It’s never too early to introduce the next generation to some of the heroes of faith. In this book, children will meet 52 christian men and women (one for each week of the year) from all walks of life who wanted to live for their friend Jesus. There are missionaries, martyrs, writers, reformers, politicians and poets. Their stories are exciting and inspiring and will show children that any of Jesus’ friends can do remarkable things for him - even them!
'Ranging from the accomplished scientist and inventor George Washington Carver to the famous Bible translator John Wycliff, Everyone a Child Should Know introduces our youngest children to the men and women of history whose lives exemplified 1 Corinthians 10:31, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Clare Heath-White has done a marvelous job retelling their stories and the colorful illustrations of Jenny Brake are simply delightful.'
Marty Machowski, Pastor and author of The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short and The Ology.
'In 52 short and simple chapters, Everyone a Child Should Know tells how God has worked through men and women of all sorts and in every age. Try reading one per week to young children, but they’ll want to read "just one more." Each turn of the page reveals another charming illustration and exciting life story—clear reminders to children that their own life is a blank page, yet to be written by the Lord.'
Champ Thornton, author of The Radical Book for Kids
'Here is a great little book for introducing young children to some of the men and women in the last 2,000 years who God has changed into Gospel-people. It’s delightfully illustrated, superbly written and manages to avoid the trap that many fall into when describing Jesus as a friend to children. To a child this may well mean that as their greatest friend the Lord Jesus will make their lives trouble-free. By including stories where things were very hard for some of these friends of Jesus that is skilfully avoided and therefore gives us a great discipling resource for the next generation.It’s also a wonderfully adaptable book which could easily be used to read at bedtime or during family-Bible times or just to enjoy reading with your young child. A must have book for every Christian home.'
Ian Fry, associate minister for families, St Ebbe's Church, Oxford
'This is a beautifully presented book which shares what a difference being friends with Jesus makes to ordinary people, just like you and me.'
Lizzie Bassford, Captivated community
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This is such a wonderful book. I was so excited to get my copy and have started reading it with my two boys (5 and 4). It is an excellent way to introduce little ones to some of the heroes of the faith.
Everyone A Child Should Know is a book about 52 heroes of the Christian faith, from across the centuries and across cultures. It is a wonderfully designed and illustrated book, written for parents to read to younger children that they might be introduced at an early age to some heroes of the faith, friends and followers of Jesus from all walks of life, who served Him, their Saviour and Lord, in all sorts of ways. It is written to introduce young children to Jesus that they might trust Him, love Him and serve Him in their own lives. As one who loves to read biographies, this is a great introduction to the lives of some heroes whose lives still inspire us to love and serve Jesus Christ today.
Everyone a Child Should know has done a wonderful job of collecting a broad range of people to introduce young children to. As Heath–Whyte says, “there are missionaries and martyrs (although fewer martyrs than you might find in a book for older children!), writers, reformers, politicians, preachers and poets. There are sporty people, arty people, brilliant people, and very ordinary people. There are people from hundreds of years ago and people still living today. Some are very well known and some are almost unheard of. Jesus has always had, and always will have, friends in all shaped, sizes and colours, from all different countries and backgrounds.” I absolutely love this introduction for the parents. It is a great reminder of the scene in Revelation 7 of people “from every nation, from all tribes and people and language, standing before the throne and the lamb.” These short, one–page biographies will connect children to 52 people from Church history. An illustration by Jenny Brake is added to each biography providing a very nice visual for children. There are also Memory Cards that can be purchased to aid children in remembering these people as they read through the book from week to week. I love this book and it will be one that is used in my home often for years to come. Highly recommended.
Missionaries and musicians, authors and monarchs, preachers and scientists – these and more are included in this fun way to introduce your children to some heroes of the Christian faith. Gladys Aylward, J.S. Bach, Anne Bradstreet, Fanny Crosby, Jim & Elisabeth Elliot – these are some of the 52 individuals featured, intended to provide readers with one character from Christian history per week. In our home, we have used it as part of our (almost) daily reading routine. At breakfast, we read to our children from the Scriptures; after supper, we read a page from Everyone a Child Should Know. Books like this are valuable tools to inspire your children to great aspirations for God. For each hero or heroine, there is an accompanying attractive, kids–style drawing with a Scripture verse underneath that fits the individual’s life. Each write–up takes approximately two minutes to read (depending on how long the interruptions from the children last!) yet give ample material for gospel conversation with your family. They start with a couple of questions that draw your young listeners in, then proceed to summarize the person’s contribution to the faith around the concept of being “Jesus’ friend” (the phrase occurs in every character portrait). How did they become Jesus’ friend? What did they do for Jesus’ friends? How did they help others become Jesus’ friends? This is a highly recommended resource to read with children ages 3–10. Review originally published in Truth and Tidings, August 2019
This is such a great book for introducing Christian people in history and what they did. It’s only a page per person so is great for young children. As my daughter has got older we have used it as a base for exploring deeper into people she wants to know more about. As a Christian who didn’t grow up in a Christian home, it’s also fantastic for me as I don’t have a huge amount of knowledge about these people either. Some I knew nothing about.
A nice introduction to Christians throughout time. Informative, nice introduction to biographies. However, most examples seem to be a leaving it all behind & serving/sacrificing, whereas for the majority of Christians we find ourselves serving in quite a mundane life, which isn’t as exciting for a book I appreciate but we tended to add in a “you can serve God anywhere” type comment.
I love nothing more than a great biography that engages the mind and stirs the soul into action. I wanted a resource to share with my children the stories of the great heroes of the faith. This book is a helpful resource to begin to familiarise your children with figures from church history. The illustrations are well done. The separate cards are also very helpful for memorisation. Recommended resource.
These four books are amazing titles for family devotions, Bible study around the breakfast table, or a little dive into theology for bedtime stories! We love them!
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