“The Best Book I Read This Year”: On Lottie Moon, William Wilberforce and John Paton

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What’s the best book you’ve read this year? We posed this question to our Intersect contributors, and we’ll share their recommendations over the coming weeks. (Read list 1list 2 and list 3.)

Today, Intersect contributors highlight biographies of famous missionaries and culture-changers like Lottie Moon, William Wilberforce and John Paton.

Editor’s Note: You can download two Intersect-exclusive ebooks from Bruce Ashford for free. Details>>


The New Lottie Moon Story 
by Catherine Allen (Broadman Press, 1980)

Amanda Aucoin

Amanda Aucoin: Although not the most recent biography nor written by a professional historian, this book is well researched, drawing on the many letters of Lottie Moon. It exhibits the too rare combination of lots of historical detail and readability.

From her conversion at the age of 18 (she went to a revival meeting to scoff but came home convicted and prayed all night) to her decades of missionary work in China and important influence on what was to become the International Mission Board, Lottie Moon’s life and work is such an inspiration, and a biography like this makes it accessible to a broad readership. I highly recommend!

Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce
by John Piper (Crossway, 2007)

Jeremy Bell

Jeremy Bell: God used the life of William Wilberforce to abolish both the slave trade and slavery throughout most of the British Empire in the early 1800s. Wilberforce’s commitment to Scripture and to the Lord gave him the bravery, personal fortitude, and beliefs to fight in Parliament for his conviction that the slave trade and slavery were morally wrong.

Piper’s brief overview of Wilberforce’s life gives current day Christians a model for how a follower of Christ who is committed to Scripture can change the world for the glory of God–even in politics. Grab a cup of coffee, and be encouraged by the life and legacy of William Wilberforce.

John G. Paton: Missionary to the Cannibals of the South Sea
by Paul Schlehlein (Banner of Truth, 2017)

David W. Jones: John G. Paton: Missionary to the Cannibals of the South Sea is a great missionary biography about pioneer missionary John Paton.

When you read this book you’ll not only be astounded by the depth of Paton’s ministry, but also you’ll be inspired to give more, go further, and serve better in whatever ministry you undertake.

What is your favorite book of the year? Comment below and let us know!

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