Engaging story of some heroes from the Reformation
December 29, 2011
St. Paul, MN
Growing up, I was introduced to a wide assortment of "heroes of the Christian faith." But most of them were Americans -- pastors, or presidents, or missionaries -- and most were from the last two hundred years. As an adult, I came to a deeper appreciation of the Reformation, and I learned about a whole era of church history that was to some degree overlooked in my education. I now appreciate men like John Calvin and Martin Luther for their courage and tenacity, their faith and piety. As I continue to study the Reformation, it's lesser-known figures are also catching my eye. The work of men whom history has almost entirely forgotten, continues down to this day in such influential church documents as the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Heidelberg Catechism.
In a new book by William Boekestein, the story of the creation of the Heidelberg Catechism is told on a child's level. "The Quest for Comfort: The Story of The Heidelberg Catechism" traces the life stories of Caspar Olevianus, Zacharius Ursinus, and Frederick III. These three forgotten men, are the primary authors of the most enduring Reformation era Catechism: The Heidelberg Catechism.
The turbulent period of the Reformation and the fervent faith of these great men are captured well in this short book. Children will see preachers in jail, and Christians in exile -- and such realities are sure to encourage reflection and interaction with the story. The book also introduces the Heidelberg Catechism and would serve well as a book to be read alongside a family study of this important catechism.
Young readers will be enthralled by the names of these men, if not their tales. And the pages of this book are fully illustrated with a classic look and rich, full colors which will transport the reader to another age. The deluxe hardback binding will ensure the book stands up to the constant use young minds will make of it.
I would imagine that young readers in the 3rd - 6th grades would be able to read this independently. And children from Kindergarten and up will find the story fascinating. The color pictures make the book ideal even for younger children in a family devotions setting.
I wish as a child I had access to books like this that majored on the Reformation story, and the rich and varied history of the Christian faith. Author William Boekestein has written other tales for children, such as "Faithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres" (the author of the Belgic Confession). His simple and direct style is suitable for children and I hope he goes on to write many more wonderful tales such as these for children.
I highly recommend this book. I recommend purchasing this book as a special gift for a young person in your life. You'll be doing them a big favor and introducing them to the world of the Reformation.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.