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The Bible tells us that '...seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.' (Hebrews 12:1)

 

We are very fortunate to have many godly examples left to us. Many are in the Bible, but there are many outside of it too that we can also draw much encouragement from. There have been many men and women of God who have gone before us, that have proved beyond shadow of doubt, the faithfulness and power of God available to those who obey his call, and dare to step out in child-like faith.

 

Barratt Ministries have put together a list of biographies and testimonies that we believe are of lives that have glorified God and whose legacies have been left for the encouragement of the saints.

L e t ' s  a l s o  b e  c h a l l e n g e d !

 

What legacy will you leave behind? What will be said about you and about me when we finally leave this world? Will we be remembered as one who lived a holy life? Or as a man or women of faith? Let's not only read these books for information sake, but also to challenge ourselves that we too may step out into a life of faith and adventure with God!

Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.

 

Smith Wigglesworth

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Whilst there may be many books and articles written about the people listed below (and we would encourage you to do your own research), we have placed a link to a book that we would recommend. Some books are old and past copyright so you may even find them listed free on the internet!

George Muller

1805-1898

 

A man who dared to believe that God both could and would supply all of his needs; whether personal or for the thousands of orphans in his care! Though confirmed in the church at the age of 14, George Muller was raised without a real concept of God. By the time he was 16, he was in jail as a vagabond and thief. In his early twenties he came in contact with a group of people who met regularly for prayer and Bible study. Through their witness he was brought to a turning point in his life and was born into the family of God. Daily Bible reading and prayer immediately became an important part of his Christian life and a cornerstone of his future orphanage ministry. The personal story of one of the greatest prayer-warriors of the past century.

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George Muller: Man of Faith And Miracles

by Basil Miller

Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible.  There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible.  Faith begins where man’s power ends.

George Muller

Rees Howells

1879-1950

 

Rees Howells was a man of little worldly fame. Born in a Welsh mining village, Rees Howells left school at twelve and worked in a tin mill and a coal mine. As he came to know the redeeming power of his Lord and Saviour he faced the implications of an entire surrender, learned to love the unlovely and found the key to the power of prayer. As a result he became a man of great Christian inspiration to others in both Britain and Southern Africa where he became the channel of a mighty revival. Norman Grubb describes all this, but also the foundation of the Bible College of Wales at Swansea, perhaps the greatest monument of Rees Howells' work, and the intercessory prayer that became his hallmark, impacting as it did on national policy and international affairs. Rees Howells' life was so great that the Church of Christ still feels the impact of his truths of the Spirit and the Scriptures in a unique and amazing way. Every chapter in this biography is full of drama and light. Rees Howells, Intercessor is an enthralling story, told with simplicity, humanity and humour, and it has proved an inspiration for nearly half a century, during which time it has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold over ten million copies worldwide.

Book:

 

Rees Howells Intercessor

by Norman Grubb

I started at the bottom and loved just one; and if you love one, you can love many; and if many, you can love all.

Rees Howells

Corrie ten Boom

1892-1983

 

As the Nazi madness swept across Europe, a quiet watchmaker's family in Holland risked everything for the sake of others, and for the love of Christ. Despite the danger and threat of discovery, the ten Boom family courageously offered shelter to persecuted Jews during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Then a trap brought about the family's arrest. Could God's love shine through, even in Ravensbruck?

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The Hiding Place

by Corrie ten Boom

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

Corrie ten Boom

Richard Wurmbrand

1909-2001

 

Richard Wurmbrand endured months of solitary confinement, years of periodic physical torture, constant suffering from hunger and cold, the anguish of brainwashing and mental cruelty. His captors lied to his wife, saying he was dead. Yet he went on to tell the West the truth about Christianity behind the Iron Curtain.

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Tortured for Christ

by Richard Wurmbrand

Whoever wishes to meet Jesus must meet him in places where brothers and sisters of Jesus are hungry, thirsty, naked, unwanted, sick or in prison. Whoever keeps himself distant from these places remains distant from Jesus.

Richard Wurmbrand

Sabina Wurmbrand

1913-2000

 

While many in today’s world speak of peace, for thousands in the church today, their world screams of a different word…persecution. These Christians suffer for no other reason than for following Jesus Christ. For the greater part of the 20th century, one woman devoted her life to speaking out for the underground church in Eastern Europe.

Book:

 

The Pastor's Wife

by Sabina Wurmbrand

Doing the work of God is dangerous. Not doing it, is more dangerous.

Sabina Wurmbrand

Brother Yun

1958-Present

 

This is the intensely dramatic story of how God took a young, half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan Province and used him mightily to preach the gospel, despite horrific opposition. Brother Yun is one of China's house church leaders, a man who despite his relative youth has suffered prolonged torture and imprisonment for his faith. Instead of focusing on the many miracles or experiences of suffering, however, Yun prefers to emphasise the character and beauty of Jesus.

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The Heavenly Man

by brother Yun

You don't need miracles in the west. You have insurance.

Brother Yun

Smith Wigglesworth

1859-1947

 

Smith Wigglesworth was an uneducated, straight-talking Yorkshire lad, who never fully mastered the art of reading and writing. One day, in a small Methodist chapel, he heard God’s call and immediately began the work of challenging all those he met to ‘only believe’. In the subsequent fifty years he was to become a figurehead for the growing Pentecostal Movement, leading missions all over the world.

