Sunday, October 3, 2010

the Church History ABCs by Stephen J. Nichols & Ned Bustard

9781433514722 Dramatically converted on the stormy seas, a slave-trader-turned-abolitionist penned the best-loved hymn of the Christian faith. A church father was arrested and martyred for teaching the truth about Christ’s incarnation. Captured by pirates and shipped off to Ireland, a priest baptized thousands of pagans, from paupers to princes. Now who ever said church history was boring?

Heidi Says . . . The Church History ABCs is a fun way for kids to learn about great figures in Christian history. Twenty-six heroes of the faith march through the alphabet, boldly telling their stories in language children can understand. This wide range of characters—men and women from across the centuries, from all over the globe—reflects the breadth of church history and reminds children that these great figures of the past were living, breathing people who lived and died for the glory of God.

The Church History ABCs is a great book for Christian homeschooling families (or any family that might be trying to introduce church history to their children).  It’s a 32-page, 9x12” hardcover book. Each page is devoted to a particular letter of the alphabet (in ABC order, of course) – these pages contain a large alphabet letter, a little phrase to remember the letter, and a name of someone in church history, along with a short “auto”biography of this person (written in first person).  The back of the book contains more detailed information about each of the featured people in the book, including their years of life (which would be a great starting point for putting together a timeline of church history). 

The book has its own website, which you can check out here.  You can learn a bit more about the authors here (I was excited to see that they’re rather local – PA).  And the favorite of every homeschool parent – activity pages!

I’d recommend The Church History ABCs and will definitely be adding our copy to our school bookshelf.  I can see this book being a great starting point for further research on many of the people included in its pages.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from Crossway.  The opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.  I was not compensated in any other way.

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