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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    Lucas M

    These are all great reasons that i concur with! I’m always encouraged to read of the faithfulness of men toward their ministries and toward our God, as much as in the ‘small’ things as in the ‘big’.
    What are your top Christian biographies that you would recommend?

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    Why 11 points? Why not 10 or 12? This is gonna bother me all day now… =P

    Good post though…

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    Jason Harris

    @Lucas M,

    Thanks for the comment. The biographies that have had the deepest impact on my life, I would say, are:

      D. L. Moody, The Greatest Evangelist of the Nineteenth Century (Bailey, Moody Press)
      Tortured for his Faith (Haralan Popov, Zondervan)
      More Precious Than Gold (John and Brenda Vaughn, Revell)
      Through Gates of Splendour (Elliot, Tyndale)

    As far as one’s I would recommend:

      Missionary Patriarch, The True Story of John G. Paton (Paton, Vision Forum)
      God’s Outlaw [William Tyndale] (Edwards, Tyndale)
      George Whitefield (Dallimore, Crossway)
      Spurgeon (Dallimore, Crossway)
      Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor (Taylor, Whitaker House)

    I think these would have to be among my top recommendations.

    What would your recommendations be?

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    Lucas M

    thanks for the reply!
    i’d say my top couple of recommendations would include:

    George Müller, Delighted in God (Roger Steer, Shaw Books)
    Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor (Taylor, Whitaker House)

    The problem i’ve found with Christian biographies such as these in the past, is that they would too often become a fall back to legitimate personal bible study if i was tired or not feeling particularly motivated.
    Recently though, i’ve taken to reading them when i would otherwise be seeking ‘less edifying’ activities and it has become something i enjoy and take challenge from.

    Thanks for your recommendations, i appreciate it. I’ll pick a couple up today! $20 well spent i’d say.

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    Jason Harris

    @Lucas M. Thanks for the recommendations Lucas M. I’ll have to look into the Muller one.

    @Others, What biography has most impacted your life?

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    C.T Studd’s biography by Norman Grubb had a big impact on me when in my early twenties.

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    I think Ann of Ava (Adoniram Judson’s wife) by Ethel Hubbard had a pretty big impact on me as a kid. I must have read it through at least 20 or 30 times by my early teens. I loved it! I also loved Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson on the life of Stanley Dale (missionary to the Yali tribes-people) in my later teens. That was an incredibly eye-opening book for me.

    My childhood and teens were filled with biographies probably more than any other type of book. George Muller’s autobiography was an incredible look at prayer. I loved Jim Elliot and read pretty much everything I could get my hands on about him and his friends and Elisabeth Elliot’s life. =)

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    Jason Harris

    I haven’t read any of those suggestions. I’m really interested in reading C. T. Studd’s biography though. Will have to keep an eye out for it.


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