Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The Dead Still Speak

Read biographies of God’s great men. Try to read at least one book a month. These dead still speak. Time proves a man’s work. Dwell on the lives of those who had power with God and prevailed. Look for secrets of their Christian walk. What did these men have that you can develop? - Winkie Pratney, Youth Aflame

Over the years I have read countless number of stirring biographies and autobiographies that contained fresh morsels for my journey at that given time. Apart from times of seeking God’s face through prayer and the Scriptures, a good riveting account of a saint from a bygone era will do wonders for my soul. Currently I am delving into The Heart of Asbury’s Journals (edited by Ezra Tipple) - as written by Francis Asbury. He is the called the Father of American Methodism. This treasure was a gift to me when I graduated recently from Regent University.

Years ago (‘96ish) while researching at the James Madison University library for a term paper, a blue book caught my eye. I can’t recall the title, but I can vividly recount the story about Asbury braving the harsh climate to reach a home where he was to preach. This entailed going through a marshy swampland despite the enduring poor health that plagued him at that time. This account left an indelible impression upon me. Although brief, this window captured the commitment of our spiritual forefather in spite of great odds and adversity. My struggles as a college student no longer seemed to be looming larger than life as I properly contextualize my current situation. So whenever I find myself in a difficult season, I often will turn to biographies to glean from seasoned men and women of God who endured much for the Cause of Christ. Hence, I am both humbled and inspired; broken, yet compelled; in awe, but challenged.

Here are a few that I have read:

Rees Howell Intercessor by Norman Grubb

The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun - this is a modern day account

Forgotten Founding Father: Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield by Stephen Mansfield

Before We Kill and Eat You: The Miracles and Adventures of a Pioneer Missionary Couple in Africa by H.B. Garlock

Do you have any that you would recommend reading? I'm always open to finding great biographies to read!

For His Cause,

Brian Francis Hume

1 comment:

weave said...

Brian, some of my favorite biographies are fictionalized accounts of real history. Among them are: The Frontiersman by Allen Eckert, and Long Knife, Follow the River, and From Sea to Shining Sea, by James Alexander Thom.

The Frontiersman focuses on two primary characters from American history: Simon Kenton, a rugged frontiersman, and Tecumseh, the legendary Shawnee chief.

Two of Thom's books, Long Knife and From Sea to Shining Sea, are about the Clark family of Virginia, actually just south of you in Caroline County. William Clark was, of course, THE Clark of Lewis and Clark, and his older brother, George Rogers Clark, was a magnificent Revolutionary War leader, who with a small rag-tag band of men, subdued the British in what was then the Northwest Territory.

Follow the River is the true, harrowing story of Mary Draper Ingalls, her capture by the Shawnee, her escape, and her long, perilous journey home.

Great, inspiring stories all.