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10 Dead Guys You Should KnowStanding on the Shoulders of Giants

10 Dead Guys You Should Know

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Ian Maddock
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This product is due for release in January 2021


While Christians have always prized the Bible as our ultimate authority in matters of faith and practice, we also recognize that the Christian life is an intergenerational and communal activity. This collection of ten short biographies will introduce you to Christians from a variety of places and times, who all boldly preached the gospel, despite the risk to personal reputations and safety. How short–sighted it would be not to glean insights from our ancestors, whether that entails learning how to walk in their steps – or else avoiding their missteps.

Written by Ian Maddock, Rachel Ciano and Stuart Colton, who all teach church history at and edited by Ian Maddock. Each chapter has suggested further reading, and additional suggestions ‘for the adventurous’.


Chapter Headings:

1. Athanasius: Against the World

2. Augustine: A Legacy of God’s Grace

3. Anselm: Faith Seeking Understanding

4. Luther: Here I Stand!

5. Cranmer: Faithful Martyr

6. Baxter: Heaven On His Mind

7. John Wesley: A Brand Plucked from the Burning

8. Hudson Taylor: A Heart for the Lost

9. Spurgeon: Preaching, Prayer and Perseverance

10. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship

Ian Maddock

About Ian Maddock

Ian Maddock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) serves as Senior Lecturer in Theology at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. He is author of ‘Men of One Book: A Comparison of Two Methodist Preachers, John Wesley and George Whitefield’ and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


  • Author: Ian Maddock
  • Release Date: January 2021
  • Pages: 160
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781527106086
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


If you think church history and theology is just dead guys from the distant past saying complicated things, this book is for you. In '10 Dead Guys You Should Know' the lives, thinking and impact of ten of the most important ‘dead guys’ have been brought to life. Famous names become interesting characters and big ideas are explained simply and clearly in a way that shows why they are still important today.

Clare Heath–Whyte, Speaker and author of several books, including ‘Everyone a Child Should Know’ and ‘First Wives’ Club’

Not a Madam Tussauds of the Christian church across the ages but an expansion of the cloud of witnesses of Hebrews 12:1 for us to learn from. This is the thought that was impressed on my mind as I delved in the chapters of this precious book. Ten Christian leaders from Athanasius to Dietrich Bonhoeffer are introduced through the lenses of their biography and their main contributions and struggles. Each presentation ends with an interesting section on their legacy which reaches beyond their historical context, without falling into the trap of a misguided form of Protestant hagiography. The book is an excellent read to stir the passion for Church history and to encourage the development of a historical awareness for our faith. 

Leonardo De Chirico, Church planter in central Rome
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