It can’t have escaped your notice that it’s 500 years since the Reformation. The book ‘Reformation ABC’s’ by Stephen J Nichols and Ned Bustard is intended for children but extremely useful for adults. It fills in all the history of the Reformation; why it happened, where, how and who was involved. Each letter of the alphabet is used to explain a small part of the bigger picture. There is a lot of information! I think the book is a great resource for us adults trying to fit the history of the Reformation together and a useful book for families with older children. A map would be a useful item to have alongside as you learn about the Hugenouts, Geneva, Florence and Zurich.
At the end of the book there is a timeline of events and key people and a section called ‘Reformation in Numbers’
I bought my copy from Amazon. The book is published by Crossway and is also available from 10ofThose who offer discounts based on number of copies bought.
Marty Machowski’s ‘Leading Your Child to Christ’ is one of those books that you can sit and read all in one go (I just did!) and will want to dip back into time and again.
He has put together a book all about sharing the Gospel with your children. It’s mainly for parents but it has a lot of useful things to say to anyone who works with children in church/youth club.
So what’s it all about? Well clearly Marty believes that children need to be saved. But he is clear that this doesn’t mean that adults should try to manipulate them or lead them to ‘right’ answers about what the Bible teaches. Children often want to please us and so will agree to things on a surface level. This is not advocated in the book.
Instead, Marty explains that our conviction should be that God works in a persons life. We tell the gospel but it is God who saves. This book gives practical suggestions as to how we explain the gospel and how we live the gospel in front of our children.
The book begins with giving examples of children’s testimonies and an explanation of where the book is going.
The main part of the book is a breakdown of leading your child to Christ based on A- Admit you are a sinner; B- Believe in your heart the full Gospel of Christ; C – Confess your faith in Jesus and D- Demonstrate the fruit of repentance.
This may sound like a formula but as the headings are explained it becomes clear that this is not the case. I particularly found the section on Belief helpful. It’s such a hard concept to explain as it is more than an acknowledgement of a set of truths. It is a full trusting of all of ourselves to what God has said and done- not always easy to explain.
Marty also gives us the core truths of what the gospel is. What’s great about it is that each statement begins not with something about us but about God.
Now the nitty gritty – the book is not expensive – I bought my copy from Amazon and it took a while to reach me. 10of Those sell it too – £2.60 for one copy. Well worth buying and reading. An excellent book.
Kevin DeYoung has written an overview of the Bible in ten short chapters. That may sound like an impossibility but actually it’s a very good telling of the story of the whole Bible. He takes us from the garden of Eden to the new Heaven and the new Earth.
There is one small downside – he does use a few expressions that seem a bit clumsy and maybe the style is overly chatty. However, I either got used to this or it was more prominent in the early chapters as I soon no longer noticed. This is a great book. It is not just for children. Adults could easily find it a refreshing read reminding them of God’s love and his plan to bring about redemption.
The book is illustrated by Don Clark. I love the illustrations. They are colourful and striking. Lots of detail to look at and talk about with a child. But they aren’t childish and consequently this is suitable to give to a family to read and enjoy. For someone who is interested in putting the bits and pieces they have heard about Bible stories together, into a meaningful whole, this book would be a great gift.
Kevin DeYoung writes ‘I pray that for some this book may become a treasured ‘member’ of the family’. It is certainly a member of mine and will be read and treasured.
You can buy from amazon
I bought the book from 10ofThose (slightly cheaper). They have a good discount if you order 5 copies. (£7.79 each)
Published by Crossway
It seems like five minutes ago it was Christmas. And here we are and it’s Easter. Sunday will be Palm Sunday. It has come round so fast this year.
We are ready in one way as we bought a book for each child at our toddler group. ‘The Day the Earth Shook’ is a great book by Helen Buckley and Jenny Brake. We also have some books for parents that will be available for anyone who is interested in knowing more. (See picture above – all from 10ofThose) The leaflet/card ‘He is Risen’ comes as a tear off sheet in packs of 35. They tell the Easter Story and have a space for a greeting. They arrive as A4 size and once folded in half make a nice take home story. They are suitable for children up to the age of 11 – or for families. They aren’t tracts but a retelling of the story of Easter.
We may also have a small chocolate egg for the children. We will definitely have hot cross buns for the adults at out last toddler group the Thursday before Good Friday.
Palm Sunday Story idea –
Easter Story idea –