A Camaraderie of Confidence: The Fruit of Unfailing Faith in the Lives of Charles Spurgeon, George Mueller, and Hudson Taylor is the seventh book in John Piper‘s series of biographies. This book is composed of three short biographies that provide an overview of the lives of Spurgeon, Mueller, and Taylor. Each piece is only about 30 pages long, but provides the reader with a new understanding of each subject. I am thankful to John Piper that he took the time to learn details about each of these individuals, and simplify it into a short biography to share. I don’t have as much time as I would like to read biographies, but I find them fascinating, and I have enjoyed getting glances into the lives of so many influential men and women.
A Camaraderie of Confidence looks at the lives of three different men who had three things in common: they endured suffering, they trusted in the sovereignty of God, and they lived to glorify God. A Camaraderie of Confidence shows though these individuals endured different circumstances and trials, they remained faithful to the Lord throughout it all. It is encouraging to read of how the sovereignty of God sustained these men through their times of suffering, and how they rested in the knowledge that God is all powerful and is in control of every situation they may face.
I enjoyed each of the sketches provided in A Camaraderie of Confidence, but if I had to choose just one, my favorite chapter would be George Mueller. I have always admired the work that Mueller did among the orphans in Britain, and I feel that this chapter provided me with a deeper look into the faithfulness of Mueller’s ministry.
If you enjoy church history and learning about early leaders in the church, I am certain that A Camaraderie of Confidence is a book that you would enjoy.