Nancy Main recommends reading these books in the order they appear here to get the most out of them. “Reading history is like standing by myself and looking out over the ocean. It tends to put me in my place and remind me that God has an infinite kingdom over the ages that is so much larger than I can imagine. Seeing the sovereign hand of God in the details you read in history is awesome.” – Nancy Main
Bonhoffer by Eric Metaxas
As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer―a pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life―the theologian and the spy―and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.
Mrs. Ike by Susan Eisenhower
In an era where Americans are desperately seeking heroes and mentors, here is the story of how a saucy young lady from Denver, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, meets her match in handsome Ike Eisenhower, a farm boy fresh out of West Point, and becomes the Army wife par excellence.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.