensed Biography
Tyndale, William (Alternative) (Execution)   (God's Outlaw - full movie
von Zinzendorf, Count Nicholas Ludwig
(Moravian Missions) (Hymns-Jesus Thy Blood & Righteousness)
Warfield, Benjamin Breckinridge
Watson, Thomas
Watts, Isaac (Watts, Isaac) (Watts, Isaac)  (Hymns by Watts)
Webster, Noah  (Short bio) (bio)
Wesley, Charles (Wesley, Charles)
Wesley, John 
Wesley, John--Impact on America
Wesley, John--Revival
Wesley, Susanna  (Wesley, Susanna)
Whitefield, George (
Whitefield, George) (Whitefield, George)
Whyte, Alexander
Wilberforce, William (Wilberforce - Death) (Wilberforce, William)
Wycliffe, John (Wycliffe, John--Death) (Wycliffe, John) (Movie - Morningstar of the Reformation) (Video)

Zwingli, Ulrich (Zwingli, Uhlrich--Death )


Multi-part Articles from Christian History Magazine - excellent


The African Apostles - Christian History

Anabaptists - Christian History

Thomas Aquinas - Christian History

The Gospel According to J.S. Bach - Christian History

Richard Baxter and the English Puritans- Christian History

Dietrich Bonhoeffer- Theologian in Nazi Germany - Christian History

William and Catherine Booth - Christian History

John Bunyan and Pilgrim's Progress - Christian History

John Calvin - Christian History

William Carey - Christian History

John Chrysostom- Christian History

Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation - Christian History

Jonathan Edwards- Christian History

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening - Christian History

Jonathan Edwards - Christian History

Huguenots and the Wars of Religion - Christian History

Adoniram & Ann Judson - Christian History

John Knox - Christian History

David Livingstone - Christian History

Martin Luther - Early Years - Christian History

Martin Luther - Later Years - Christian History

George MacDonald - Christian History

Dwight L. Moody - Christian History

John Newton-  Christian History

The Apostle Paul and His Times - Christian History

Casper Schwenckfeld: Forgotten Reformer - Christian History

Charles H. Spurgeon - Christian History

Hudson Taylor & Missions to China - Christian History

The Waldensians- Christian History

The Wesleys-- Christian History

The Wesleys: Founders of Methodism

John Wesley - Christian History

John Wesley- Leader of the Methodist Movement - Christian History

George Whitefield - Christian History

William Wilberforce and the Abolition of the Slave Trade- Christian History

Zinzendorf and the Moravians - Christian History (A Prayer Meeting that Lasted 100 Years)

Zwingli - Father of Swiss Reformation - Christian History



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 Issues 25-49
 Issues 50-74
 Issues 75-99


Biographical Sketches of the Translators & Reformers


John Wycliffe

William Tyndale

Miles Coverdale

Thomas Cranmer

Venerable Bede

John Huss

Hugh Latimer

Nicholas Ridley

John Rogers

Laurence Saunders

A Brief Summary of the History of the Reformation

Martin Luther

The Burning of the Bibles

Cardinal Wolsey



These links are listed for your convenience and their presence does not necessarily signify that I agree with everything written on each site. The best policy is to "Examine everything carefully. Hold fast to that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil." (See 1Thes 5:21, 22-note Acts 17:11-note)


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