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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 November, 2011

Wholesomewords - The Best Christian Biography Resources on the web

Click the main page - for a list of biographies

Echoes from Glory: sayings of Christians of the past

Missionary Biographies

Miscellaneous Sources

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

Sword of the Lord Biographies: biographies of preachers

Biography of George Muller the entire book by A. T. Pierson


Puritans - Multiple Listings with short bio and links to writings


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 (
Baxter & His Gospel) (Bio) (Writings) ("I a dying man to dying men")
Bliss, Phillip (songwriter companion of D Moody)
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship)
Bonar, Andrew
Bonar, Horatius
Boom, Corrie (Boom, Corrie Ten)
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) (Youtube)
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 (Hundreds of hymns) (Crosby, Frances "Fanny") (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 (Writings) (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 (Bio) (Youtube) (Jesus Book - 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
Kuhn, Isobel
Kuyper, Abraham
Latimer, Hugh (Bio)
LeTourneau, R G
Liddell, Eric
 (Liddell, Eric)
Lightfoot, J. B.
Lincoln, Abraham
Livingstone, David (Bio) (Bio)("Dr. Livingstone I presume" - Stanley)ry
Lloyd-Jones, Dr. Martyn
Lloyd-Jones, Martyn - The Need for Revival and Baptism with the Holy Spirit (by  John Piper)
Luther, Martin: Lessons from His Life and Labor (by John Piper)
Luther, Martin
(Luther, Martin)
MacDonald, George
Machen, J Gresham: Response to Modernism  (Machen, J. Gresham)

Manton, Thomas  (Manton, Thomas) (Writings)

Marsden, Samuel
Marshall, Peter

Martyn, Henry (Bio) (Short Youtube Bio)
Matheson, George

M'Cheyne, Robert Murray  (Bio) (Bio)
Mears, Henrietta (The Henrietta Mears Story - Online book)
Melanhcthon, Philip  (Melanchthon, Philip) (Melanchthon, Philip)
Dwight L. Moody: His Life & Work (550 page book)AA
Moon, Lottie

Morgan, G. Campbell  (Morgan, G. Campbell)
Mueller, George - Strategy for Showing God
Mueller, George (Müller, George -- Scripture Knowledge Institute)
Murray, Andrew
Newton, John: The Tough Roots of His Habitual Tenderness
Newton, John  (Bio) (Bio)
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
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  (Bio and books)
Slessor, Mary (Slessor, Mary)

Smith, Gypsy (online 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, Dawson (Born to Reproduce) (Other Writings)
Tyndale, William (Alternative) (Execution)
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
Wesley, Charles (Wesley, Charles)
Wesley, John 
Wesley, John--Impact on America
Wesley, John--Revival
Wesley, Susanna  (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)

Zwingli, Ulrich (Zwingli, Uhlrich--Death )


Biographical Sketches of the Translators & Reformers (BlueLetterBible)


John Wycliffe
William Tyndale
Miles Coverdale
Thomas Cranmer
Venerable Bede
John Huss
Hugh Latimer
Nicholas Ridley

John Rogers
Laurence Saunders
Summary of 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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