Over My Head by Claudia Osborn -The author tells how she went from being a successful doctor to a dependent patient due to a brain injury. Her insight into what it’s like to recover from a brain injury is very interesting.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand –This is the incredible, true story of an Olympic runner, Louie Zamperini, who found himself caught in the horrors of WWII. I was amazed as I read of the human will to live despite seemingly unbearable circumstances. Zamperini survived life as a POW only to come home and be haunted by his horrific past until years later when he found hope and redemption. Laura Hillenbrand did a wonderful job of making the life of Zamperini come to life for readers in a touching, inspiring way.
Amy Signs by Rebecca Willman Gernon and Amy Willman
Jack’s Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis by Douglas Gresham –I chose to read this biography about C. S. Lewis because it was written by his stepson. Besides several obvious typos, this book was very good! I knew a little about Lewis’ life, but this book made me realize even more what an incredible man Lewis was! I never knew how humble and sacrificial Lewis was throughout his life. He gave so much to the people around him without thought of how it would affect himself, like caring for his best friend’s family after the war. I especially enjoyed reading about how Lewis met and married his wife (wonderful story!). Not only was Lewis a talented and amazing writer, but an extraordinary, godly example for all Christians.
Of Whom the World was Not Worthy by Marie Chapian –This is a biography about Christians in Yugoslavia during WWII. It took me a while to get into this book but it was amazing to read how God worked in the people’s lives.
Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot –Amazing biography!
Francis and Edith Schaeffer: Defenders of the Faith by Sam Wellman
Corrie Ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den by Janet and Geoff Benge –Although I still like “The Hiding Place” better, this was a good, quick biography on Corrie Ten Boom.
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot –I really enjoyed this biography of Amy Carmichael. I loved how Elliot used lots of quotes and poems by Carmichael while telling the amazing story of Carmichael’s life.
Run to Glory: The Story of Eric Liddell by Ellen Caughey –This is a great biography on Eric Liddell.