Monday, June 15, 2009

Hendrickson Classic Biography Series

Church libraries and most home libraries ought to be filled with well-written Christian biographies. I have highlighted this series before, and I would like to do so again. Hendrickson Publishers have been reprinting classic texts for a long time and here is a bright new feather in their cap. It is the Hendrickson Classic Biographies Series, and it contains some of the best stories that have blessed the greater part of the church for years. The titles included in this series are as follows:

Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Retail Price: $16.95
Publication Date: June 2008
ISBN: 9781598562491
ISBN-13: 9781598562491

George Müller of Bristol (1805–1898)
Author: Arthur Tappan Pierson
Retail Price: $17.95
Publication Date: April 2008
ISBN: 9781598562521
ISBN-13: 9781598562521

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret
Author: Howard and Geraldine Taylor
Retail Price: $14.95
Publication Date: April 2008
ISBN: 9781598562538
ISBN-13: 9781598562538

The Hiding Place
Author: Corrie ten Boom
Retail Price: $17.95
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781598563399
ISBN-13: 9781598563399

And God Came In: The Extraordinary Story of Joy Davidman
Author: Lyle W. Dorsett
Retail Price: $17.95
Publication Date: June 2009

ISBN: 9781598563566

Born Again
Author: Charles Wendell Colson
Retail Price: $17.95
Publication Date: April 2008
ISBN: 9781598562514
ISBN-13: 9781598562514

Saint Francis of Assisi
Author: Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Retail Price: $14.95
Publication Date: September 2008
ISBN: 9781598562828
ISBN-13: 9781598562828

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
Author: Roland H. Bainton
Retail Price: $19.95
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781598563337
ISBN-13: 9781598563337

Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography
Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Retail Price: $14.95
Publication Date: July 2008
ISBN: 9781598562811
ISBN-13: 9781598562811

The Heart of John Wesley's Journal
Author: John Wesley
Editor: Percy Livingstone Parker
Retail Price: $18.95
Publication Date: October 2008
ISBN: 9781598563009
ISBN-13: 9781598563009

All of these volumes are hardback (cloth) with dust jackets and have been freshly typeset. These are absolutely beautiful volumes which will not only look spectacular on the shelf but will provide rich spiritual benefit to all who will read and consider God's mighty works among the children of men. In these volumes are contained portraits of lives molded by God.

The object of reading biography, it cannot be too earnestly or too often said, is not imitation but inspiration.

Therefore, to the lives of other men you must carry a true life of your own—convictions, intentions, resolutions, a true character. Then your career will not be swamped by theirs, though theirs may give to yours color and direction; then they will make you wiser, stronger, braver, but they will leave you still yourself. Here is the only danger which I know in the reading of biographies, lest he who reads shall lose himself, shall come to be not himself, but the feeble repetition of some other man. It is the danger which attends all friendship, all personal intercourse of man with man. Your own responsibilities, your own chances, your own thoughts, your own hopes, your own religion, which are different from those of any other man who ever lived, those you must keep sacred, and then summon the inspiration of the greatest and most vital men whom you can find to touch your life with their fire, and make you not what they are, but more thoroughly and energetically yourself.

- Phillips Brooks "Biography" in Essays and Addresses Literary and Social (Dutton, 1894), 446-47.

Closely associated with this series is the Hendrickson Christian Classics Series. These, too, are beautiful, substantive volumes.