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Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions. His legacy remains varied and vast. He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker.

In C.S. Lewis—A Life, Alister McGrath, prolific author and respected professor at King’s College of London, paints a definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis. After thoroughly examining recently published Lewis correspondence, Alister challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the exact timing of Lewis’s shift from atheism to theism and then to Christianity. He paints a portrait of an eccentric thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.
AuthorMcGrath, Alister
Year Published2013
Category: Biography
THE TRUE STORY OF OCTOBER 2, 2006, WHEN CHARLES ROBERTS ENTERED AN AMISH SCHOOLHOUSE,bound and shot ten schoolgirls, and then committed suicide, stunned all who read the headlines or watched the drama unfold on television screens. Even more startling than the violence was the quiet yet powerful response of the Amish community offering unconditional forgiveness to the murderer and reaching out to his family with baskets of food and warm welcomes into their homes. Could such forgiveness be genuine, truly heartfelt?  How could they forgive someone who killed their innocent daughters? How could they reach out and embrace his family, expressing unconditional love for them in these circumstances? And so began Jonas Beiler's journey into this story --the story behind the headlines, behind the farmhouse doors, around the lantern-lit kitchen tables, at the local market, and alongside the tiny coffins. Think No Evil is the first insider account of the tragic events and reveals God's gift of forgiveness, a gift that we are able to share even in the midst of the worst evil.
AuthorBeiler, Jonas with Shawn Smucker
Year Published2009
Category: Biography
Things We Couldn't Say is the true story of Diet Eman, a young Dutch woman, who, with her fiance, Hein Sietsma, risked everything to rescue imperiled Jews in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II. Throughout the years that Diet and Hein aided the Resistance--work that would cost Diet her freedom and Hein his life--their courageous effort ultimately saved hundreds of Dutch Jews.
AuthorEman, Diet; Schaap, James
Year Published1994
Category: Biography
Bruce shares his gripping story of walking in the footsteps of Jesus for the inspiring movie Matthew (Visual Bible). Capturing the incredible joy Christ offers, Bruce enthusiastically presents Jesus as a Savior with great compassion, infectious happiness, and a deep desire to draw people to Him. Includes color and black-and-white photos from the movie.
AuthorMarchiano, Bruce
Year Published1997
Category: Biography
Cruel Paradise deftly weaves together the firsthand stories of men and women who emigrated from the Netherlands throughout the twentieth century. A skilled stylist with an unassuming presence, Hylke Speerstra brings readers along as he circles the globe interviewing transplanted Netherlanders in the United States, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. Combining elements of memoir and travelogue, his narrative speaks to universal human experience as it vividly recounts the trials and successes of these emigrants. Common themes of personal identity and family, uprootedness and loss, nostalgia and bittersweet joy run throughout the book. Yet these emigrants have had very diverse life experiences. Some have become affluent beyond imagining, brushing elbows with Rockefellers, Kennedys, and movie producers; others have spent the better part of a lifetime eking out their living as farmers. Often poignant, sometimes amusing, always memorable, these stories provide a moving tribute to those who left their homeland behind with little more than uncertain hopes for their children.
AuthorSpeerstra, Hylke
Year Published2005
Category: Biography
AuthorZomerman-Bootsma, Zwaantina L.
Year Published2008
Category: Biography
On May 10, 1940, Hitler's war machine blitzkrieged its way through the peaceful farm country of the Netherlands. In one small village, a boy's life would be forever changed by the events of the next 5 years. Readers will discover what it was like when you knew you were about to die in a hail of bullets. Still there is plenty of fun and mischief too with friends and siblings. The Way it Was is mostly about events during the Second World War. Those events not only affected the author's life; it largely molded the lives of all those who lived during the twentieth century. The Way it Was is intended to assure that the memories of that great conflict and the sacrifices made, will not soon be forgotten.
AuthorBaron, Sid
Year Published2006
Category: Biography intro) This is a highly readable biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer that depicts the social and political world in which he matured, ministered, and died. Till the Night Be Past gathers many interesting details from the dozen or so books written by his family, friends, and former students in the years immediately following his death at the hands of the Nazis. It is intended as an introduction to the work and world of Bonhoeffer.

In concise chapters, Kleinhans recounts the story of Bonhoeffer's early years, his formative years as a pastor and theologian, and the difficult years immediately before and during World War II. The author paints a sympathetic, yet balanced portrait of Bonhoeffer's work and ministry in easy-to-read language.
AuthorKleinhaus, Theodore J.
Year Published2002
Category: Biography
Richard Mouw was first drawn to Abraham Kuyper's writings about public life in the turbulent 1960s. As he struggled to find the right Christian stance toward big social issues such as the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, Mouw discovered Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism -- and, with it, a robust vision of active Christian involvement in public life that has guided him ever since.

In this "short and personal introduction" Mouw sets forth Kuyper's main ideas on Christian cultural discipleship, including his views on sphere sovereignty, the antithesis, common grace, and more. Mouw looks at ways to update -- and, in some places, even correct -- Kuyper's thought as he applies it to such twenty-first-century issues as religious and cultural pluralism, technology, and the challenge of Islam.
AuthorMouw, Richard J.
Year Published2011
Category: Biography
In 2003, while touring the U.S. with his wife in an RV, John Suk -- lifelong Christian, longtime pastor, and noted leader in the Christian Reformed Church -- experienced a crippling crisis of faith. He emerged from that dark time with the gift of a second sight -- doubt. In Not Sure Suk looks back at Christian faith -- in fifteen centuries of Christian history and in his own life -- through a skeptic's eyes. He exposes major pitfalls of modern Christian movements and questions what he considers to be faulty paradigms: the "personal relationship with Jesus," the "health-and-wealth gospel," and traditional ethnicity-based belief systems. In the end he is left clinging to what is for him a truer, wiser kind of faith in Jesus Christ -- faith that wavers; faith that questions; faith that is not sure.
AuthorSuk, John
Year Published2011