How many of you have children that enjoy reading missionary biographies? Our family, even the youngest children, love reading stories about how God has used people on the mission field. Recently I received a book entitled Great for God: Missionaries Who Changed The World, written by David Shibley. This is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf!
The book is written in such a way that young people will find it fascinating-even hard to put down! 23 chapters each detail the life of a missionary, including men like Eric Liddell, Jim Elliot, and David Livingstone. Additionally, you will learn the stories of women such as Amy Carmichael and Gladys Aylward. Honestly, reading this book is enough to make any adult or child aspire to be great for God! When you read of how God used common people, and the amazing feats they accomplished, you will be amazed, enthralled, and encouraged.
Oh my goodness! I LOVED this book. I read it to my 9 1/2 yr old son as apart of our homeschool curriculum for the 1st quarter. I loved that it covered so many missionaries (23 all together), some we know and some new to us. There is 1 chapter per missionary, each chapter is no longer than 6 or 7 pages. At the beginning of each chapter the date of birth and death are given, as is what legacy they left and a quote from that missionary. This book is great introduction to each of these missionaries, alot of the chapters made us want to learn more about these missionaries. The chapters were basically a summary of each missionaries life from birth to death (or current works). I highly recommend this book for children 7 and up, it's an easy read for them either to listen to or to read themselves.
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Great for God by David Shibley has the subtitle "Missionaries Who Changed the World." The book is made up of short summaries of 23 different missionaries. At the start of each section is the missionary's name, their date/place of birth, their date/place of death, their "legacy", and a quote by that individual. After this is a narrative section of a few pages which gives a short summary of their life as it relates to missions.
I was pleased with this book in a sense. At first I was disappointed because each segment is so short (!) and I really wished to read more about these people, more details. I think I am just used to reading missionary biographies (such as the Christian Heroes Then and Now) which tell the life story, using an entire book on one individual.
After I had reconciled myself to the fact that this is meant to be a brief introduction/overview of different missionaries, I came to see it as a book about missions/missionaries rather than about individual missionaries. That statement may sound a little confusing, but what I meant by it is that throughout reading this book it will be obvious that there is no ONE type of missionary, no ONE way of "doing" missions, no ONE set pattern, no ONE background, etc. Missionaries are people who spread the gospel, in many different ways, in many different places and settings. This book introduces several different missionaries, some well-known, others less-known. If you are a person like me who likes to read more than just a few pages about these individuals, there are books available elsewhere to expand on the names you read about here.
I would recommend this book as a picture of missions and missionaries. It's also useful in introducing the names of missionaries you may wish to learn more about.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Wouldn't you love to have a book to acquaint your children with great missionaries? This is you book then-Great For God by David Shibley and published by New Leaf Publishing. Twenty-six missionaries are pleasantly written of in this helpful volume. Some you may not know as well as others, but the most famous ones are here. You'll learn of a few you didn't know as well.
A synopsis begins each entry with key dates, legacy, and a famous quote. This is a great way to introduce a 6 or 7 page chapter. In my opinion, they are very well written and hold attention. I put the book to the ultimate test. I had my children gather around the table and I read several chapters aloud to them. Then I asked the hardest, most-detailed questions I could think of. My kids didn't miss one question. Even my 5-year-old Macey nailed several questions. That is the ultimate proof to me that this is a quality book for families.
I want my children to know about missionaries. To tell the truth, these type of biographies greatly encourage and challenge me personally. This book is one of the best I've seen of the missionary biography books covering multiple missionaries. I give this book the highest recommendation. It's perfect for what it intends to be and I'm glad the Reagans have it at our disposal.
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We have some family friends that do an amazing job teaching their children about the great Christians that have lived and died to proclaim the Gospel. Some of their kids can give you short biographies on numerous martyrs and missionaries. I've searched for sometime for a book or curriculum within our homeschool budget to introduce our children to some of these great people and their amazing stories.
I was so happy to find Great for God: Missionaries Who Changed the World by David Shibley. Now I can share the stories of 23 of these people who were great for God! What a wonderful place to start! I feel like it's never enough to tell our children what to do. We encourage our children to live for God, we read them the proclamation to go out into all the world, we even have been blessed to expose them to real life missionaries that we consider family friends. It must be a constant reminder, not just a rare remark. With these small book, we can read about the missionaries a tidbit at a time. What a wonderful resource for Christian history!
So far I've only shared one of the stories with the children but they were so excited to hear it! David Livingstone was a familiar name to them and they were intrigued to hear more about his story, his life mission, his call to spread God's word. If you are looking for a resource to introduce your children to missionaries that have served God, look no further. To learn more about Great for God: Missionaries Who Changed the World, check out the information page at New Leaf Publishing. I've personally enjoyed each of the 23 stories and learned about several Christians that I had not known about before. We should always be learning and this is a great start!
I received a copy of this book for free for the purpose of this review from New Leaf Publishing. All opinions are my own.