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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 J. Maddock
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Ten fascinating bite–sized biographies of the Christians people expect you to know.

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 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: The Grace of God Defeated Me

3. Anselm: Faith Seeking Understanding

4. Martin Luther: Here I Stand

5. Thomas Cranmer: Lord Jesus, Receive My Spirit

6. Richard Baxter: Keep These Hearts Above

7. John Wesley: A Brand Plucked from the Burning

8. Hudson Taylor: These I Must Bring Also

9. Spurgeon: Preaching, Prayer and Perseverance

10. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship


This book is ideal for anyone wanting a biref, entertaing and illuminating overview of the lives and beliefs of these ten giants of Christian history.

Ian J. Maddock

About Ian J. Maddock

Ian J. Maddock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) serves as Senior Lecturer in Christian Thought at Sydney Missionary and Bible College.


  • Author: Ian J. Maddock
  • Release Date: January 2021
  • Pages: 240
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781527106086
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


I warmly commend this page–turner, not least as an appetizer which will encourage you to delve more deeply into various aspects of Church (including missionary) history across the centuries. May these sketches challenge, perhaps correct, yet also motivate you to emulate significant aspects of these examples of committed, costly Christian discipleship.

Hector Morrison, Principal, Highland Theological College, Dingwall

… 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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