When I was young, my parents invested in a set of character building stories. They came on tape, you know those white rectangular things you used to put into a tape deck? Yeah, I’m ancient :) I would listen to those stories over and over and would think about the lives of the men and women I heard about. Looking back on it now, I was shaped by the examples of others through those tapes.
Scripture tells us to imitate the faith of others. One of the best ways to grow in spiritual mindedness is by setting godly examples before ourselves and our children. This is one of my favorite ways because it is enjoyable to learn from others, especially when you are learning through story form.
Way #7: Read biographies together
I have long been an advocate of biographies. You can see some of my book recommendations here. It’s likely your local library carries many great biographical books you can check out. Of course there are always timeless ones that you’ll want to have in your personal library as well. The most recent one we’ve read in our family is Gifted Hands: the story of Ben Carson.
Here are Just a few biographical resources I recommend for the family:
Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes— This book is a one-stop shop and has been on our family shelf for a very long time. It covers a wide range of personalities and focuses on different character traits each one exhibited. It incorporates scripture and discussion questions, which makes it an easy resource to use~ wink!
David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)– Livingstone’s story is full of adventure and courage and hardship and reliance on God. A real page turner!
George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)– I think every child should know about George Muller! His trust in God was incredible and seeing how God answered his prayers of faith will ignite vision in the hearts of anyone, young or old.
George Washington Carver: Man’s Slave Becomes God’s Scientist (Sower Series)– One of the most inspiring biographies… definitely a favorite.
Amazing Grace– This movie is based on the life of William Wilberforce. I thought it did show a little too much cleavage, so be aware of that. However, overall, an excellent film.
As you can imagine, there are a ton of great resources out there. So your challenge this week…
This Week’s Challenge:
Select a biography to read as a family. Each night, perhaps at dinner or afterwards, read a chapter and discuss key points or events. The conversations it sparks are sometimes very interesting :) Of course I would also love to hear your reading suggestions and favorite biographies in the comments!