If you read my reviews regularly you know that I primarily review books with an academic leaning but every once in a while a light, engaging and inspirational volume comes my way for review. They Were Christians: The Inspiring Faith of Men and Women Who Changed the World falls directly into that category. The book is authored by Cristobal Krusen (an author previously unknown to me). According to the back cover biographical sketch, Krusen is a screenwriter and author and the founder of Messenger Films.
Between the covers of They Were Christians, Krusen has compiled brief yet inspirational biographies of eleven, faith-driven historical personalities. I would imagine that most of us are familiar with many of them, perhaps all. I will admit I was unfamiliar with a couple of the personalities ( Frank Pais and Chiune Sugihara), so the book became historically educational as well as stimulating. Most fascinating were the profiles of Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln and John Lister & Louis Pasteur. (Be sure to read this one; it’s emotional.) Each of the eleven accounts revolve around the individual’s faith and how it affected their life and work.
Krusen also adds a special touch to the book by including a personal biographical narrative or thought at the beginning and end of each chapter. I found this element adds personality to the book and also provides a clue as to why each individual was selected for inclusion.
If you searching for a volume that will provide you with some effortless and encouraging reading, this is a book that you need to have at your side. It is well written and reads fast.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by BakerBooks for a fair and honest review.