I’ve written often about the importance of teaching our kids about their spiritual heritage.
Being familiar with the major historical events and important figures in the history of the church helps them understand how we got where we are now, and feel that sense of heritage and connection with fellow believers in the past. This, along with communicating the concept that the Bible is one cohesive story of God’s plan of redemption, are things I consider absolutely crucial.
Simonetta Carr’s Christian Biographies for Young Readers are a valuable tool in this task. The publisher describes the series this way:
The Christian Biographies for Young Readers introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone’s life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.
I highlighted the volume on Anselm of Canterbury a year or so ago. Now, I’ve had a chance to take a look at the volume on Jonathan Edwards. This gorgeous hardcover is more than a simple storybook. It includes a short introduction, six chapters covering his life from birth to death, a timeline of major events, a map, a “Did You Know?” section with several pages of interesting facts, and the text of a letter he wrote to his daughter. Along with gorgeous illustrations, there are photos of historical sites, artwork, and artifacts associated with Jonathan Edwards.
Edwards is probably best known for his fiery sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” (anyone else remember reading that in high school literature class?), but the truth is there is so much more to him than this one thing. The book does a beautiful job of giving a well-rounded picture of him in understandable text written at a level accessible for any fluent reader, and the events and concepts are explained clearly and simply. It’s a book my young children can enjoy as a read-aloud, but even my thirteen year old can benefit from reading.
Jonathan Edwards is another impressive volume in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series! I’m looking forward to adding more titles to our family library.
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Thanks so much to Cross Focused Reviews and Reformation Heritage Books for a review copy of this title. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own and I received no compensation.