Favorite books: Non-fiction

Here are some books that I’ve especially enjoyed and/or that have been especially helpful to me:

Christian nonfiction:

Changed Into His Image by Jim Berg

Spiritual Depression by D. Martin Lloyd Jones

Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

Almost anything by Elisabeth Elliot, but especially Let me Be a Woman, On Asking God Why, Keep a Quiet Heart, and The Shaping of a Christian Family.

How To Say No to a Stubborn Habit by Erwin Lutzer

The Ministry of Marriage by Jim Binney

Dare to Discipline by James Dobson

How I Know God Answers Prayer by Rosalind Goforth

Rose From Brier by Amy Carmichael

A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliot

When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes.

Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur by Frank Houhgton

A Chance to Die about Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Diebler Rose

Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot about her late husband, Jim, and Through Gates of Splendor about the five missionaries killed by the Auca Indians.
To the Golden Shore about Adoniram Judson
Hudson Taylor: Growth of a Soul and Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret.

By Searching and In the Arena by Isobel Kuhn

Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins is excellent. Her father, Georgi Vins, was a pastor behind the Iron Curtain who was imprisoned. I had heard of and prayed for him way back when I was in college. I was blessed reading about their lives from Natasha’s viewpoint and seeing how the Lord sustained them and provided for them.

Goforth of China and Climbing by Rosalind Goforth. Goforth’s life and faith is very convicting and inspiring. Climbing is a memoir of some of Rosalind’s struggles — very transparent. I recommended this to someone who said that it was refreshing to see someone share their struggles, that so often biographies make the subject seem highly elevated and so perfect that we feel we can never live up to them. But to see someone “of like passions as we are” struggle and grow was inspiring and helpful.

Gladys Aylward: Missionary to China by Sam Wellman. There is a interesting section detailing why she didn’t like the movie made about her, “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.”

Daktar by Viggo Olsen.

My Heart in His Hands about Ann Judson by Sharon James.

Mountain Rain by Eileen Crossman and Behind the Ranges by Geraldine Taylor about J. O. Fraser.

John Paton by Benjamin Unseth.

Peace Child by Don Richardson (although the first chapter is rather gruesome.)
The Valley is Bright by Nell Collins

Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon by Charles Ray.

Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn about one of the last families to leave China after communism crept in, how the Lord ministered to them and through them.

The God I Love by Joni Eareckson Tada

Mimosa by Amy Carmichael

Second-Mile People by Isobel Kuhn
Christian biographies have been one of the most influential things in my life. Besides the ones already mentioned, other favorites are biographies of Gladys Aylward, Mary Slessor, William Carrey, Henry Martyn, Ann Judson, and probably a dozen more that I can’t think of just now.
The Messies Manual by Sandra Felton

Confessions of an Organized Homemaker and Confessions of a Happily Organized Family by Deniece Schofield

6 thoughts on “Favorite books: Non-fiction

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  4. Hello. Found your blog through a search for A.C.’s poetry. After checking out your reading lists, and seeing MANY of my own favorites, and some new-to-me titles I want to check out, I’d like to offer you a few others to check out.

    A Passion for the Impossible (bio of Lillias Trotter, a friend of A.C.’s),
    and the watercolor painting book compiled by the same author,
    books by Mildred Cable (rare, out of print, WORTH the searching for–CIMer of 20+ years who went off itinerating in the Gobi!)
    Sand and Stars by Ruth Stull,
    Margaret Paton (published by Banner of Truth),
    Nine Day Queen by Faith Cook

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