Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review: 10 Christians Everyone Should Know by John Perry

10 Christians Everyone Should Know by John Perry is a book offering brief biographies of 10 notable Christians, including such diverse people as Jane Austen, Sergeant York, and Saint Patrick.

I've loved biographies since I was old enough to read, so I was excited to read this book. What I realized, once I dug into it however, is that this book appears to actually be abridged versions of "real" biographies of each of these 10 people. Now maybe this makes me a book snob, but I am NOT a fan of abridged . . . anything. Things are left out, and the abridged is almost never, in my experience, as good as the original.

I suspect that this is what happens with this book. I tried, over and over to get into this book and I just could NOT. I had hopes of using this book in our homeschool to teach my children about these notable Christians, but as I struggled to stay interested, reading it to myself, I realized that this would not be the best choice for sparking their interest in these amazing men and women.

That said, if you are looking to quickly get a general idea of what each of these notable Christians did, and what happened in their lives, this book does accomplish that. Also, at the end of each story, it lists the book that this person's story is taken from, so you could probably hunt down the original books for the people that interest you, and get a more complete, and hopefully more interesting, picture of their lives.

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