Thursday, September 27, 2012

Three biographies you will not want to miss

Do you ever feel that computers have taken over your life? (sometimes, I do) 

I enjoyed my August blogging break and having more time to read ... three great (auto)biographies

1. Living on the Devil's Doorstep:The McClung Family Story by Floyd McClung

This is one of my favorite books on raising kids in a full-time ministry family. The McClungs lived in crazy places and did wild things ... and included their children. (wise parents) 

This book is also worth a read just to see what Floyd does when he feels God is calling him to move his family into the red light district in Amsterdam - and God has not told his wife ... yet. (wise husband)  


2. Steel in his Soul: The Dick Hillis Story by Jan Winebrenner

Dick Hillis founded the organization my parents served with in our Viet Nam years. Dick was a humble, amazing and godly guy.

Two things stood out to me this time:

          * God did some miracles for the Hillis 
             family. Jaw dropping, wild miracles.

          *They also really suffered.

It is good for me to learn more about this dichotomy.  I see it in Paul's life and others in Scripture. Dick Hillis' story in an encouragement to me in these uncertain days.

And, my parents are mentioned in the book. 

3. In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord (a protective pseudonym)

For five years, Kate worked for a non-profit organization in Afghanistan with the goal of helping Afghan women.

In simple, beautiful and winsome words, she shares the story of the women that became her friends.

Two things I really loved

          *Kate shares Jesus, not western culture

          *Kate reflects on how we become like
            the person we follow

I loved this book.
A little parenting note: Our children can learn so much from real stories. Read great biographies to your kids. Give great biographies as gifts. Take your children to hear people tell their stories. And when the rare opportunity arises, invite a hero to share dinner with your family.


  1. I have always loved biographies. As a school girl, the bios were always in orange covers and the illustrations were silhouettes. I don't think the computer is taking over my life, just giving me a new way to live a part of that life. It allows me to have meaningful friendships with people I would have never met otherwise!! Of course, there's always something else I could be doing.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. I love biographies too! I will check these out! Thanks for the recommendations!


  3. Yes, I do sometimes feel like computers (and the internet) are taking over my life. Our lives. *sigh*

    I adore biographies. My daughter's favorite when she was about 10 was "Gladys Aylward", who was a missionary to China. It was a fascinating book that we read aloud.

    The selections you've mentioned here sound fantastic, and I'm going to make every effort to read them. I recently read "The Color of Rain", a true, incredible story of love, illness, loss, and God's amazing ability to bring love again. I highly recommend it.

    Blessings to you!

  4. Glenda biographies and autobiographies have always fascinated me. There is something that can be so inspiring about looking into anothers life and how they handle situations.

    2012 Artist Series

  5. Glenda, these look like good reads, especially the one about Afghanistan which has always fascinated me. Are you familiar with A Candle In The Window ministries?
    It's about the Joy of Christian hospitality and what I thought about when I read your last sentence.

  6. Thanks for these great reviews Glenda. You've got me wanting to run to the bookstore! I loved hearing your story, it was like a wonderful book!

  7. Your parents are in a book? Oooh, famous!!

    I love biographies - so incredibly inspiring! I'm always on the look-out for more so thank you for recommending these.


  8. That's awesome about your parents! I always enjoy reading biographies xo

  9. I always have my nose stuck in a book and do enjoy some biographies ~ great to hear that you enjoyed these so much and kudos for your Mom & Dad to be mentioned in one of them! I always think it is cool when you are reading about a place where you have been and can picture the places in your mind. Happy week-end.

  10. I will search these out. It takes me a long time to read these days. Hopefully I can find these in a talking book format. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  11. What an ambitious reader you are! I'm still working on The White Queen...historical novel set in the time of the English Wars of the Roses.

  12. I haven't read any of the three books. Rarely do I read biographies. Perhaps the time has come to read postitieve biographies now? Of course I read one, that of Corrie ten Boom;-)

    1. The Hiding Place, the story of Corrie ten Boom is may favorite biography of all time.

  13. I haven't read any of these--they are going on my list. Even in grade school I loved biographies. My girls do--especially missionary stories (an influence from Grandma Kuhn). Have you read "Kisses for Kate?" Emily recently downloaded it and I'm eager to read it.

  14. We are using My Father's World for school this year, and we got all of the wonderful missionary books that go with our years curriculum. LOVE reading true stories of those that were sold out for God and seeing His mighty works in their lives!

  15. I haven't read these, but one of the joys of home schooling for me has been the biographies we have read and I am now repeating with Benjamin...I will put these on my list


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