Kids naturally seek out real life heroes, don’t they? Whether they are celebrities, sport stars, or just the older child next door, our kids are always seeking others to look up to. Christian books for boys that give examples of everyday men that the Lord worked through are easier to find than ever before.
Teaching kids about Christian history through literature is a wonderful way to allow them to really understand the way our relationship with the Lord affects our choices, and to see how godly character looks in the life of a young man.
I love the men of the Bible, and I suggest reading through the Bible with your boys for the hero stories in Scripture!
Note: A ‘hero story’ in literature focuses on a person with some redemptive qualities who struggles for good. Not all ‘heroes’ are good all of the time! In fact, none are–all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We know, though, that God chooses to work in those who are weak to his glory–that way we know HE is the great one, not the ‘hero’!
When my boys were growing up, we read SO many wonderful stories about real life heroes from Christian history. I’m going to highlight some of our favorite stories that were specifically written about men!
Do you have girls? You’ll also want to check out Christian Books for Girls: Real Life Heroes.
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Christian Books for Younger Boys
When my boys were little, I introduced them to real life heroes from Christian history with the Little Lights series from Catherine MacKenzie. They loved these little picture books that had simple text on one page and a sentence for them to try reading on the next. The stories focused on how God used imperfect children (who became men) to his glory. Ms. MacKenzie has steadily expanded the series and you can now read to your young children about a number of real life heroes.
The Lightkeepers set from Irene Howat was also a popular read in our home. Each book tells the stories of ten boys who served the Lord. They are perfect for bedtime reading! The books include:
- Ten Boys Who Made a Difference
- Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents
- Ten Boys Who Changed the World
- Ten Boys Who Made History
- Ten Boys Who Didn’t Give In
The Light Lights and Light Keepers series are a wonderful way to introduce your young children to real life heroes of the faith.
C.S. Lewis: Can you imagine? (Little Lights)Eric Liddell: Are you ready? (Little Lights)John Knox: Who will save you? (Little Lights)John Calvin: What is the truth? (Little Lights)Martin Luther: What should I do? (Little Lights)Hudson Taylor: Could somebody pass the salt? (Little Lights)George Müller: Does money grow on trees? (Little Lights)David Livingstone: Who is the bravest? (Little Lights)Lightkeepers Boys Box Set: Ten Boys
Christian Books for Older Boys
For young men ages 8-16 or so, I love using historical fiction, fictionalized biographies, and narrative biographies to allow them to meet real life heroes of the faith.
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther is my debut novel for teens about the Father of the Reformation. Martin Luther contended for the veracity of Scripture and changed both the Church and history. His story is really exciting and I’d be so honored if you’d share it with your boys!
Christian Focus Publications also has an engaging, constantly growing line of Trail Blazers novels. The books closely follow the stories of the main character, but with fictionalized dialogue. We used the Trail Blazers line as family read alouds with our boys from the ages of 7 and 8, and by upper elementary and through middle school, I was assigning them as individual reading for school.
The books below will give you plenty of great options for Christian books for your boys about real life heroes.
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin LutherDietrich Bonhoeffer: A Spoke in the Wheel (Trail Blazers)William Tyndale: The Smuggler’s Flame (Torchbearers)Wilfred Grenfell: Courageous Doctor (Trail Blazers)David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost (Trailblazers)Jonathan Edwards: America’s Genius (Trailblazers)William Wilberforce: The Freedom Fighter (Trail Blazers)George Whitefield: The Voice that Woke the World (Trailblazers)Charles Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers (Trailblazers)Martyn Lloyd Jones: From Wales to Westminster (Trailblazers)Hudson Taylor: An Adventure Begins (Trailblazers)Martyn Lloyd Jones: From Wales to Westminster (Trailblazers)Richard Wurmbrand: A Voice in the Dark (Trailblazers)Robert Murray McCheyne: Life is an Adventure (Trailblazers)George Muller: The Children’s Champion (Trailblazers)John Welch: The Man Who Couldn’t Be Stopped (Trailblazers)Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo (Trailblazers)John Calvin: After Darkness Light (Trailblazers)Eric Liddell: Finish the Race (Trailblazers)John Knox: The Sharpened Sword (Trailblazer)John Newton: A Slave Set Free (Trailblazers)Augustine: The Truth Seeker (Trailblazer)Billy Graham: Just Get Up Out Of Your Seat (Trailblazers)Paul Brand: The Shoes That Love Made (Trailblazers)Ulrich Zwingli: Shepherd Warrior (Trailblazers)John G Paton: South Sea Island Rescue (Trailblazers)C.S Lewis: The Story Teller (Trailblazers)Bill Bright: Dare to be Different (Trailblazers)John Bunyan: Journey of a Pilgrim (Trailblazers)Robert Moffat: Africa’s Brave Heart (Trailblazer)Adoniram Judson: Danger on the Streets (Trailblazers)
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