They Were Christians: The Inspiring Faith of Men and Women Who Changed the World - eBook  -     By: Cristobal B. Krusen
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781493400553
ISBN-13: 9781493400553

Publisher's Description

What do Abraham Lincoln, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Louis Pasteur, Frederick Douglass, Florence Nightingale, and John D. Rockefeller Sr. all have in common? They all changed the world--and they were all Christians. Now the little-known stories of faith behind twelve influential people of history are available in one inspiring volume.

They Were Christians reveals the faith-filled motivations behind some of the most outstanding political, scientific, and humanitarian contributions of history. From the founding of the Red Cross to the family crisis that drove America's favorite president to his knees and cracked his religious skepticism, the fascinating stories of these faithful history-makers will inspire, encourage, and entertain readers of history and biography.

Author Bio

Cristóbal Krusen is a screenwriter, film director, and author who has lived and worked in Latin America, Australia, and the United States. In 1988, he founded Messenger Films, a nonprofit film production company. He studied English literature at Harvard University and also studied film and television at NYU and the Art Center College of Design. He currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  1. Raleigh, NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Truly Inspiring Read
    June 12, 2016
    Alannie Marshall
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I recently finished reading They Were Christians by Cristbal Krusen. What an inspiring read! While I had at some point in my education learned about the faith of a few of these men and women, for the most part, this book provided entirely new information on the spiritual lives of some of the world's greatest humans. A great deal of these important people had very unimportant starts in the world, but through their devout faith in God, they changed the world for the better and left a lasting legacy. I enjoyed the length of each biography, and I never felt bored while reading this book. I also appreciated the little peeks into Cristbal Krusen's life at the beginning and end of each biography. It was almost like a mini-memoir, and it was very effective in weaving all the biographies together. Overall, this was a fantastic and inspiring read. If you desire to leave a legacy of faith in this often dark world, take some time to read They Were Christians. You will leave feeling ready to truly live.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great snapshots of Christians that made a difference, and how their faith influenced them.
    May 31, 2016
    Just Commonly
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    Did you know they were Christians? Dag Hammarskjold, Frederick Douglass, Florence Nightingale, Frank Pais, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jean-Henri Dunant, Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Lister, Louis Pasteur, Chiune Sugihara, Charles Dickens and John D. Rockefeller Sr., 12 individuals that shaped, defined or remembered by many for their achievements, yet how many did you know were Christians?

    The twelve individuals I have gotten to know through writing this book have become personal friends. They are highly regarded today for their contributions to science and medicine, literature and philanthropy, government and diplomacy. Unfortunately, people seldomif everremember them for the rich storehouses of faith that gave their lives meaning and purpose in the first place. It is time to change that. It is time to let the record show that They were Christians (12)

    The author, Cristbal Krusen presented to us snippet bios of each of these individuals, and focus not what made them famous, but their faith journey and how it shaped their decisions and lives, leading to their "claim to fame". What's interesting is the intermix of biographical content with the author's own personal experiences, giving us a direction and theme of the forthcoming story. And great stories they were. I'm particularly fascinated with Dag Hammarskjold's story. I knew who he was, but to what extent, I know not. Yet, his short chapter led to a certain intrigued and humility of his quiet thoughtfulness and faith. I'm adding his personal notes and meditations, Markings (published posthumously) to my to read pile.

    Insightful and informative, They Were Christians spoke not of an individual's achievements, but the relationship between man and God, in faith and in conversation, seeking God's guidance and provisional blessings. Definitely a must read for anyone.

    This review first appeared on Just Commonly Blog.

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    May 28, 2016
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
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    I chose to review They Were Christians as part of the Baker Books reviewer program because I was interested in the stories of how faith influenced the lives and decisions of those people who were influential in our history. I was a little disappointed with the brief-ness of each profile, but I understand the need for it.

    This book focuses on a few people who could be considered key players - more than one of whom I'd never heard of before - and specifically on their faith. It reads something like a History Channel special you'd expect to see on a Sunday afternoon; making it very pleasant and interesting when you're in the mood for that sort of thing and very, very dull when you're not.

    Overall, if you're a person who's really into the minutiae of history, you'll probably enjoy this book. Otherwise, I'm not sure it's worth the time it takes to read it.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Personal collection of profiles
    May 27, 2016
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    Krusen has compiled several profiles of Christians who have had a great impact on the world.

    Each profile is introduced and concluded with personal memories from Krusen, revealing the impact the individuals have had on his own life. He emphasizes how their faith gave meaning and purpose to their lives.

    Some of the people profiled are familiar, such as Lincoln and Nightingale. Others were unknown to me, such as Dunant, instrumental in forming the Red Cross. And some were a complete surprise, such as Chiune Sigihara, a Japanese diplomat in the Japanese consulate in Lithuania during WW II. He defied his government by issuing papers that allowed many Jews to escape to safety. Some might be a little controversial, such as Frank Pais, a Cuban revolutionary.

    John D. Rockefeller Sr. might be considered unusual too. His business practices were certainly questioned but he was a generous man. He gave half of his fortune to charitable causes. He felt his ability to accumulate money was a gift from God. He also felt it his responsibility to use that money for the good of his fellow man. (199)

    The personal nature of Krusen's choice of people is highlighted in Frederick Douglass, a slave who became a vocal abolitionist. Krusen relates at the beginning of the profile how he and his girlfriend, being a biracial couple, were turned away from a church in Austin, Texas in 1973. He concludes the story of Douglass with his own experience in 1981 of being in a church in New York City where people of all colors were praising God.

    I found that the quote from Florence Nightingale seems to sum up the determining factor in these lives. Why, oh my God, cannot I be satisfied with the life that satisfies so many people. (67)

    This is an interesting collection of profiles of people who, because of their Christian faith, have had an impact on the world. Some might find the selection of people covered limited. Krusen's writing style is personal and engaging, making each profile worth reading.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspirational summer read
    May 7, 2016
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    As a young man, I read several biographies that shaped my thinking in the area of missions. Since then I have not regularly picked up a biography although Ive read a few.

    Krusens book is not a full biography, rather, the rest of the story using Paul Harveys phrase. These are short retellings of parts of twelve individuals lives. The selection of individuals is quite diverse but very interesting.

    The book begins with a biography of one of the men I admired growing up, Dag Hammarsklold. As in each of the twelve, Krusen weaves in the individuals faith story. He quotes from each of the individuals writings to show their commitment to the cause that they espouse, but also to their faith in Christ.

    The selection of individuals was surprising to me. There has been much written about Abraham Lincolns faith, so finding him included was not surprising; but a Cuban revolutionary and a scion of one of the richest families in America, that made the read interesting.

    Well worth the time to read would be an understatement. The book was totally engrossing and I found myself reading beyond my allotted time. I would highly recommend it as a great summer read and one that could easily be shared by the family.
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