Today we highlight a few Reformation books for children, hoping that this will encourage parents and children alike to read about this important period of church history and the great Reformers God raised up.
We start with the TrailBlazer series, which includes books on John Calvin and John Knox (ages 8-12).
A brand new one not yet listed on Grace & Truth Books but available on Amazon is Ulrich Zwingli: Shepherd Warrior by pastor William Boekestein.
About this title we find this description:
By the end of his brief life Ulrich Zwingli would change the religious landscape of his home and the world. It wasn’t until the last few years of his life that he became a reformer. He fought for truth and righteousness with his mind and pen, he fought for lost souls to hear the good news of Jesus Christ, and at the age of forty-seven, as an army chaplain, he was killed on the battle-field. The Shepherd Warrior, Ulrich Zwingli, fought the good fight.With his last strength he voiced his victory: “They can kill the body but not the soul!”
Next we may mention the excellent books by Simonetta Carr, published by Reformation Heritage Books here in Grand Rapids, MI. She has well-written and beautifully illustrated books on Luther, Calvin, Knox, and Lady Jane Grey.
Concerning her title on Luther we find this description and contents:
Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God’s truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer’s greatest accomplishment, she writes, “has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel.”
Table of Contents:
1. From Law Student to Monk
2. Looking for Peace with God
3. A Powerful List
4. A Reluctant Rebel
5. Starting a Reformation
6. Raising a Family
7. Ready to Die in the Lord
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Finally, we may also mention the historical novels on various Reformers by Douglas Bond. This Christian church history teacher has written titles on Calvin, Knox, Wycliffe, and the Huguenots.
About the work on Knox the publisher has this to say:
John Knox, the Thundering Scott, lives a life of adventure and danger in turbulent, corrupt sixteenth-century Scotland. Finding himself a wanted man, Knox is besieged in a castle by French soldiers, seized, and made a galley slave. Yet he is unflinching in his stand for the gospel, even in the face of assassins and death, and even when his fiery preaching makes him an enemy of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Told from the perspective of a young student resolved to protect Knox no matter the cost, Douglas Bond’s thrilling biographical novel provides a look at the harrowing life story of a giant of the faith. Discover the fascinating story of a timid man transformed by the grace and power of the gospel into one of the most influential figures in Scottish history.
Blessed, happy Reformation reading!