Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Queen's Smuggler by Dave & Neta Jackson

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Dave & Neta Jackson once again bring to life one of the great heroes of the faith - William Tyndale. This might be my favorite in their Trailblazers Series.

In this story we are introduced to William Tyndale and several of individuals who were sympathetic to his cause and helped him with the translation and distribution of the English language Bible.

The Poyntz family were good friends of Mr. Tyndale's and not only did they house him for some time they also helped to smuggle English Bibles into England. When Tyndale is captured their young daughter (a fictional character) comes up with a bold plan to rescue him. She will smuggle a copy of Tyndale's New Testament to Queen Anne and maybe the Queen will be able to change the King's mind and spare Tyndale's life. Will she have the courage to go through with it? Will it be successful?

Positives: An excellent introduction to William Tyndale, his work and the danger he faced for his beliefs. As always, the authors state at the beginning of the book which parts of the story are fictional, however the story flows perfectly together. I was glad the authors chose a young lady to be the one to help Tyndale.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Due to Tyndale's (and others) tireless efforts and his strong belief that the Bible should be read by the common man in his own language, we today have the English Bible. Take some time to thank God for preserving His Word and teach your child the importance of the Scriptures. Psalm 119 is an excellent starting place. I would also use Ps. 19, II Tim. 3:16-17, Is. 40:7-8.

Age Level: 8-12 year olds

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