Over the past twenty years I have devoted much time to studying the lives of Christians. Reading biographies and autobiographies of nineteenth- and twentieth-century saints has shaped my spirituality, encouraged me in my walk with God, and caused me to ponder anew the role of books in the process of spiritual formation. One striking lesson learned from spending time with pilgrims from bygone eras is that next to disciplined daily time in prayer and the Scriptures, the reading of devotional literature and biographies ranks extremely high among formative influences. Indeed, many Christians who have made significant contributions to the church testify to the profound impact of books - especially biographies - on the spiritual development.
-- Lyle W. Dorsett, excerpt from the foreword of A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockness