What do Groucho Marx and Roald Dahl have in common? Groucho Marx said,

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 

In similar vein, Roald Dahl urges us (in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory):

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”

So why not turn off the TV and start reading. And what better place to start than with some great stories of what God has done in the lives of some of the heroes of the faith. We’re looking at a personal selection of books to make up a recommended reading list. In list #4, we suggest a bookshelf filled with material to cultivate an appreciation of our rich heritage. Note there are also some other “history” books in some of the books listed earlier.

Top Ten History & Biography

Iain Murray: Revival and Revivalism - Edwards and Finney: revivals for better and for worse

C.H.Spurgeon: Autobiography (2 vols) - The best way to get to know Charles Spurgeon

Iain Murray: The Forgotten Spurgeon - The quick introduction to Spurgeon

J.I.Packer: A Quest for Godliness - An introduction to the Puritans

J.C.Ryle : Five Great English Reformers - Men who gave their lives for the truths of the Reformation

John G Paton: Autobiography [New Hebrides] - One of many stories of great pioneer missionaries

S.Pearce Carey: William Carey - A full account of the father of modern missions

Fox’s Book of Martyrs - Brief accounts of hundreds of heroes of the faith

Elisabeth Elliot: Shadow of the Almighty - The story of a modern missionary martyr: Jim Elliot

Marshall & Manuel: The Light and the Glory - The spiritual roots of the USA