Book:

 

Baptised by Fire: Story of Smith Wigglesworth

by Jack Hywel-Davies

There is something about believing God that will cause Him to pass over a million people to get to you.

Smith Wigglesworth

Brother Andrew

1928-Present

 

Son of a blacksmith, Brother Andrew didn’t even finish high school. But God used this ordinary dutch man, with his bad back, limited education, without sponsorship and no funds to do things that many said were impossible. From Yugoslavia to North Korea, Brother Andrew penetrated countries hostile to the gospel to bring bibles and encouragement to believers.

Book:

 

God's Smuggler

by brother Andrew

One man with God is a majority.

Brother Andrew

John Wesley

1703-1791

 

John Wesley was a Church of England cleric and theologian who, through open-air preaching with his brother Charles, founded the Methodist movement. He added to his Journal on a daily basis, and it constitutes 26 volumes in entirety. An author, evangelist, preacher, organizer, theologian, and pietist, Wesley is arguably one of the most important Christian voices of the 18th century. Christians continue to be influenced by him nearly three centuries later. He was a founder of the Methodist movement, and was used by God to spread the gospel to countless souls. The Journal of John Wesley is composed of 50 years of Wesley’s reflections.

Book:

 

The Journal of John Wesley

by John Wesley

Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.

John Wesley

David Brainerd

1718-1747

 

Though he was orphaned at age fourteen, repeatedly struck with debilitating illnesses, and unfairly expelled from college, Brainerd allowed nothing to deter him from serving God wholeheartedly. He traveled thousands of miles by horseback across treacherous terrain to preach the gospel to remote Indians. His calling required a rugged man—he even slept outside in the cold without cover—yet he constantly displayed a gentle and meek love for people entirely different from himself. Their benefit ultimately brought about his early death at the age of twenty-nine.

Book:

 

The Life and Diary of David Brainerd

by Jonathan Edwards

All I longed for was to be holy, humble, crucified to the world.

David Brainerd

Leonard Ravenhill

1907-1994

 

Those who know of Leonard Ravenhill recognize in him the religious specialist, the man sent from God to battle the priests of Baal on their own mountain top, to shame the careless priest at the altar, to face the false prophet, and to warn the people who are being led astray by him. Such a man as this is not an easy companion. He insists on being a Christian all the time and everywhere. That marks him out as different. Why do we have men of such fiery swords as Ravenhill? They are sick inside when they see the children of heaven acting like the sons of earth. To such men as these, the church owes a debt too heavy to pay.

Book:

 

Why Revival Tarries

by Leonard Ravenhill

No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying.

Leonard Ravenhill

E.M. Bounds

1835-1913

 

Edward McKendree Bounds did not merely pray well that he might write well about prayer. He prayed because the needs of the world were upon him. He prayed, for long years, upon subjects which the easy-going Christian rarely gives a thought, and for objects which men of less thought and faith are always ready to call impossible. From his solitary prayer-vigils, year by year, there arose teaching equaled by few men in modern Christian history. He wrote transcendently about prayer, because he was himself, transcendent in its practice.

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E.M. Bounds: Man of Prayer

by Lyle W. Dorsett

The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.

E.M. Bounds

Thomas á Kempis

1380-1471

 

Thomas á Kempis and the other members of the Brethren of Common Life did much to bring spiritual revival throughout the Netherlands. They brought spiritual instruction to common people, and they helped to bring about reforms in monasteries and convents. The spiritual groundwork they laid is one of the reasons why the Netherlands so eagerly embraced the Reformation and provided fertile soil for the Anabaptists. The most famous work of Thomas á Kempis is 'The Imitation of Christ', which has endured for over 500 years and has been translated into more languages than any other book. However, Thomas wrote several other devotional works, biographies, sermons, letters, poems, and hymns. A deep adoration of Christ runs throughout all of his works.

Book:

 

The Imitation of Christ

by Thomas á Kempis

When Jesus is with us, everything is well. Nothing seems difficult. However, when Jesus is absent, everything is hard.

Thomas á Kempis

Mary Slessor

1848-1915

 

Mary Slessor grew up in Scotland, in squalid poverty but she had a hero. He was her contemporary but much older countryman David Livingstone. Not only did Mary idolize him but she wanted also to find her calling in Africa. But Livingstone was fearless. Tiny Mary trembled with fear. Her father was the proverbial alcoholic, terrorizing his family with drunken violence. Mary was so traumatized by fear and shame she dreaded men. She could not even speak in front of men. How could she emulate the great Livingstone? And when her chance came to go to west Africa, how could she go to such a dangerous place? Buttressed by her faith and her hero’s motto - Always Forward! - Mary Slessor did go to Africa. She shed her demons. She alone of missionaries left their compound to live among the natives. She conducted church services. She educated children. She practiced medicine. She took in orphans. She alone of the white colonials could move about among the most feared natives of the Niger Delta area. They murdered twins as devil’s children. They practiced human sacrifice. They had slaves. They punished with extreme cruelty. How could tiny Mary change that? But through her faith she did.

Book:

 

Mary Slessor: Missionary to West Africa

by Sam Wellman

It were worthwhile to die, if thereby a soul could be born again.

Mary Slessor

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