See below for our list of church history resources!
Next year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s well known act of defiance against the church of his day: the nailing of the 95 Theses on the door in Wittenberg.
But what about what happened before Martin Luther?
Church History October
Join us this October for an exploration of church history resources for kids and teens: book reviews, author interviews, and lots of reading recommendations (even for grown-ups!). Our focus: surveys of church history plus early, pre-Reformation church history plus some 20th century missions spotlights.
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Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will feature church history-related posts; non church history-related content will post on Tuesday and Thursday. Fridays will be especially rich: interviews and extra reading recommendations. You won’t want to miss it! But don’t worry about keeping up–just follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.
From the beginning–before the beginning–God has been lovingly, patiently, and sacrificially at work on behalf of his bride, the Church: He continues to protect, guide, and sustain her up until this very day.
As you meet these Christians who have gone before in the pages of books, remember that someday we will be praising the Lord with these very same witnesses! We will meet King David, Polycarp, Augustine, Lilias Trotter, and countless others in person. You might consider singing through “For All the Saints” at some point this month as you learn about the witnesses who have gone before us.
Special Printable for Newsletter Subscribers!
Finally, our newsletter subscribers will be receiving a free church history printable designed by Janie just for kids; if you are not already a subscriber, be sure to sign up so you can enjoy this resource with your family!
Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
AND NOW: THE BOOKS!
regularly updated list of titles reviewed this month below
- *The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross (picture book; Biblical history)
- The One O’Clock Miracle (picture book; Biblical history)
- *Miracle Man (picture book; Jesus)
- Heroes of the Faith Series (picture book biographies; ancient church)
- *Lily: The Girl Who Could See (picture book; biography; missions)
- *The Book of God (middle grades; graphic novel; history of the Bible)
- *The Radical Book for Kids (all ages)
- Peril and Peace (middle grades; chronicles of the ancient church)
- Monks and Mystics (middle grades; chronicles of the Medieval church)
- *Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines (middle grades; biography; missions)
- Brother Andrew: Taking Bibles to the World (picture book biography; missions)
- Brother Andrew: God’s Secret Agent (middle grades; biography)
- The Revolt (middle grades; historical fiction; Wycliffe)
- The Accidental Voyage (middle grades; historical fiction; early church/hymnody)
- Michelangelo for Kids (middle grades)
- Trial and Triumph: Stories of Church History (middle grades; mini-biographies/anthology)
- Radiant: 50 Remarkable Women in Church History (middle grades; mini-biographies/anthology)
- God’s Story: A Student’s Guide to Church History (teens; church history survey)
- Saints and Heroes to the End of the Middle Ages (middle grades/teens; church history/anthology)
INTERVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS!
- Brian Cosby, pastor of Wayside Presbyterian and author of God’s Story (featured on RR this month)
- Douglas Bond, author of The Revolt and The Accidental Voyage (featured on RR this month; author of LOTS more!)
- Simonetta Carr, author of Michelangelo for Kids (featured this month on RR) and many more
- Tim Challies, author and blogger at Challies.com
- Pastor, Blogger, Author, Editor: More Church History Recommendations for the Whole Family! (we contact the experts for even more resources you’ll want to check out!)
Which resources were new for you? Did you discover any new family favorites or perhaps a new author or series to explore?