Inside the Reformation
An insider's look at Reformation-era history
Having just concluded a ten week adult SS series on the Reformation, I was excited to get my hands on a new book that introduces children to the world of the Reformation. Inside the Reformation, compiled by Mark Sengele, is a beautifully produced, coffee-table quality book for kids. The pictures and illustrations are top-notch and will captivate young readers.
The book covers such topics as the Holy Roman Empire, world exploration, music, food and medicine in the middle ages, travel, art, architecture and more. Martin Luther is the focus of this work produced by Concordia Publishing House. Some space is devoted to LutherÃ¢ÂÂs wife and other reformers such as Philip Melanchthon, John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli. Important Reformation events such as LutherÃ¢ÂÂs 95 Theses and the Diet of Worms, as well as significant documents, like the Augsburg Confession and the Book of Concord are also surveyed.
The book is a montage of assorted pictures and information, and no attempt is made to tell the full story of the Reformation, directly. Even so, the collection of engaging images and intriguing facts will spur readers to research further and inquire into the history of the Reformation for themselves. The detail and intricacy of some of the concepts covered in this book make it more suited for children in middle school and above.
This book would make a great resource for the child studying Reformation-era history. It would also serve as a useful addition to a homeschool curriculum covering Church history. I was quite impressed with the quality of the book and am very thankful that such high-quality resources are being made available for our children.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by Concordia Publishing House. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
January 12, 2013
Relive the world of the reformation in pictures!
Inside the Reformation uses pictures and commentary to immerse readers in the cultural context of the Reformation world. The book is divided into thirty-four general topics, including city life, clothing, food and drink, music, medicine, education, and much more. Each section is two pages in length with anywhere from six to ten pictures and related commentary explaining how each image relates to the reformation. Since this book is published by Concordia Publishing House, it should be no surprise that this book places a strong emphasis on the life of Martin Luther.
I am simply amazed at the treasure of a book CPH was able to produce using a combination of stock photos, classic artwork, and images from other CPH books. We live at a time when learners are becoming more and more visual and are more comfortable absorbing smaller bits of information. I am continually pleased with the ways CPH is willing to step outside of the traditional publishing box, in order to bring the reformation and the life of Martin Luther to a new generation.
I heartily recommend Inside the Reformation to any reader who wants to learn more about the life and times of the reformation. My wife and I will be using the book as an additional resource for our homeschooling curriculum. The folks at Sonlight and Tapestry Grace would do well to take note of Inside the Reformation as it would be a great addition to their recommended reading lists. Pastors and other Christian businesses may want to consider picking up a copy of Inside the Reformation for use as a coffee table book in their office or lobby. Your guests will surely be blessed by this great little volume.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by Concordia Publishing House. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
October 31, 2012