131 Christians Everyone Should Know is a compilation of biographies from the editors of Christian History Magazine, with a brief foreword by JI Packer. I sometimes have the opportunity to teach history. I try to tell stories whenever possible, rather than to simply relate facts. This is a lesson I learned from the best lecturer I have ever had for a class, Dr. David Hogg. History is much more than simply events, but consists of the people that participate in those events. That is the concept of this book. It contains, interestingly enough, 131 brief biographies (most about 3 pages long) of Christians divided into categories based on why they are historically significant.
This label, “Christian,” is pretty broadly given by evangelical standards, but all of these people would call themselves Christians and all are historically significant. The biographies are well-written and many will spur you on to a desire to read more about the subject.
I am giving this book my highest recommendation. It is well-written, educational, and interesting. It is perfect to have around for when you only have a few minutes to read. Go get it.