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Winston Churchill

(Christian Encounters Series)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  20 reviews
In this Christian Encounter Series biography, author John Perry  explores the life of Sir. Winston Churchill, the man who changed World War II.

Winston Churchill captivated the world with his voice and his writings. His books and speeches ooze with patriotism and faith in a just God. But he wasn’t always known for his oratory skills, his faith, or his ability to captivate.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2010)
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Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Really good, actually. Short, but at this point, was a great little introduction and summary of Churchill's life, which has taken other writers several volumes to cover. I'm a little perplexed by the "Christian Encounters Series," and what it's trying to be...kind of like I'm perplexed by certain Chris Tomlin songs... but anyway.. ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Below Avg Biography of Churchil . Just tries to portray him as a hero without even giving any heeds to atrocities caused by him in other parts of the world
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read several in this CES series of mini-biographies. They're worth reading, but there are better on Churchill than this. Skip this one and read Gretchen Rubin's 40 Ways to Look at Winston. ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Based largely on Winston Churchill’s own writings, Winston Churchill describes Churchill’s life and times from a Christian perspective. Ranging from what appeared, to all intents and purposes, to have been his premature birth, though many doubts have been raised in that regard, to the posthumous summation of her father’s outlook on life by Churchill’s younger daughter, Mary, Lady Soames, the biography relates the most significant moments of his political career, as well as of his home life and r ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how this effectively fits into the series: Christian Encounter. The author tries to trace Churchill's "faith" through the telling of his lifestory, but even in quoting his own words, it is clear that though he was a man who believed in the existence of the Almighty and was familiar with the Bible, there is absolutely nothing in his life to suggest he had any relationship whatsoever with the person of Jesus Christ. Hence, no "Christian" encounter. I think that is stretching the limit ...more
Zachary McIntire
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short, but well-written biography, from a series apparently targeted toward younger readers, but good for busy adults as well. I especially appreciated the way the author handled Churchill's religious beliefs (or the lack thereof): although he is obviously writing from a Christian perspective (with Thomas Nelson as his publisher), Perry doesn't try to present Churchill as a Biblical Christian. His treatment of his subject is balanced and objective, and as thorough as one could expect from a work ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Winston Churchill was one of the greatest men of the twentieth century. Perhaps of all of human history. What made him tick, and what was his view on the weightier matters of the soul, and the spirit? Author of several political biographies, John Perry, explores these questions with refreshing candor and honesty in the book *Christian Encounters: Winston Churchill*, part of Thomas Nelson’s *Christian Encounters* series of biographies of prominent men and women in Western history and culture.

Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filling in the Gaps

So hard for any author to present fresh material on the great man about whom so much commentary has been made. Perry's done it, though and I'm grateful.
Karina Heng
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The secret? His God-fearing nanny. Just read the first few chapters. No one bothers with that fact. The other biographers have exhaustively covered the other aspects.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a good book. I'm glad I read it. ...more
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like short biographies
Shelves: non-fiction
Book Description
Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

Britain’s master statesman and orator Winston Churchill was in no small way responsible for the WWII Allied victory over the Axis powers.
Perry takes the reader back to the
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, booksneeze
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This little book is a condensation of historian John Perry’s larger work on Winston Churchill, a towering figure not only in English history, but in worldwide history. We all know the face and voice of the man who looked a bit like a bulldog, and his most well-known quotes and speeches are recognizable by even the most novice history buffs, but what was behind the public figure, and what made him the man who guided England through some of its darkest days?

Perry begi
Kristine Coumbe
I will admit that before reading this book, I knew only a few things about Winston Churchill from History classes in high school and college classes. What I was taught was reporting and boring. After reading this book about a famous leader during WWII who made a difference, I found that this short but consise biography is an excellent introduction to a fascinating person in history.

Winston Churchill was brought up in a priviledged background. Sadly his parents were more interested in their place
Christy Lockstein
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Christian Encounters Winston Churchill by John Perry is a insightful look at one of the most fascinating and important personages of the twentieth century. Winston Churchill came from a titled family dating back centuries in English history, but he was always determined to make his own mark on the world. Perry's book focuses much on Churchill's faith, but he also gives a brief but interesting biography of his life as well. Churchill's faith changed throughout his life from a passing belief in Go ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a relatively short biography on one of the 20th century's greatest historical figures. My only complaint was this -- it seems to book wraps-up just at the point when it gets most interesting. By the time WWII begins, you are nearing the end of the book. I would have liked to have read more about how Churchill united the British people during the dark days of Hitler's attempts to make a conquest of the island.
Born to an American mother and a British father, you get a sense from his chil
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I have ever read about Winston Churchill. I felt like it was a pretty honest look at his life, especially considering that the book is a part of "The Christian Encounter Series". The book is short and an easy read. The life of Winston Churchill is an amazing one; one worth reading about. ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book. First and foremost Churchill had lot of flaws but he was also destined to play a great in world affairs, and there is no doubt about it. Churchill's oratory was brilliant, and that made him a great man. He is a little like Lincoln, perhaps oratorically. But he sought his own glory and fame most of the time. But that doesn't matter, all are vain glorious. ...more
Adele Gibbes
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this work of nonfiction. It's a short introduction which highlights and summarizes key events in the life of one of the world's greatest leaders, Sir Winston Churchill. ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very good story of the life of Winston Churchill. I found that it was very easy to read as well as being full of important information.
Bill Welte
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Churchill fan. If you are looking for a shorter read on his life. This is a great synopsis.
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John Perry has coauthored books with John MacArthur, Richard Land, Mike Huckabee, among others and written historical books about Charles Colson, the Scopes Monkey Trials, and more. He is a two-time Gold Medallion Award finalist and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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