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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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    So true Jason.

    I picked up an Amy Carmichael biography not long ago from a second-hand bookstore in the city. It was horrifying to read about all her experiences in India trying to save those temple children.

    But encouraging to read about someone willing to give up their life in the service of others, especially mistreated orphans, for His name.

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    Jason Harris

    Carmichael is one biography I have never read. It really should be high on my list because she was one of the dominating inspirations to Jim Elliot who’s life has affected mine profoundly. Thanks for adding her name to my list!

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    Jeremy Crooks

    Thanks Jason.

    Most of these dead people seem to have lived quite a long time ago. Do you have any recommendations for people who have been dead for less than 20 years? I would love to read about some people who were alive at the same time I have been too.

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    Jason Harris

    Leon Morris died in recent decades. I’m not sure about Paul White. And of course Billy Graham is still alive. The other recent one is Jim Elliot who would likely still be alive today had he not died in the manner he did (his wife is still alive).

    Otherwise, I suppose we tend to wait a while so they become less controversial… (that’s a whole ‘nother post!).

    I know John MacArthur (still living) has a biography written about him (by Iain Murray I think??). Bob Jones, Jr. (death c. 1990) has a biography in print. John Vaughn (still living) has one in print. Phil Pinero (still living) has one in print I believe. Don Carson wrote a biography of his father that’s reviewed on this site somewhere. C. S. Lewis has an autobiography in print (death 1963). Um… I’m not sure, but I suspect there are biographies in print for D. Martin Lloyd Jones, J. I. Packer (still living), John Stott (death c. 2011), etc.

    Unfortunately, I’m still busy reading the old classics to explore the more recent guys as much as I’d like.

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    John Northage

    Hi Jason, Thoroughly agree about the great value of Christian biography. We also need to search out our home grown (Australian) labours of love in this field. One such book that gives a faithful (warts and all) account of one of our very recent missionaries is “Not in the Common Mould” The Life of Dr David Lithgow, written by Lynette Oates (dec’d 2013) one of whose children, Howard (also a Wycliffe translator), attends TGS here in Cairns. A truly inspiring read !!
    Could I also put in a plug for the series “The Swans are Not Silent” by John Piper. Each of the series summarises the biographies three very significant Christian leaders but focuses on the distinctives of their ministries. I have just read the volume called “Contending for Our All” that deals with the amazing lives of Athanasius, John Owen and J.Gresham Machen. A truly “must read” book !!

    The other volumes in this series are: “The Legacy of Sovereign Joy”, “Tested by Fire”, and “The Roots of Endurance”, all printed by IVP. John.

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    Jason Harris

    Thanks for your input John. Will have to look into those at some point.

    God bless.


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