The Importance of Biography

A couple of years ago I determined to read more biographies  of those that I would consider heroes of the faith and innovators in culture. Despite my determination however, I haven’t been too faithful to this task.

Sure I could blame seminary and moving across the country but instead I just want to tackle the task once again. This week, to this end, I started reading Eric Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer. Metaxas is a talented writer that makes the daunting volume easily digestible. And I still have a long way to go!

But why is biography important? I think two keys reasons are that we can be “mentored” by others through their stories and there is nothing new under the sun.

We all cry out for more mentors and one of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to read about those you wish could mentor you. These could be pastors, artists, musicians and all around swell people. By immersing yourself if their story you gain great insight and get a form of mentoring by seeing the challenges they dealt with and the victories they realized.

Also the is nothing new under the sun. We rarely have ideas that haven’t been found before. By studying deeply the lives of others we get a better feel for the ideas that have gone before and the thinking forming the leaders we watch through biography.

These are just a couple of reasons I see biography as beneficial. What benefits do you see? Are there any biographies you have been working through or desire to read?