Biographies are usually long.
And they almost never solve short-term problems (like, “how to fix…” books do).
Instead, they show us how another person thinks.
Every single life is different. The variable, opportunities, relationships. They’re never consistent. But learning how to think transcends all of that.
Biographies help us get a handle on our own worldview by trying out someone else’s. Even ones we don’t like.
Here are a few good ones to start:
William Carey by S Pearce Carey. How entrepreneurship, grit, and ministry intersect.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Jobs wasn’t a good person. But there’s so much to learn here.
If a Pirate I Must Be… by Richard Sanders. It’s about being a pirate as a career.
Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson. Most chapters make me laugh out loud.
Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief by Bill Mason. If you enjoy how people think.
Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. Comparing ideals to real life.