Released in the UK January 2021
Released in the US January 2021
Trade Paperback | 240 Pages
9781527106086 • £7.99 $10.99
BISAC – BIO018000
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.
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.
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.
Principal, Highland Theological College, Dingwall
… 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.
Speaker and author of several books, including ‘Everyone a Child Should Know’ and ‘First Wives’ Club’
This insightful collection of ten Christian leaders from different times and places reveal that knowing the past can be both liberating and illuminating. Maddock, Coulton, and Ciano ably demonstrate how earlier theologians, pastors, martyrs, and missionaries sought to live out the gospel and challenge contemporary readers to be faithful disciples of Jesus as well. This welcome introduction is well–researched, reflective, warm–hearted, and witty.
Associate professor Emeritus, Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
Each snapshot combines a brief biographical presentation with important lessons for the church to learn about obedience, faith, holiness, perseverance, courage, and mission. If readers are not familiar with these ten towering figures from the past, this book will bring them alive for today!
Gregg R. Allison
Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky