I love inspiring stories. Ones that share snippets of people’s lives long past lived, the work they did and the world they changed. I wonder if, even with the things they did, they could have imagined the impact their lives would have so long after they died.
What do Abraham Lincoln, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Louis Pasteur, Frederick Douglass, Florence Nightingale, and John D. Rockefeller Sr. all have in common? They all changed the world–and they were all Christians. Now the little-known stories of faith behind twelve influential people of history are available in one inspiring volume.
They Were Christians reveals the faith-filled motivations behind some of the most outstanding political, scientific, and humanitarian contributions of history. From the founding of the Red Cross to the family crisis that drove America’s favorite president to his knees and cracked his religious skepticism, the fascinating stories of these faithful history-makers will inspire, encourage, and entertain readers of history and biography.
I liked the setup Krusen used. Each chapter/feature starts with a few paragraphs of his personal thoughts (why he chose the people). I enjoyed that, as it gave extra insight into why I should go on to read the chapter. I imagine it’s hard to write a book focusing on just a few people who changed the the world, but I appreciated the variety Krusen used. There were several I knew nothing or very little of, but also people (like Lincoln and Douglass), who are more widely known.
Even if you aren’t a big history buff, this is a book showing the ways God has used people in the past and that’s always encouraging and inspiring.
Do you have a favorite history read?
(Thank you to Baker Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)