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