August 24, 2016

They Were Christians by Cristobal Krusen

One of the first things I do when I get a book with an author I am unfamiliar with is search for the author on google.  Maybe I am a huge geek but I want to know more about who wrote the book I am about to read.  I knew absolutely nothing about Cristobal Krusen when I got this book.  I suspect many of you don't know who he is either so I will tell you a bit about him before we get started with the book review.

Cristobal Krusen is a director, writer, producer and actor.  He has two degrees in film arts and has a lifelong love of classic literature and writing as well as photography.  One of the first entries I found when I did a google search on him was a link to IMDb!  He has worked on a few Christian biography projects on film.  The projects include a biographical movie called Undaunted: the early life of Josh McDowell and one about the early settlers to Jamestown called First Landing.

It seems only logical that he would write a biographical resource such as They Were Christians based on his love of history and writing.  This book is full of short biographies of some of the most influential people in history.  The subtitle says "men and women" but there was only one woman represented in this text.  It also speculates that some were Christians who may not have actually said they were but the fruit of a relationship with God was there according to Krusen's accounts of their lives.  I believe this book is well researched and historically accurate.

It is very well written.  I think I would enjoy reading more by Krusen.  I see potential for a series of books like this from him.  The book is not intended to give huge in-depth biographical information but, rather, it is designed to show faith in action in the lives of those he has chosen to write about.  

If you love reading biographies this is perfect for you!  I think it would lend itself to a homeschool library very well.  It is definitely for the older student.  The book is full of faith accounts and I believe it will strengthen our own faith to read about the challenges and faith during hard times in the lives of these historical figures.  My favorites were Florence Nightingale, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens and Frederick Douglass.  There were a few that were new to me, too.  I always love meeting new people in history!

This book was sent to me free of charge in exchange for reading and honestly reviewing it by Baker Publishing Baker Books Division.

I recommend this book highly and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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