Monday, March 24, 2014

Would You Do What They Did? - Great Christian Leaders from Our Past

~About the Book~

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CrossLink Publishing (September 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936746646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936746644 
  • Creative Biography
  • Author:William Hamilton

A collection of biographies of Martin Luther, Francis of Assisi, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, and the famous martyr Thomas Becket written in creative nonfiction style. 

 Come, tame a wolf, flee from the wrath of the king, feel the horror of impending doom on a ship, and the uncertainty of one's own salvation with these great heroes of the faith. Would You Do what they Did? Great Christian Leaders from our Past is a creative nonfiction collection of biographies of Martin Luther, Francis of Assisi, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, and Thomas Becket. It is written in plain, modern English for the average reader to enjoy.

   

 ~My Impressions~

Many a person gave up great things to follow Christ. Martin Luther, Francis of Assisi, John Wesley and Thomas Becket were among a few of them. This book takes you on a journey into each of their lives and begs you to ask yourself-Would you  do what they did? How much are you really willing to sacrifice to chase after Christ and live a life that brings all glory and honor to Him? 

I love biographies. To take a glimpse into a life that altered the lives of countless others is really fascinating to me. All the better when they are fellow Christians. My hopes and expectations were maybe too high though. I had a hard time getting past poor grammar, spelling mistakes and quotation remarks that were dropped and backwards throughout the book and bad sentence structure. 

My other issue was the style that was used and the author taking too much liberty in his creative non-fiction approach while still slapping the label of biography on it really bothered me. I did not hate the book. I appreciate what the author was trying to accomplish and the life he brought to the people. Even though there were gaps and other issues with the book that took away from the story, it still sparks an interest to go and learn more about these men and the lives they really led and others who have followed before and after them.

 My Goodreads Review 

My Amazon Review 

  ~Biography~

William Dean Hamilton William Hamilton writes This Week in Christian History. He has also published two biographies about Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Junior, and over 1,000 articles, short stories and poems in magazines, literary journals and websites. Mr. Hamilton has degrees from Des Moines Area Community College and Upper Iowa University.

~ DISCLOSURE~

I received a complimentary copy from the Bookcrash book review program. Opinions expressed are solely my own and in no way reflect the opinions of Bookcrash. 

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