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    What does it mean to be “evangelical?” In Evangelical Heroes, Joel Beeke and Douglas Bond present thirty biographical sketches of faithful evangelical leaders from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. From George Whitfield to Charles Spurgeon to R.C. Sproul, these men and women held firm to the authority of Scripture and the reality of Christ's death and resurrection in the face of rising liberalism in the Church.


    A note about writing the books together from my friend Joel Beeke:

    It has been a true pleasure to work on this present two-volume work, Evangelical Heroes,[1] with my friend, Douglas Bond, a well-known, able, and engaging writer of Christian books for young people that often contain a mix of fictional and nonfictional material. (When I told my son—now a father of four children—that I was coauthoring this book with Douglas, he excitedly responded, “Douglas Bond, really? He was my favorite author in my midteens!”) Our working agreement was simple: we both wrote up a list of evangelical Christian heroes who lived from the eighteenth century until today, then whittled that list down slowly and painfully (there are hundreds to pick from!) to about thirty men and women. We evenly divided the task of writing the chapters and then edited each other’s work. I wish to thank Douglas immensely for laboring and persevering on these volumes with me and can only hope that the reader will not immediately recognize his chapters because they are written considerably better than mine!


    ContentsVolume 1



    Anne Dutton (1692–1765)Charles Wesley (1707–1788)Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (1707–1791)Daniel Rowland (1711–1790)George Whitefield (1714–1770)Samuel Davies (1723–1761)John Newton (1725–1807)Lemuel Haynes (1753–1833)Andrew Fuller (1754–1815)Thomas Charles of Bala (1755–1814)Archibald Alexander (1772–1851)Mary Winslow (1774–1854)Thomas Chalmers (1780–1847)Charles Hodge (1797–1878)


    Volume 2

    John Charles Ryle (1816–1900)Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892)Mission MovementWilliam Carey (1761–1834)David Livingstone (1813–1873)James Hudson Tayler (1832–1905)Amy Beatrice Carmichael (1867–1951) Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) Herman Bavinck (1854–1921)John Gresham Machen (1881–1937)Corrie ten Boom (1892–1983)John Murray (1898–1975)Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981)Wang Mingdao (1900–1991)Francis Schaeffer (1912–1984)Jim (1927–1956) and Elisabeth (1926–2015) ElliotR. C. Sproul (1939–2017



    “Biographies of noted Christian men and women are a great encouragement and inspiration. I have found that the accounts of their lives are highly devotional, as they point us to God and His word. That is why I am excited for this first of two volumes, Evangelical Heroes. Joel Beeke and Douglas Bond are well-studied in the lives of these influential figures whom God used mightily in centuries past. I believe these life stories will spur you on in your Christian life.” 

    Steven J. Lawson, President of OnePassion Ministries, Professor at The Master’s Seminary, Teaching Fellow for Ligonier Ministries, Lead Preacher at Trinity Bible Church of Dallas  


    “Their assumption of heroism is rare in an age of cynicism. Joel Beeke and Doug Bond don’t dwell on weaknesses compulsively but see true heroism coming out of a close walk with the Lord.” 

    -Russ Pulliam, Indianapolis Star 


    “It is a joy, then, to introduce this two-volume set of evangelical heroes by Joel Beeke and Douglas Bond. Like the biblical heroes, these are flawed men and women. But like the men and women in Scripture, their lives are on record for us to see what is possible in the walk of faith and, like them, (to paraphrase the words of one of my heroes, William Carey) to ‘expect great things from God and to attempt great things for Him.’” 

    —Michael A. G. Haykin, from the foreword 

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