We listened to the audio version of For Christ’s Crown: Sketches of Puritans and Covenanters by Richard Hannula on our trips to and from church, and I wanted to recommend it heartily.

Much like Hannula’s other well-loved collection of biographies, Trial and Triumph, the historical sketches in this book exalt our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, encourage spiritual-mindedness, and challenge the reader to a life of faith and obedience, come what may.

The Puritans and Scottish Covenanters endured trials and hardships most of us cannot even begin to imagine. Their courage and conviction in the face of immense persecution and difficulty gives needed perspective and a deeper appreciation for our “goodly heritage.”

Thirty short biographies include the stories of Samuel Rutherford, William Perkins, Richard Sibbes, Joseph Alleine, Richard Baxter, John Flavel, John Owen, James Renwick and more.

A true living book, For Christ’s Crown is suitable for all ages, although some details may be too graphic for sensitive little ears, especially the 5 and under crowd.

It would be a wonderful gift for a young adult, a worthy study of church history, or excellent road trip listening material.