Biographies!!! Any book is good in my book, but biographies have that extra-special twist to them that they are based on real life. It’s always neat to know that an inspiring person actually lived, and we can follow in their footsteps.
A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall
Peter Marshall, father, husband, pastor, and chaplain to the U.S. senate led an extraordinary, inspiring life. This biography (and the movie!) told from the perspective of his wife is so amazing and inspiring. He is such an enthusiastic, God-fearing character who loves the Lord with all his energy. He’s also a pretty fun, hilarious person to boot. 😉 (And the romance between him and his wife is really cute.) There are also a few of his sermons mixed into the book which was a neat bonus.
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
I know that this not technically a biography since Katherine is a fictional character, but it’s so realistic that I can’t help but wonder if it is based on the author’s own life. It’s quite the unique, open chronicle of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs. No wonder it’s one of our special “rite-of-passage” books for turning sixteen. 😉 (Especially since the main character is sixteen at the beginning of the book.)
Mr. Pipes series by Douglas Bond
This is a delightful four books series recounting a brother and sister’s adventures with their new friend Mr. Pipes as he teaches them about different hymns and their writers. We enjoyed this look into church history as a family. Makes a great read-aloud. 😉
Jolly Girl by Miriam E. Mason
This has been one of my favorites for a long time now. Maybe it’s because it’s about an author, or that it’s about close sisters, or maybe it’s just because the illustrations are so good. (If you read it, read the version with the silhouettes.) 😉 Whatever the reason, it’s pretty awesome. 😉
John Hyde by Francis McGaw
Talk about a book being formative!! I read this book as a young teenager and was struck by “the apostle of prayer’s” faith in God and how he was used by Him. Definitely spurred me on to greater faith in God and belief in the power of prayer. 😉
Isn’t it amazing that just a spark of faith can do great things for God just like a tiny spark can light a whole bonfire?
For links to the other blogs participating in this party and entries for the grand prize, visit our hostess blog. 😉