Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reformation Day Books for Kids (Including a Giveaway!)

Yesterday I shared the story of the Reformation and the part Martin Luther played in it.  Today I thought it would be fun to share a few resources that have the story on a level that kids can understand.  There are actually several options that I've found/heard about:

1. Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World  I've not actually read this book, but I've heard good things about it!  It's a summary of Luther's life and work intended for older kids.  My friend, Christina, at To Show Them Jesus used it with her boys and her only caveat is that it has a pretty Lutheran bent, so if  your theology doesn't align with their teachings, you might not agree with every statement in the book.  I plan to invest in this book when my boys are a little older.

2.  Martin Luther: What Should I Do? The text of this book is fairly simple and intended for a younger audience.  It's a great introduction to the story of Martin Luther and the beginning of the Reformation, but is still pretty wordy at times even thought it's intended for younger kids.  Because I'm fairly familiar with the story now, I find myself kind of summarizing each page to keep my boys' attention a little better.

3. The Church History ABCs: Augustine and 25 Other Heroes of the Faith.  This book is not entirely about Luther or the Reformation, but it's a fun one that includes him.  Each letter of the alphabet highlights a different person in church history and gives a little information about that character's contribution to church history.  It's interesting and educational.  :)

4.The Barber Who Wanted to Pray.  This book is not specifically about the Reformation, but would be a great choice if you've already studied Martin Luther some.  It's intended for older kids and is about Luther's barber who asked Luther about how to pray when he came into his shop one day.  Martin Luther responded with a letter explaining what Scripture teaches us about prayer.  I plan to invest in a copy of this too when my boys are a little older.

I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway with this post.  One reader will get to choose any ONE book above to add to their family's library!  Just enter the giveaway below using your facebook account or email address and you'll be entered to win!  Giveaway will run until Thursday, October 26th at Midnight and a winner will be announced Friday morning.

Have you read any of the above resources?  What are your thoughts on them?

P.S.  Thanks to my friend Christina for her input on book #1 and reminding me about book #4!  :)

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  1. Yay, I love book giveaways:) I love the A-Z book too. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. Great and looking forward to win them!

  3. I have all of these books. I ad-lib a bit on #1 because, while I am grateful for how God used Luther, I don't think he was the best/greatest/most important contributor to church history as the author suggests; I think that Luther was one of a number of folks that God used mightily. However, it is still a nice introduction to Luther for young children. Catherine Mackenzie (author of #2) is an excellent children's author and continues to grow. I love how she seeks to present the Gospel in each of her "Little Lights" biographies. #3 is colorful and a lot of fun. It probably appeals to the widest age range since you can choose which portion to read. There are also free activity pages on the book's dedicated website which would be a fun addition to a family Reformation Day celebration. My kids enjoyed "Pin the Tail on the Theologian" in particular.(http://www.churchhistoryabcs.com/activities.html) I love #4 as well and wrote my thoughts in a review on my blog, for anyone who might be interested in reading them. ;) (http://www.hankinsfamily.com/2011/12/book-review-barber-who-wanted-to-pray.html)

    Thanks for sharing these great choices with everyone!

    1. Thanks for your insightful thoughts!!! I appreciate it! :)

  4. I'm starting early trying to influence my kiddos to love reading, especially books of truth.

  5. Never heard of any of them! hopefully I win so I can read them!



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